As the largest city in England’s West Country, Bristol has been a regional hub for centuries. This historic inland port city has seen maritime trade flow along the river Avon to its docks as far back as the Middle Ages, and Bristol has flourished accordingly. Although once-staple industries such as manufacturing and shipbuilding have declined, the city has adapted and remains one of England’s foremost metropolitan areas. Each year, visitors flock to Bristol to enjoy its buzzing music and restaurant scene. Much investment in urban regeneration has made it one of the most attractive cities in southern England.
Bristol is also well situated for those wishing to explore other cities and sites in the southwest part of the country. The historic city of Bath, another popular destination in the region and perfect for a sightseeing day trip, is only a short drive or train ride away.
Famous prehistoric monument Stonehenge is also easily accessible, as is the town of Glastonbury where the world’s largest green field open-air music and performing arts festival is held.
Bristol is one of the U.K.’s warmest and sunniest cities due to its southwesterly location. The city is sheltered from the surrounding hills and enjoys warm weather in July and August. December, January and February are typically the coldest months, and while snowfall is rare, it can occur from about mid-November through mid-April.
June through September are Bristol’s most popular months as the weather is typically warm and dry at this time. The end of July brings an influx of visitors for the Harbour Festival.
Fewer tourists visit during the rainy months of December, January and February when accommodations and fares are accordingly more plentiful and cheaper.
Central Bristol features many pedestrian streets and picturesque walking routes, and it’s compact enough that most attractions are within easy walking distance. There are also many bike paths and routes should you wish to rent a bike. An inexpensive public bus runs routes that are useful for visitors traveling through the downtown and West End as well as the shopping area of Broadmead.
Bristol International Airport (BRS) is located in Winford, North Somerset, 8 miles southwest of Bristol.