The summer has officially landed here in Bristol, and while we know that there’s always something going on in the city for you to do, we’ve decided to put a list together of some of the best things we think you would enjoy.

  • 1. Enjoy a Relaxing walk around the harbourside 

view of Bristol harbour

There’s nothing better to do on a hot summer’s day than to take a nice stroll around the Bristol Harbourside. Take in some of the amazing views of Bristol’s iconic coloured houses in the distance, old steam cranes, and the harbour railway line. It’s also worth taking a visit to Mshed, one of Bristol’s best museums, filled with an abundance of Bristol-based artifacts, they even have a Banksy piece! 

With live music, museums, pubs, and multiple food stalls, the harbourside makes for one of the best attractions Bristol has to offer, not to mention the sunsets!

2. Visit the famous suspension bridge

sunset behind clifton suspension bridge

Situated at the top of Clifton village stands one of Brunel’s best pieces of work, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Built in 1864 the huge structure overlooks the entire city and, if you can be bothered with the walk up to the top of Clifton, then you’re deffo in for a treat. The bridge holds some of the best views of the city and it separates the town and Leigh Woods. On Bristol’s side of the bridge, you can also find the Clifton observatory that has an underground passage leading to Ghyston’s Cage, a viewpoint that looks over the bridge and the Avon gorge.

3. Do a Banksy tour

old woman spitting teeth out by banksy

Ok, we know that everyone knows that Banksy is from Bristol! But seriously, if you haven’t spent the day touring the city looking for his art, then you’re really missing out. It’s awesome.

You can find some of his artwork dotted all over Bristol, there are loads of maps online to help you find all the locations. It’s a day of culture, Bristol style. With lots of stops to taste some of the city’s bars, cafés, and eateries.

4. Have a cocktail at one of the city’s best rooftop bars.

rooftop terrace overlooking bristol city centre

Situated right in the heart of the city you can find Bambalan. Offering one of the city’s greatest places to relax and enjoy food and cocktails, with unrivalled views across the city, it has the finest roof terrace in town. Quite often you can find an array of DJs playing, making this place one of Bristol’s best music destinations too. Obviously, we’re biased as Bamabalan is one of our clients but it’s definitely the coolest place to grab a drink in the sun!

5. Take a ferry trip around bristol

ferry on the Bristol harbour

The Bristol ferry is a not-for-profit organisation and it offers one of the greatest ways to get around Bristol. They offer a wide range of packages including boat parties and tours that offer so many different exciting ways to experience the city by water. They also have day trips to Beeses, one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets, a bar nestled in the countryside offering live music and great food, and the best way to get there is by boat!

6. Explore the Independent shops and bars of Gloucester road

shops on gloucester road

Gloucester Road is located in the north of Bristol and runs through St.Andrews, Bishopston, and Horfield. It’s home to some of the city’s best independent bars, restaurants, and shops. 

Situated just off Gloucester Road, on Overton Road, is another of one our fantastic clients, Food Shop. They support independent food makers from Bristol and surrounding areas, stocking a variety of products such as deli goods, coffees, and sauces including SAUCD a diverse selection of homemade insanely delicious sauces made by our very own Dave the account manager.

Once you’ve finished browsing all the amazing shops this road has to offer, naturally, the most Bristolian thing to do would be to stop off at the Galli for a pint!

7. Stopping off for a bite to eat at St.Nicks market

inside st nicks market

St.Nicholas Market was established in 1743, and has been trading ever since! 

Situated in the heart of the old city, explore a maze of quirky stores, street food stalls, and interesting architecture. With over 60 amazing stalls this market is a must-see for any Bristolian that really loves their grub. St.Nicks was also voted one of the 10 best markets in the UK and it’s definitely not hard to see why. There’s also the glass arcade which is home to several permanent food stores that offer a wide range of multicultural cuisines that are out of this world! 

8. People watching on Stokes Croft

art mural and road in stokes croft

Stokes croft is without a doubt the cultural hub of Bristol, just a stone’s throw away from the city centre, you can expect to find astounding street art on pretty much every wall! The Full Moon is painted to look like the night sky, and the stokes crofts mural has some really thought-provoking pieces. With people from all walks of life, it’s one the most perfect spots to people watch. Amongst the hustle and bustle lies a new restaurant called Nadu, bringing you a slice of Sri Lankan history to the heart of Bristol. Offering a varied selection of cocktails and small plates this one is definitely not worth missing out on! We love bloody love it here. It makes for the perfect starting point before carrying on your night on town!

9. Have a picnic on the downs

road into Clifton downs

A huge open green space stretching between Whiteladies road and the suspension bridge, the downs is a great place to go and spend the afternoon basking in the sun. Most weekends you can see Bristolians heading up to the downs to play sports, enjoy a bbq, or just to have a good old knees up! Making this ideal place to spend the afternoon before heading down Whiteladies for a drink or something to eat.

10. See the deer at Ashton court

red deer in ashton court

This one is for the animal lovers! Did you know that Bristol has its own deer? It’s home to over 100 deer, so chances are, you will probably spot one! However, it’s not just deer that you can find at Ashton Court, it’s also home to the mighty balloon fiesta. Every year hundreds of people gather to watch Europe’s largest hot air balloon gathering with over 130 hot air balloons from across the world. It’s a sight that belongs to Bristol.