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Lorenzo: my personal experience
A couple of weeks ago I went to Bristol to spend Halloween with some friends that live in this amazing city. Following my personal experience, I will try to give you the best tips to visit the European green capital of this year.
How to get there
Bus: The cheapest way to get Bristol probably is with a bus (National express in my case) from Victoria coach station to Bristol Coach Station. It took 2 hours and 20 minutes and the journey was really nice and comfortable. There are buses every half an hour between the two cities and it’s cheap and not too long.
Train: You can also get a train that will take less than 2 hours from London to Bristol (Temple meads). It’s probably slightly more expensive, but not too much if booked in advance. Different lines for both bus and trains go to Bristol.
Car: It may take almost 2 hours with no traffic, maybe a bit less. In Bristol -in my opinion- is not really necessary to have a car. At least if you are not going out of town. The city is quite small and very well organised offering you a range of transports options like bus and bike sharing. Sometimes you don’t even need to take the bus, because if you are in centre you can reach the most important places by walk.
Bristol was nominated the European green capital of this year and is really nice and safe to walk or ride through it. There are also lots of walk path, close to the river and alongside the Broadmeade, the main Shopping mall of Bristol.
And if you are not coming from London –or anywhere near it- I would recommend you to fly there, as Bristol has its own
Where to eat
Once we arrived there it was almost lunch time and we were really hungry and our B&B check-in was only at 2pm in the afternoon, so we decided to look for a place where to eat something. Near the Coach station there are not many places where to eat, but within 5 min walking you probably can find something nice as the station is in the centre of Bristol. There are famous chains, nice restaurants and most of all cheap coffee shops like the one we went. They always have specialties all the year around. In my case, Halloween was the main topic everywhere so we went for the Pumpkin soup which was delicious!
And of course you can find the typical English breakfast.
Where to sleep
After a very nice meal we went to check in our B&B room in Fishpond, a residential area in Bristol. It took 10 minutes by bus to get there. As I said the transports in Bristol are really easy and well organised and you can find different lines owned by different companies. I would recommend the line First which is the one we chose, and get a daily ticket which is only £4 -I know if you live in London like me it looks so cheap! 🙂
You can also find other B&B, famous Hostel and Hotel (Holiday inn, Premier inn) chains in the centre if you prefer enjoy the city in its heart.
Things to see
After a short nap, we decided to come back to the centre visiting the most important things to see in Bristol. We saw the Derby Cathedral, Brunel’s Great Britain, Wills Memorial Building, the Castle, the main park and the amazing streets with lots of Graffiti. There is a huge Graffiti scene in Bristol, lots of talents not only the famous Banksy 😉
The weather was lovely, really sunny and warm. Bristol is very bike friendly; there are bike lanes in every street, and no car traffic as in London. So if you like it I would recommend to visit the centre by bike. You can find lots of private and public places where to rent one and it’s not really expensive.