There are many reasons why people visit the city of Bristol in the south west of England. Bristol has many exciting attractions from museums to art galleries, restaurants, pubs and cafes. Check out the famous landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Circus as well as Wookey Hole, multiple limestone caves near the River Axe. Bristol also has a lively cultural scene, music and street art by Banksy, which is a must-see. Bath and Glastonbury are close by and definitely worth a day trip. They are easy to get to by train or bus from Bristol.
Bristol weather and local events
Bristol generally has a mild climate. The autumn and winter months see a lot of rain while the summer months are quite warm and the best time to visit. The city has a number of holidays and festivals like the Theatre Festival in May, St Paul's Carnival during the first weekend in July and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August. In September there's the vibrant BrisFest, a community Music Festival.
The prices are about average in Bristol in comparison to the rest of the UK. Many things are cheaper in the city compared to London yet 10% higher than in places in the north of England such as Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle. Expect to pay around £5 for a meal and £3.50 for a pint of beer.
After arriving in Bristol
Bristol airport is approximately 8 miles south west of the city centre. The Flyer bus (A1) takes about 35 minutes and costs roughly £11 return, valid for one month. It's around £7 for a single ticket to Temple Meads Station or the bus station. If you want to travel by taxi from Bristol airport to the city centre, fares are between £25 and £40. When it comes to accommodation in the city, you can find budget rooms for around £15 per person, per night. A mid price hotel will set you back around £45 per room. The good news is most attractions are within the city centre and close enough to visit on foot. If you're interested in bike hire, it's about £12 per day or £50 per week. There is a good network of cycle paths in Bristol. Bus, first Bristol single ticket is around £1.60/first day tickets - zones 1 and 2, from about £4. Bristol also has several local train stations.