A visit to M Shed, a museum telling Bristol’s story, offers a perfect introduction to the city. From here, sample the independent shops nearby or visit the Arnolfini gallery, before lunch in one of the harbourside restaurants or pubs. The Watershed is the cultural heart of the city, with great local food alongside a busy event and cinema programme.
Later, take a short walk or boat ride to Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The world’s first luxury cruise liner has been restored to its Victorian glory. Now an award winning attraction, experience the sights, sounds and smells of this great ship, climb the rigging with Go Aloft, or visit the new Being Brunel museum to discover more about its famous engineer. Nearby, Spike Island – home to contemporary art, design and a fantastic café – rounds out the afternoon.
Bristol is famous for its food scene, with Michelin star winners, local independents and casual dining all options for your first night. Later still, head to the city’s pubs for local beer and live music, or catch a concert at the atmospheric St George’s Bristol.