As we all know, London is one of the tourist capitals of the world. However, to suggest that this is the only city in the UK worthy of a visit would be a gross exaggeration. Away from the fact that this is incredibly expensive, there are other parts of the country which flaunt culture, attractions and more to really allow you to make the most of the UK.
As the title of this post might have already suggested, today’s focus is Bristol. Through the course of the post, we will now take a look at some of the reasons why you must try and put this on your itinerary if you are planning a visit to the UK anytime soon.
Let’s get one of the main reasons out of the way first; Bristol is cheap to stay in when compared to London. Hotels are readily available and this comes despite the fact that there are a wealth of things to do here.
It’s as accessible as it can be
We are not going to plot out directions from every other city here, but considering the fact that most tourists are flying into London we will concentrate on this. In simple terms, getting from London to Bristol is a breeze on the train. It can take as little as 94 minutes if you plan your trip accordingly, although make sure you arrive at Bristol Temple Meads as this is the most central of the stations.
It has plenty of history
Does its history compete with London? Of course not. However, if we were to wind back the clock to Medieval times, this was the joint second largest city in the country (behind London, obviously).
As such, it has plenty of history and culture to go off. There are plenty of museums, the harborside history museum being one of the most famous, while the fact it has a castle, gothic architecture and even cliffs and caves means there’s a little bit of everything.
A bit of Banksy
Banksy has been in the news a little more over recent times, but when it comes to Bristol this was actually the home of the artist. This was his initial stomping ground and if you look hard enough, you’ll find several or his original murals doing the rounds. The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum and the Mild, Mild West are a couple of the most famous and unsurprisingly, some people visit solely to see his early work.
The nightlife is up there with the best
If you are looking for some of the best nightlife in the country (and again without spending a pretty penny), Bristol could be your answer. From traditional pubs to underground, lively bars, Bristol has it all. This is a city that appeals to the masses and while there is a heavy emphasis on university culture, you will still find plenty of sophisticated spots. Furthermore, the nightlife is quite concentrated – you won’t be shelling out for a taxi between venues.
It’s the festival capital
Again, excluding London, Bristol is up there with the best when it comes to festivals. You will be well and truly spoilt for choices and whether you want food festivals, gin, walking or even crime writing ones, this is a city that has it all.
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