Bristol – A city that, according to many,  doesn’t just buzz, it thumps! If you are considering a trip to Bristol, here are some ideas for things to do and places to visit in 72 hours.


The Wave

The Wave is an inland surf destination where everyone can surf on consistent, safe waves all year round – just a 10 minute drive away! They are the first inland surfing venue in the northern hemisphere to use Wavegarden Cove technology providing over 1,000 waves an hour.

With a 180m-long surfing lake, The Wave delivers an unrivalled inland surf experience suitable for everyone from beginner to seasoned professional. They’ve designed every aspect to ensure it is fun for all, whatever your ability. At The Wave no-one is judged – except on competition days!

4 miles from Berwick

Aerospace Bristol

Opened in 2017 and a 10 minute drive from Berwick is Aerospace Bristol – home of Concorde. The museum is dedicated to the history and future of the aerospace industry and engineering, that Bristol has been the home of for many years. Image courtesy of Visit Bristol. 4 miles from Berwick.

Banksy Walking Tour

Banksy is now a world-famous artist, whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But once, he was just another kid on the streets of Bristol with a can of spray paint. As a result, some of his work is hidden around the city, and spotting it is an absolute must. 8 miles from Berwick.

Brunel’s Suspension Bridge

Our famous Clifton suspension bridge, created by Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself, offers jaw-dropping views across Bristol. A walk along the bridge is a must, to truly take in the enormity of it. Image courtesy of Visit Bristol. 6 miles from Berwick.

Observatory Tower 

Just a 3 minute walk from the suspension bridge is the Observatory Tower. Established in 1766, this iconic landmark of Bristol offers a unique viewing platform overlooking the Clifton Suspension bridge and the City of Bristol. Over the last few years they have opened the Museum, Camera Obscura and the Giants Cave. 6 miles from Berwick.

Clifton Village

On the other side of the suspension bridge is the beautiful and historic Clifton Village. Full of independent shops, Georgian architecture and quirky eateries and coffee shops run by the friendly folk of Bristol. 6 miles from Berwick.

The Lido

We are very fortunate to have Bristol Lido close by in Clifton, 18 minutes away. The lido originally dates back to 1850, having been renovated in the last decade, into a beautiful haven for relaxation and treatments. Image courtesy of the Bristol Magazine. 6 miles from Berwick.

SS Great Britain

Discover the ship that changed the world!

The brainchild of our most famous honorary Bristolian, Isambard Kingdom Brunel; this iconic steam ship is the heart of a multi-award winning visitor attraction.

Step ‘underwater’ for a unique and magnificent view of the ship below the beautiful glass sea; investigate the Riggers’ Yard and the Great Western Dockyard, test your skills with interactive displays and choose from a selection of fascinating audio companions.

8 miles from Berwick.

Central Bristol

Queen Square is a popular retreat for visitors to the city who are looking to relax. The square also regularly hosts outdoor theatre, concerts and other major events. A popular location for television filming too!

St Nicholas Market, established in 1743, is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in the city. With over 60 stalls this market is a must see for any visitor to the city.

The Old Duke is a music venue situated on the cobbled King Street in the heart of Bristol. Named after Duke Ellington, the pub has become world famous for it’s live traditional, New Orleans inspired Jazz music.

Bristol Old Vic is the oldest continuously working theatre in the English speaking world, a heritage destination, also serving daily specials, craft ales and brunches at their 1766 Bar And Kitchen. All 6 miles from Berwick.

Park Street Area

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery offers collections of art, nature and history on display in this beautiful building on Park Street. Find out about the last billion years of Earth’s history, explore the region’s natural wonders and discover more about peoples’ lives, past and present. Free entry.

Visitors can make the rewarding trip to climb the spiral staircase inside Cabot Tower in order to enjoy the panoramic views of the city of Bristol and its Harbourside.

The Everyman Cinema on Whiteladies Road shows the latest films in the comfort of sumptuous sofas and offers table service drinks (including alcohol) and gorgeous food. A cinema experience that is a little more special than others! All 5 miles from Berwick.


In 1809 Bristol was transformed by the opening of the Floating Harbour. 80 acres of tidal river was impounded to allow visiting ships to remain afloat all the time. The port closed in 1975 and since then, it has been regenerated for leisure, commerce and residence.

You can take a trip on the Bristol Harbour Railway (on certain dates) and visit Bristols free museum MShed, to encounter moving personal stories and rare, quirky objects from Bristol.

Cargo at Wapping Wharf offers a host of independent shops and eateries, all set in shipping containers. Well worth a visit for brunch! All 8 miles away from Berwick.

In the summer months, Bristol is even more buzzing than ever with events like the international balloon fiesta, the harbour festival, art trails, food festivals, live music weekends – the list goes on…

You can find a full list of whats on from our friends over at Visit Bristol

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