Backpackers City Guide
not easy but we've tried to be brief, by only including relevant info
and using host websites where possible. Most venues are within easy walking
distance of Bristol Backpackers however those marked * will require local
public transport. Please email if you spot an error.
Historical and Cultural
- Bath -
Bath Tourism - 15 minutes
by train (From £7.00 return) or stay at Bath Backpackers or The
White Hart Inn.
- Glastonbury Tourism
- Isle of Avalon and resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere - Day
trip or stay at Glastonbury Backpackers
- Wells -
- Day trip
Tourism - Chepstow Castle
- Day trip on the local bus or train.
- Wales - Wales
Tourism - Wales Flexi Pass (Starts
- the capital of Wales and venue for many rugby internationals. Stay
at Cardiff Backpackers.
by Raymond Blanc of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons - "Bristol has
been a sleeping giant just waiting to be woken and now it has arrived.
The vast variety of eating experiences is outstanding with everything
from Thai, to Mexican, Chinese and Classic French.
Amazing tastes and textures start with the best ingredients and Bristol
is fortunate to be situated in the heart of luxuriant countryside
with access to the best quality dairy products and yet close enough
to the harbours to provide fresh fish still tingling with salt".
Virtual Venue - Food and Drink
- Cheap Eats
Major Events Nearby
Online web sites
- Bristol Pirate Walks
- Bristol Heritage Trail - Avon Gorge and Leigh Woods - Ashton Court
Estate - Bristol and Bath Railway Path - Congresbury to Keynsham 2 rivers
countryside walk - Mendip Hills & Cheddar Gorge* - Chew Valley*-
- Bike hire from Cycle the City . Some
examples rides - 10 minute ride from the city centre and you're into
hilly countryside. Lots of mountain biking single track and technical
stuff or easy rides along canal tow paths, rivers or country lanes.
Cycle down the scenic Avon Gorge for a spectacular view of the Clifton
Suspension Bridge 245 feet above you. For the more adventurous there
are the Mendip Hills and Forest of Dean. For competition try the Cheddar
The Avon Cycleway
- Rock Climbing
- Avon Gorge is literally on the edge of the city - Bristol Climbing Centre,
Undercover Rock Ltd
Probably the best plywood crag in the world!
- Golf - A
number of 18 hole courses in the area as well as an indoor crazy golf
course called Jungle Rumble
in the city centre.
- Hot Air Ballooning*
- Bristol Balloons
- Bailey Balloons -
Experience a bird's-eye view of Bristol and the surrounding countryside.
- On the River Wye just into Wales.
- Only for the experienced, try surfing the Severn Bore. It can reach
two metres in height and travel at 16 kph. (For great surfing head for
Devon and Cornwall)
- On Bristol's own freshwater lake.
- Skate Boarding
- Unofficial areas in the city centre - Fifty
Fifty as well as a number of other shops in the area can cater for
your every need.
- Roller Blading
- Horse Riding*
- Ten Pin Bowling*
A choice of venues within Bristol.
- Snooker &
- Public Swimming
Outdoor Activities Club - A great club for those staying in Bristol
for longer periods.