The beautiful and vibrant city of Bristol is situated near the confluence of the Rivers Frome and Avon holding a huge variety of architectural styles, making it a really special place to linger.
Bristol is known for its lively music scene, picturesque spots such as the harbourside area, or sightseeing highlights like Bristol Cathedral. You should definitely plan a whole day for exploring the city properly.
Famous bands and artists from the city include Idles and Massive Attack. Trip Hop, Hardcore, Post Punk, or typical Bristol Sound - learn about the left field underground culture that is present in every street of this special city. Wander through the hood exploring the best of graffiti art. You may even spot some great artwork by Bristol-born Banksy.
Independent record store in the heart of Bristol for all music lovers. Take your time to browse the huge vinyl range. A really nice place for a music souvenir from your trip to this city.
This Bristol branch of the iconic record store offers a decent sized gig space and excellent amount of vinyl and more. Free and ticketed events happen most nights of the week - mix of big names like Idles plus smaller local acts. Also featuring a nice café as well as a bar.
The Hatchet inn is supposed to be the oldest pub in Bristol. Also a hangout for music lovers from all genres and ages - such as Metallers, Rockers, Punks, Goths and other Alternative people. Excellent tunes included.
The building itself dates back to the year 1606. The pub also features a venue and a beer garden, facing the O2 Academy.
Bristol Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in the heart of the city. It was founded in 1140 and is located on College Green. With its tall Gothic windows and pinnacled skyline, it is one of the main landmarks in town. In addition to the cathedral's architectural features, it contains several important memorials.
Since its opening back in 2009, this is one of Bristol's key destinations for rare & collectible vinyl. With a huge range of music genres you may probably find something to fit your taste. Just do not look for CDs or anything into Chart Pop music.
Wanted Records is located in St Nicholas Market, inmidst some more record stores. Definitely worth visit and not to miss when in town.
Bristol Harbour is a beautifully renovated harbourside area in the heart of the city. Including tourist attractions, renovated docks, shops, entertainment, and restaurants and cafés. It has existed since the 13th century but was developped into its current form in the early 19th century. Bristol Harbour was the original port of Bristol, but as ships and their cargo have increased in size, it has been replaced by docks at Avonmouth and Portbury downstream at the mouth of the River Avon.
The harbour is now a tourist attraction with museums, galleries, exhibitions, bars, and nightclubs. Former workshops and warehouses have been converted or replaced by cultural venues.
Historic boats are permanently berthed in the harbour. These include the SS Great Britain, which was the first iron-hulled and propeller-driven ocean liner. Former passenger steamship and now museum ship, it was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859), for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York City. Now listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, Great Britain is a main visitor attraction and really worth a visit.
Brilliant little record store for all who are into Rock music and similar like Punk or Metal. Also rare vinyl.
The Rock Shop is located in St Nicholas Market, inmidst some more record stores. Definitely worth visit and not to miss when in town.
O2 Academy Bristol has been hosting live performances since 2001. On stage: bright new acts along classic performers. It opened with a sell-out performance from Ocean Colour Scene. The venue’s history stretches back to November 1966, when it opened as cinema.
O2 Academy Bristol has provided plenty of memorable moments and iconic performances such as Faithless, Gorillaz, Thom Yorke, Elbow, Foals, Arcade Fire, Amy Winehouse, Kings of Leon, Massive Attack, Portishead, Robert Plant, Babyshambles, The Libertines, Roger Daltrey, and The Charlatans.
Colston Hall is Bristol’s largest concert hall, presenting concerts and entertainment since the year 1867 by major names in Rock, Pop, Jazz, Folk, World, up to Classical music.
These walls have hosted music from the likes of Robert Plant, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Motörhead, and Bob Dylan.
The imposing and iconic foyer has made this place an architecturally significant addition to the city’s skyline. Also offering a café bar, roof terrace, conferencing, and education facilities.
Also - do not miss the Record Fairs.
This is a stunning alternative to the corporate environment of many city hotels: Number 38 provides a contemporary home away from home-feeling. Set in a Georgian townhouse, it offers stylish rooms with views of the Clifton Downs or Bristol city. Number 38 Clifton is around 3 km from the centre of Bristol.
Glastonbury, Somerset, is a beautiful town attracting people with New Age and Neopagan beliefs. Moreover, it is notable for myths and legends related to Glastonbury Tor. The town boasts with unique shops and quirky places you won't find anywhere else.
Initially a Roman settlement, Wells today is a small town with a world-renowned cathedral. Medieval structures can be found throughout the city, with the Vicars' Close and the Bishop's Palace among the ones that are most worth seeing.
Bath is a beautiful city known for and named after its Roman-built baths. With its idyllic setting in the valley of the River Avon, the city became a World Heritage site in 1987. Always worth a visit with its numerous sightseeing spots such as Bath Abbey or many other buildings in Georgian architecture.
Both capital and most popular visitor destination in Wales. The Cardiff music scene is also well-established and wide-ranging: it is linked to numerous bands, famous both nationally and internationally. Including Shirley Bassey, Manic Street Preachers, Lostprophets, Super Furry Animals, and Bullet for My Valentine.
Bristol (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)
Bristol (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)