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5 Places to Visit in Bristol this Summer

With the beautiful weather we have been having over the past few weeks and the summer holidays fast approaching it’s the perfect time to give you some ideas of what to get up to this summer. Whether you are attending Armada House for a conference or event simply just have some time off over the next few months you’ll be spoilt for choice in our wonderful city. Here's 5 of our favourite places to visit in Bristol:

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

The 105ft tower which was built in 1897 in commemoration of the famous voyage of John Cabot from Bristol to North America is set in top of Brandon Hill. The beautiful park is the perfect place for a run around and picnic, so get though sandwiches at the ready. Make sure you’re all wearing comfortable footwear to make sure you can climb the stairs of Cabot Tower. It will be worth it though with views of the whole of Bristol and beyond.

Tower Opening Times:

Monday to Thursday: 8:15am to 4:30pm

Friday: 8:15am to 4:30pm

Saturday to Sunday: 8:15am to 4:30pm

Bristol Harbourside

A perfect way to enjoy the summer sun is by visiting Bristol Harbour. You can do a circular walk beginning from Prince Street Bridge down to Cumberland Basin and back round. You can make numerous pitstops along the way as the walk takes you past the M shed, SS great Britain, Wapping Wharf and a number of other Bristol landmarks. Fear not there are plenty of places to dine and drink along the way to keep you nourished and hydrated.

M Shed – FREE Entry Open 10am-5pm Everyday through the holidays (Usually closed Mondays)

SS Great Britain Ticket Information 

St Nicholas Market

Just a short walk from Armada House you will find the oldest market in Bristol which was established in 1743. This is a great spot to take in the Georgian architecture of the Old Town, whilst surrounding yourself with stalls of goods and food from around the world. In addition to the 60 plus permanent stalls you will find the farmers market, street food market and the nails market on Corn Street and & Wine Street. Making it into the top 10 best markets in the UK many times it’s definitely a must-see in Bristol.



St Nicholas Indoor Market - Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 5pm

Bristol Farmers' and Producers' Market - Wednesday: 8.00am to 2.30pm (Corn &Wine St)

Street Food Market - Tuesday and Friday: 11am to 2.30pm (Wine St)

The Nails Market - Friday and Saturday: 10am to 5pm (Corn St)

*Please note closed Public Bank Holidays*

We The Curious

Located just off the harbourside on Millennium Square you will find what used to be called At-Bristol Science Centre. If you are looking for a fun day out for all the family when it’s a little overcast or rainy then this is the place for you. With hands on attractions around every corner it will be a day of creativity and questions for all. With over 300 exhibits you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of time to see everything. Make sure you go visit Morph and his Aardman friends in the exclusive exhibition where you get the chance to be an animator for the day.

We The Curious Ticket information

Clifton Suspension Bridge

You can’t really visit Bristol without making a trip to see the famous Clifton Suspension bridge, with many people travelling across the world to see the iconic Bristol landmark it should definitely be on your list of things to do. Spanning the Avon Gorge and linking Clifton, Bristol to Leigh Woods, North Somerset the bridge is a work of art. Why not take a stroll across for views of the River Avon, Avon Gorge and the city beyond. Initially designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel the exquisite piece of engineering has sculpted the Bristol landscape since it’s opening in 1864. Unfortunately the world renowned engineer sadly passed away in 1959 so didn’t get to see the finished masterpiece. However bridge was completed and opened in his memory and a the plaque can still be seen to this day.  

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