5 fantastic Bristol micro-breaks to try
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In search of an adventure, but short on time? Let us introduce some Bristol micro-breaks - downsized versions of the mini-break!
Families are spoilt for choice in Bristol. The city is packed with child-entertaining activities, award-winning attractions, exciting events and a wide range of kid-friendly restaurants.
Morning: At-Bristol Science Centre’s interactive exhibits make for a thrilling educational visit.
Lunch: Za Za Bazaar has a street-food-style buffet that sizzles with a night market vibe and cuisine from around the globe.
Afternoon: Bristol Zoo Gardens - look out for animatronic dinosaurs this summer.
Dinner: Handmade pizza and family-friendly dining at The Stable.
Stay: The Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is conveniently close to many family attractions.
Bristol is bursting with ways to woo your beloved on a romantic break. Luxury accommodation, relaxing spa days, dreamy views, exceptional restaurants and cosy candlelit bars.
Lunch: The classy Ivy Clifton Brasserie is sister restaurant to the famed Covent Garden eatery.
Afternoon: Explore the city on a bike for two with Bristol Tandem Hire.
Dinner: After a busy day, a revitalising visit to The Lido Bristol is the perfect antidote.
Stay: Go glamping in the city and stay in a rooftop ‘rocket’ at Brooks Guesthouse.
For culture buffs
From street art to fine art, ancient theatres to contemporary circus spaces, Bristol has everything for the discerning culture vulture.
Morning: Marvel at one of Brunel’s masterpieces, the SS Great Britain.
Lunch: The White Lion Bar at the Avon Gorge Hotel has a terrace overlooking the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Afternoon: Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for contemporary arts.
Dinner: The Ox does a great early-bird deal for theatre goers.
Evening: Bristol Old Vic is the UK’s oldest continuously-running theatre.
Stay: Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel is located in the heart of the theatre district.
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For girly weekenders
Gather your girl squad and head for Bristol for the ultimate girly break. Indulge at a swanky spa hotel, treat yourselves to afternoon tea, update your wardrobe and catch up over classy cocktails. Morning: Visit Clifton Village’s eclectic mic of shops
Lunch: Book a personalised stylist session at Harvey Nichols before refuelling in their restaurant.
Afternoon: Cox & Baloney can host a traditional vintage afternoon tea party wth its own unique twist.
Dinner: Head for the roof terrace at laid back Bambalan in Colston Tower.
Stay: Swim in the old Lloyd’s Bank vaults at Bristol Harbour Hotel’s new subterranean spa.
For urban hipsters
Bristol’s bohemian, unorthodox soul means it has long been home to many a hipster haunt. Fill your day with Banksy murals, über trendy craft beer bars and fascinating street food.
Morning: Learn about Bristol’s booming street art scene with a Where the Wall tour.
Lunch: You’ll find organic, locally-sourced food, live music and community vibes at The Canteen.
Afternoon: All sorts of delicious street food can be found at St Nicholas Market.
Dinner: Pizza and craft beer with retro decor at Beerd.
Stay: The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel has just had an extensive makeover, drawing inspiration from Bristol’s street art scene.
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