Famous for its maritime history and friendly residents, Bristol offers a diverse range of attractions. The city has a thriving independent spirit, which is exactly what one would expect from a city that gave the world both Banksy and Wallace & Gromit.
The SS Great Britain is arguably the city's most notable contribution to maritime history. The innovative steamship was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843 and has been beautifully refurbished to include a working model of the original steam engine. The highlight, however, is the 'glass sea' on which the ship sits that allows visitors to view the screw propeller.
Families with little ones will be entertained for hours at At-Bristol. The interactive science museum has zones featuring everything from space to technology, sport, and the human brain. And offers stargazing shows in its 3D planetarium in the evenings.
The city's stately theatre, Bristol Old Vic, was established in 1946 and hosts big touring productions. Whether classics, contemporary or experimental works, the beautiful theatre offers something for everyone.
Visit the Bristol Cathedral to witness an impressive example of medieval architecture. Originally founded as a 12th-century monastery church, the cathedral was heavily remodeled during the 19th century. In addition to its astonishing architectural features, it contains a rare Saxon carving of the Harrowing of Hell, several memorials, and a historic organ.
Those feeling peckish should drop by St Nicholas Market. Here, a bevy of food stalls sell all the British favourites. And on Wednesdays, the farmers market offers a selection of the area's freshest ingredients. Lines can be long, so an early start is recommended.