The Jewel of the West Country
With over 800 years of history, the city of Bristol is famous for its Victorian and Georgian architecture, maritime history and lively cultural scene, which is full of underground music, street art and apple cider. The city was significantly damaged during the bombing raids of the Second World War, but has been regenerated in recent years. With extra cultural kudos from musicians like Tricky and Portishead, as well as street artist Banksy, and its many museums, cafes, shops and bars, Bristol is now developing a reputation as one of the UK's most up-and-coming cities.
When To Visit Bristol
The Bristolian climate is relatively mild, with most rain falling during autumn and winter. The summer months are the best time to visit. Bristol plays host to a number of arts and cultural events, such as the Mayfest theatre festival, every May, St. Paul's Carnival in July, the International Balloon Fiesta in August and BrisFest, a community music festival held in September.
Cost of Living
Prices in Bristol are around that of the UK average. Many things are cheaper than in London, though on average around 10% more expensive than in northern English cities. A simple meal costs anything up from £5 and a pint of beer is about £3.50.
Bristol Airport Transfer, Accommodation and Getting Around
Bristol airport is located around 8 miles from the city centre. The Flyer Bus (A1) takes around 35 minutes and a return ticket (valid for one month) costs about £11, and a single ticket to Temple Meads Station is about £7. A taxi from the airport should cost between £25 and £40.
There's accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes in Bristol. A budget hotel is around £15 per person, per night, and a mid-range hotel at about £45 per room, per night.
Most of Bristol's main attractions are located in the city centre, which is small enough to get around on foot. The city is known for its green credentials and cycling here is easy. Bike hire would set you back around £12 a day or £50 for the week. The city also has a well-maintained and efficient bus service run by First Bristol. A single ticket would cost around £1.60 and a Firstday ticket covering zones 1 and 2 costs about £4. Nearby Bath and Glastonbury are worth visiting and are easily reachable by bus and train.