Bristol Guide – The Best Places to See in Bristol

Home to Banksy originals, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Guide is one of England’s coolest cities. While it’s edgy in places (the underpass known as the Bearpit has its own grim nickname) and proudly independent-minded, Bristolians are friendly; you’ll hear the locals greet each other with a sing-song “Alright me lover!” or thank a bus driver with a peppy “cheers drive!”

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Central Bristol is happily compact enough to explore on foot, or if you’re taking the lead from environmental-minded locals, by bike. Discover the city’s past and present at M Shed, a museum housed in an old dockside transit shed, and at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

The port town’s watery heart remains centered around the floating harbour, where rowers out scull and ships-turned-bars showcase the city’s 2,000 year history as a trading metropolis. Learn about the city’s past at M Shed, a museum in an old dockside transit shed that follows the history of the people and culture of Bristol with over 3,000 exhibits; or visit SS Great Britain to see Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s mighty steamship and climb up its massive mainmast for views of the floating harbour.

As the hometown of street artist Banksy, Bristol has an abundance of artwork – especially in neighborhoods like Stokes Croft where the annual Street Art and History Tour takes place and where you can take a self-guided Banksy walking tour. Or head to Nelson Street for the best murals in a fascinating neighborhood that is constantly acquiring new masterpieces.