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With its maritime history, vibrant music and arts scene and reputation for relaxed, bohemian living, Bristol is a warm and welcoming city with a lot to see. Although often overlooked by tourists making their way to other destinations in the South West, Bristol's parks, canalways and galleries are always a joy to explore.

Bristol was an important trading hub during the Middle Ages, with connections to Wales, Ireland, France and Spain. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became a centre for shipbuilding and industrialisation in the South West. Today, Bristol celebrates its maritime history with all kinds of public exhibitions and museums, and getting around in a ferry boat is a great way to see the best of the city.

The city centre is fairly compact, and home to the sprawling Shopping Quarter with dozens of high street brands and independent boutiques. Made up of Broadmead, The Galleries, Quakers Friars and Cabot Circus, there's enough going on in to keep even the most dedicated shopaholic going for hours. As if that wasn't enough, Cribbs Causeway is always waiting on the outskirts of Bristol!

Bristol is also a very musical city with great nightlife, particularly along the harbour area where you’ll find everything from buzzing clubs to relaxed live music venues.

Hostels in Bristol
Hostels in Bristol

YHA Bristol offers high-quality accommodation in the city centre, located right on the canalside with close links to some of the city's biggest attractions. YHA Cheddar and Bath also both provide good access to the city for those who want to take a break in more rural surroundings.


Five Free Things To Do in Bristol

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
With more than 20 galleries arranged over three floors, there's lots to see at this museum - from wildlife and dinosaurs to exhibitions on the history of Bristol itself.

Millennium Square
The open paved space, which is home to a large and impressive water feature, is a great place to sit and enjoy an outdoor lunch in the summer months.

Georgian House Museum
Set in an 18th century, six-storey townhouse, this museum brings to life the luxurious lifestyle of a Georgian nobleman, complete with restored furnishings.

Castle Park
Right in the heart of mediaeval Bristol, this park offers great views of St Peter's Church, as well as a formal garden and the remains of the historic city walls.

The Arnolfi
Bristol's answer to the Tate Modern, the Arnolfi is always home to some weird and wonderful installations. Of course, Bristol has plenty of great street art that you can see for free too!

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