We’re kicking off our guide to the South West of England with a whistle stop tour of Bristol and Bath, two top places to take a British break.
Bristol is a cosmopolitan South-West gem bursting with life. Set on a maritime port, there’s so much to see you’ll barely fit it all in one visit, so make the most of your time here.
There are plenty of hotels, b&bs and guest accommodation in the centre of town, where you can be right by the action, or you could go a little further out into the outlying towns and villages and experience some country with your city break. Greenfields Bed and Breakfast in Keynsham offers you just that.
There are places to stay to suit all budgets, you have to decide what type of break best suits you.
There’s so much to see! Bristol is home to the famous street artist Banksy, his works are unmissable and free of charge. A guided experience is the perfect way to get started if you’re new to Bristol, so book a seat on the open bus tour. And of course, you can’t come to Bristol and miss seeing the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge.
While you’re in Bristol, there’s loads more than sight-seeing to keep you occupied. Visit the museums, wildlife centres and aquariums, great for the whole family and many groups of friends. A trip to the SS Great Britain is something really special. If you want an extra treat, see what’s on and catch a Broadway show at the Bristol Hippodrome.
If it’s great shopping you’re looking for in Bristol, you won’t be disappointed. Bristol’s city centre is full of your favourite high street names and independent boutiques.
Great dining is a passion in Bristol, where there is a brilliant harbour side café culture. As well as your favourite chain restaurants, you will find independent cafés and restaurants, none more unique than the exquisite Glass Boat Restaurant on the harbour. Time your visit right and you can even experience the fantastic food festivals, where you can try exotic dishes right from market stalls.
Bristol is fabulous place for a British break, whether you stay a week or a weekend there’s so much you can pack into your visit.
Bath is one of the most famous places in the UK. It was built by the Romans and is visited by a plethora of tourists every year, both from home and abroad. When you take a break in Bath, you’ll see there’s more than just history to this beautiful city.
What would a break in Bath be without a spa? There are plenty of luxury spa hotels for you to relax and feel at home. But if you want something a little different, why not try a B&B? Elegant Oldfields House stands just a ten minute walk from the city centre, just one great base to explore Bath on foot.
The Roman Baths go without saying. The baths of Bath are one of the largest tourist attractions in the South West of England. Other historic sites in the city include the magnificent Royal Crescent, where you can visit Number 1 Royal Crescent, the house museum. This holds particular fun for any Austen fans, as it was featured as a backdrop in the 2007 version of ‘Persuasion’.
Bath has a vibrant night life, it’s not just a city for the day. Music lovers will be spoilt for choice of live venues, and for those who love a laugh, why not take a comedy tour of Bath at night? You can experience a different side to Bath in the bars and clubs where you can let your hair down.
If you do want a quieter evening, there’s always the twilight package at the Thermae Bath Spa where you can watch the sun set from the rooftop.
If you would expect nothing less than exquisite food in Bath then you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for scrumptious afternoon tea or a trendy gastro-pub, Bath is the place to be. It is also home to Rajpoot, one of England’s leading Indian restaurants with world class cuisine. Explore and ask the locals, no one knows a city’s secret gems better than its residents.
Bath is a world class place for a break in Britain, whether you’re looking for rest and relaxation or the chance to let loose and explore, it is the place for you.
Bristol and Bath are jewels in the crown of the South-West of England, visit them both together or do one at a time. Once you’ve visited, you’ll be sure to be booking your next trip. To start planning your trip now visit www.britainsbestbreaks.tv and go to our Bristol and Bath pages.
This was just part one of our South-West whirlwind, next time we’ll be talking you through Somerset.