Bristol had been on my UK bucket list for a while, so we decided on a January staycation. Bath is only a short train ride away so it made sense to plan a day trip and visit both cities. Plus, Bath is gorgeous so why wouldn’t we!
Everyone always has great things to say about Bristol. It’s a quirky city with a good music scene and of course, home to Banksy.
We stayed at the Bristol Brigstow Mercure, it was a great location and in walking distance of everything we wanted. Although, I think most of Bristol city centre is in walking distance?!
Being typical tourists, our first day consisted of walking the city trying to spot banksy pieces. We did find some, using a website, but some are very old and tired, have been painted over or are just tiny! I’m glad we did it, as we got to see a lot of the city and some great street art but I wish someone had managed my expectations just a tiny bit.
Bristol Food and Drink
Our two favourite food options in the city were:
- Dangun – small Korean restaurant with a ‘hipster’ vibe. Definitely recommend stopping by for dinner. Laid back atmosphere with seriously tasty food.
- St Nicks Market – you have to check out the market if you’re in Bristol. I went for a chicken pie from Pieminister with mash potato and gravy, drooling thinking about it!
Our two favourite bars were:
- Left Handed Giant Brewery – located near our hotel and right on the canal. Cool brewery with lots of beer, lager and cider options. They also have pizza available.
- Cosy Club – so I know this is a chain but the decor inside was really cool and it wasn’t too busy when we went. Nice spot for a cocktail or even brunch!
Of course no trip to Bristol would be complete without visiting the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It really is breathtaking, I had idea how large the gorge was so I was blown away. It’s also quite a sad spot at the top but beautiful at same time.
We decided to take a taxi to the bridge and then walk back to Bristol city centre, searching for some banksy art on the way back. This also meant we could wander through Clifton Village, which is gorgeous with some lovely little cosy pubs. If you have the time, make sure you explore the village as you won’t be disappointed.
Bath in a day
You can’t visit Bath and not visit the The Roman Baths. Entry isn’t the cheapest (we paid £16.50 each as it was a weekday) but they are worth visiting. So much history and it really would be a shame to skip them. For anyone wondering, you can’t swim in them (does anyone think that?) but you can drink some of the spring water at the end, if you really want.
Bath is very small, especially the centre, so it’s easy to just wander round and view the city. If you want a birds eye view then you can climb the tower at the Abbey, which was £8 at the time. Or if you fancy something a little different, why not head to Bath Aqua Glass and watch some live glass blowing!
We didn’t eat in Bath (just grabbed a sandwich) but we did stop at Graze for a quick drink before our train back to Bristol. It’s literally on top of the station so the perfect spot to relax and rest your feet before heading home.
I loved both cities, Bath was stunning and steeped in history, whereas Bristol had a cool buzz to it with plenty to keep you busy. If you’re visiting one, then try to visit the other too!
Hopefully you found some of my tips useful and if you visit Bristol or Bath, I hope you have a fantastic time! x