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Bristol Backpackers City Guide

It's 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.

Entertainment and Nightlife

Art, Historical and Cultural

Surrounding Area

  • Bath - Bath Tourism - 15 minutes by train (From £7.00 return) or stay at Bath Backpackers or The White Hart Inn.
  • Glastonbury - Glastonbury Tourism - Isle of Avalon and resting place of King Arthur and Guinevere - Day trip or stay at Glastonbury Backpackers
  • Wells - Day trip
  • Cheddar - Day trip
  • Chepstow - Chepstow Tourism - Chepstow Castle - Day trip on the local bus or train.
  • Wales - Wales Tourism - Wales Flexi Pass (Starts from Bristol)
  • Cardiff - the capital of Wales and venue for many rugby internationals. Stay at Cardiff Backpackers.

Restaurants and Cafes

  • Quote 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

Learning Zone

General info

Some of Bristol's Major Events

Other Major Events Nearby

Events Online web sites


  • Walking - 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*- Bienvenue Wessex*
  • Cycling - 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 Challenge.
    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.
  • Canoeing* - On the River Wye just into Wales.
  • Surfing* - 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)
  • Windsurfing* - 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 & Pool Halls
  • Public Swimming Pools
  • Avon Outdoor Activities Club - A great club for those staying in Bristol for longer periods.


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