A cool and constantly transforming city which has brought us the likes of Banksy, Wallace & Gromit, Ribena and of course Brunel. Bristol is a great city for hen groups offering bars on boats, art galleries in toilets, the balloon festival and so much more. A hen friendly city, it has a wealth of bars, restaurants & places of interest which happily accommodate hen groups.
A former dock, the Harbourside has been completely redeveloped and now brings us culture combined with a mass of attractive restaurants, bars & shops. The whole area has a wonderful buzz to it, offering great day time places to visit such as the M-Shed, the Arnolfini, the Watershed film centre & boats such as the Matthew and SS Great Britain.
Tip: This area can get busy especially on sunny days so get us to book your restaurant in advance to ensure your’re not hanging around.
The Harbourside has a wealth of boat trips, canoeing, Kayaking or ferry trips. If you want to combine it with the odd tipple or two, there is a Booze cruise which stops at a number of pubs on route.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The most famous landmark in Bristol created by Brunel. This 76m high Suspension Bridge spans the width of the Avon Gorge. You can walk across the bridge or an alternative is to have a drink on the balcony of the Avon Gorge Hotel and see it with a gin & tonic in hand.
Tip: whilst in Clifton Village explore the wonderful boutique shops, restaurants, delis, cafes & clubs or have a picnic in the park.
Bristol offers such an eclectic mix of shopping experiences – Clifton Village has lovely boutique type shops, retaurants and delis’s. Park Street (shortlisted: Great British High Street of the Year Award 2014) offers trendy clothes boutiques, music stores, art galleries and even one of Banksy’s works in the Cathedral area. Cabots Circus offers mainstream shops such as Zara & Harvey Nichols, cinemas and restaurants. Whiteladies Road has more independent shops, it comes alive at night.
...The weekend was perfect. The cottage was stunning and very comfortable, set in a perfect location which was easily accessible to Bristol. We had a great day shooting and an even better night out in Bristol.
Bars & Restaurants
The former church building should be enough to get you to visit let alone the food. Offers great food from 9am till 11pm – a must place to eat. Tip: This is a popular place to go so get us to reserve your table to ensure a stress free weekend.
Started in Bristol this wonderful Latin American restaurant is found down at the Harbourside & on Whiteladies Road in Clifton. Both restaurants have a great vibe.
This is a great little Cocktail bar which has a cracking atmosphere and fantastic, friendly bar service. Open till the early hours it is well worth a visit! We can arrange the transfers to and from your cottage to take the hassle out your evening.
Great food with an al fresco area on the outside pavement.
Hyde & Co
If you are looking for a low-lit chilled bar which stays open until 3am in the morning head for Hyde & Co. Set on the Clifton Triangle at the bottom of Whiteladies Road it is great at the end the evening when you don’t want to go home!
There are loads of other great places in Bristol, let us know what sort of things you like and we can come up with some ideas.
May: Loves saves the Day
In its fourth year this festival has a wealth of music found in Eastville Park. See website
May: Eat Drink Bristol Fashion
A pop-up festival of food, drink and music set in a spectacular tipi village. Located in Queen Square (near the centre) visitors will find a fine dining restaurant for 100 people, a tapas bar for 300 and live music that is free to enjoy every day from 12 noon to 11pm! See website
June: Festival of Nature
Part of the Big Green Week, Bristol’s Festival of Nature is a free event with interactive exhibitions, market stalls, talks, live entertainment, and workshops.
June: Let’s Rock Bristol
Within the beautiful Ashton Court Estate this music weekend has an enormous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s, and an action packed weekend of general 80s madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this Family Friendly Festival!
July: Bristol Harbourside Festival
A totally free event this can’t be missed if you are a fan of music, arts, circus, dance, boats, nautical capers, good food and drink and general enjoyment! See website
July: Bristol Comedy Gate
Five nights of giggles and laughs set in the lovely Queens Square near the city centre this is a must for anyone who loves comedy nights.
July: Grill stock
A ticket based, two day festival of meat, music and mayhem. This is great for those that love food from all different parts of the world.
August: Balloon Fiesta
Europe’s largest annual hot air balloon event. The Fiesta attracts 500,000 visitors during the show’s four days – and is free to attend. See website
December: Bristol Christmas Market
In the depths of the City Centre the Christmas Market is set-up Cabots Circus. There are lots of chalets selling unique, handcrafted items ideal for the perfect Christmas gift. Simply wander round enjoying a glass of mulled wine getting into the festive spirit.
1. Ribena was invented in Bristol, at the National Fruit and Cider Institute, after sources of Vitamin C dwindled during World War II and researchers found blackcurrants to be a great alternative to oranges.
2. It’s a hub of comedy with many famous comedians’ coming out of Bristol. David Walliams & Matt Lucas both studied at Bristol University and Russell Howard and Stephen Merchant were born there.
3. Bristol has had loads of TV programmes produced throughout its streets such as Casualty, Skins, Afterlife and many more. It is also the home to Wallace and Gromit.
Getting to Bristol
Bristol Temple Meads is a very short taxi ride from the City Centre. Bristol Parkway is further out from the City Centre. By Car:
Come off junction 19 of the M4 and follow the M32 into the centre.