For a Quintessential English Break: Explore the Charms of Bristol
London may have the brighter, bigger headlining attractions but smaller towns like Bristol are not to be missed. Straddling the River Avon in the southwest of England, Bristol has evolved from a maritime town to a vibrant eco-friendly city characterised by trip-hop, the street art of Banksy (see his work on Gloucester Road), and a full-fledged craft beer scene. Named by AFAR magazine as one of their top travel picks for 2022, the summer months see Bristol at its best with festivals like UpFest (28 & 29 May 2022), Europe’s largest urban paint festival, and Bristol Sounds 2022 (22-27 June 2022) held at the Bristol Harbourside.
Visit: What Gaudi is to Barcelona, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is to Bristol. The engineer is famous for building Bristol’s most recognisable structure, the Clifton Suspension Bridge in 1864. Straddling a 250ft-deep gorge connecting the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, it’s a masterpiece of design and engineering.
Eat: The view from Goram & Vincent can’t be beaten. A modern smokehouse restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, the meat-first menu sees big hand-cut steaks and Barbary duck breast cooked using a smokehouse, smoker, bespoke clay over, and coal-fired grills.
Drink: Bristol is a beer lover's paradise and hosts a sell-out Bristol Craft Beer Festival (10-11 June 2022) every summer. With over 20 easy-to-reach breweries located in the city and countryside, make note of brewers like Left Handed Giant and Arbor Ales.
Explore: For a taste of modern-day Bristol, head to the waterfront to explore Cargo, Bristol's first-ever retail yard made of converted shipping containers, and browse the restaurants and independent stores housed in shipping containers. Do stop in at Woky Ko Cargo, John Kelly 1880+, and Box-E.