Have you booked a weekend in Bristol and not sure what to do? Or have an upcoming work trip and want to explore while you are there? Here’s my hot list of things to do to relax and recharge in Bristol.
1.Book the best breakfast in Bristol at The Green House B&B
I woke up on a Sunday morning feeling stifled and like i needed to go somewhere to clear my head. A quick google search of B&Bs in Bristol and i found The Green House B&B. I quickly secured their last room for the weekend and headed out west. Bristol had been on my UK travel bucket list for ages, it’s steeped with history both good and bad as well as a host of beautiful buildings and engineering feats. I had a meeting not too far from there the following day so i seized the opportunity to explore.
The Green House is in a great location, walking distance from The Tobacco Factory for arts & culture in one direction and Bristol city centre in the other. I travelled alone and felt perfectly safe walking around the area during the day and after dinner.
- Grab lunch at The Tobacco Factory Sunday Market
Bath welcomed me on a Sunday lunchtime and I headed to The Tobacco Factory Sunday market for some salt fish fritters and a super fiery ginger beer from a Jamaican food stall. There were all manner of things to buy from vintage homeware and records to crafts, cards and food. This fuelled me up for a long walk through the city down to the Harbourside that has views over the city centre water and the iconic pastel hues of the Bristol townhouses.
- Enjoy the free gallery of street art that’s all over Bristol
There is street art seemingly on every street corner in Bristol and some of the pieces in the area around Tobacco factory are captivating. Make sure you allows lots of time for your walk over! A large body of Banksy’s early work is in Bristol, catch a tour if you’re keen on seeing more
- Make like Rose and Jack on a snoop around the SS. Great Britain
Bristol Harbourside is also home to the old world grandeur of the SS. Great Britain. The boat, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel was revolutionary in it’s design and was the largest of its kind when it made its maiden passenger voyage to Melbourne in 1847. It was part of a fleet that changed the way that people travelled and migrated around the world. It’s first destination of Melbourne provided one of life’s funny coincidences as Melbourne is where i ended up settling in Australia and i explored a replica of a similar boat at the immigration museum in Melbourne on the day that i first arrived there.
- Take a stroll along the Harbourside
It was a stunning autumn day in Bristol so i took my time walking around the Harbourside. There’s a lot of activity on the water, from pleasure cruisers to rowers. There are old and new boat sheds to meander past and poke your nose in. Keep going when you think you have go to the end! It loops all the way round and back towards the city and more places to eat and drink on the other side. You can also catch a glimpse of the pretty pastel Bristol houses set into the hills overlooking the city.
- People watch at The Grain Barge
I stopped for a pint of sunrise in The Grain Barge pub. A quaint pub/music venue that’s moored on the river just across the way from the SS. Great Britain. I could have happily stayed there all day, i was so relaxed. The high stools that look over the water provide a fantastic vantage point for great people watching. Both those that were wandering the quayside as well as the soothing cruisers on the water.
- LIsten to some live music
For a long time Bristol has had a thriving music scene, there’s a huge variety of options every night of the week. Pick up one of the many local music magazines around town to help you decide where to go. I headed back to The Tobacco factory for the evening as they had live jazz that night. I ordered some food & another pint and parked myself in the corner of the bar to soak it all in. I was still getting used to dining alone without the excuse of travelling for work. I enjoyed it but kicked myself at the same time for not pushing myself to do these things more often before. I was always tired and retreated into the plushness of whatever big chain hotel i was staying in. The furthest i ever really ventured was the hotel bars or restaurants unless i was travelling with other people.
- Watch the best sunrise in Bristol over the Clifton suspension bridge
There’s something about sunrise, the endless optimism of a new day and new opportunities. They are so worth getting up for, especially when traveling. So my Monday morning saw a 4.30 wake up call and a short drive up to the observatory near the Clifton suspension bridge. I caught the stunning vista as the soft orange rays spread over the expanse of the city below. I was back in time for a made to order breakfast from the friendly owner of The Green House B&B. She was fascinated by the fact that i had made a spur of the moment trip on my own.
The trip broke up my last drive through to the Reading countryside for my last meeting in my old job. I turned something that was stressing me out into a real treat and ticked off something that i have wanted to do for a long time. It was just the start of living life on my own terms, getting my legs for solo travel again. I finally started to enjoy lots of things that i had been meaning to do for a long time. I felt so liberated, happy and smiley all week after that. I was a bit scared of doing it to start with, but so glad that i worked through the niggly fears to just get on and trust my instinct. I hope it’s a sign of things to come.
Post the best breakfast in Bristol I was sated and ready for my drive home through the countryside 🙂 Thank you Bristol for some wonderful restorative time and thank you for reading!
Have you been recently? What are you favourite things to do to unwind in Bristol? Let me know below or on the Facebook page
Baci a tutti!
Cake Lady x x
N.B. This post has been dug out of the A Feeder Travels archive and was originally written post a visit in September 2014)