Bristol, oh, Bristol! My favourite place in the UK, which I was lucky enough to call home for four years and hope to call home again one day. I love the city and still spend a lot of time here whenever I can, usually at least once or twice a month.
I know the city really well and believe my weekend in Bristol itinerary is the perfect way for you to spend a weekend exploring the best sites and eateries. So, without further ado, get stuck in and inspired!
Do A Spot Of Shopping
Bristol is home to two great shopping centres; Cabot Circus and Cribbs Causeway. My suggestion would be Cabot Circus, only because it’s in the centre and has Primark! And Bristol’s Primark has been voted one of the best Primark’s in the UK by many, including Zoella!
Have Something Sweet at Mrs Potts Chocolate House
Known for their incredible baked goods, Mrs Potts, based at the bottom of Park Street, is an absolute must when in Bristol. Whether you fancy a cookie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce, double chocolate cookie sandwiches or a triple-layered cake, they’re the place to be!
It does get busy, so you may have to wait for a table. Alternatively, they also do takeout too!
See Clifton Suspension Bridge
You can’t visit Bristol without heading to the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge! It’s a little walk from the centre (approximately 45 minutes) all uphill, you can get a bus or drive, but it’s worth it for the views.
My recommendation would be to watch the sunset here, and there are many places you can get a good view. I could easily spend hours watching the world go up with these amazing views!
Drink At The Avon Gorge Hotel
Another great place to get a good view of the Suspension Bridge is the Avon Gorge Hotel. It’s packed during the summer months as there’s a massive terrace where people flock to enjoy the incredible views. I’d recommend heading there for a drink but beware you may not be able to get a seat, especially if the weather is sunny!
Italian at Molto Buono
This family-run Italian situated on Park Street is maybe one of my favourite places to eat in Bristol! With a vast range of pizza’s and pasta’s (they also do a chocolate pizza too!) Molto Buono is a super cosy place and such a good price for what they offer. It does get busy on the weekends, so I’d recommend either going early or booking a table in advance.
Ice Cream At Swoon
I love a dessert and the best place for one is at Swoon, a Gelato place on Park Street. It’s open until late, and you can get a takeaway or sit in! They do so many flavours, including a Biscoff one!
Drinks At The Florist
There are many great places to grab a cocktail or two in Bristol; you can read my guide to the best places for cocktails in Bristol to find the best for you.
The Florist on Park Street is one of my favourite places for cocktails, whether you decide to have a mid-afternoon cocktail or wait until the evening for a few. There’s a floral wall, perfect for a quick snap!
Head For Brunch
I love a bottomless brunch; Bristol has many amazing ones. I have written a guide to them which you can see here. However, if you’re only visiting over a weekend, it’s likely you’ll be heading back on the second day, so a bottomless brunch won’t be on the cards.
Browse St Nicholas Market
St Nicholas Market is well known in Bristol, with quirky stalls and street food being at the forefront of this indoor market. Open from 9.30 AM to 5 PM Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday’s, it’s a must.
Spend your Sunday morning browsing the stalls and pick up a coffee and a light bite to eat.
Have A Roast At The Cowshed
A Sunday in the UK without a roast is not a proper Sunday! We love roasts in the UK and Bristol has a plethora of amazing places to grab one. One of my favourites is The Cowshed which is located on Whiteladies Road (close to Clifton).
They bring out a sharing platter with a Yorkshire pudding for all, whether you’re having beef or not (winner!) and a load of veg. It’s £16.95 for one course, £21.50 for two and £27.50 for three, and the roast is incredible!
Pick Up A Sourdough Doughnut
Pinkman’s Bakery at the top of Park Street make these incredible Sourdough Doughnuts; I’d highly recommend stopping in to grab one or two to enjoy on your journey home!
Post-Roast Walk Along The Harbourside
Walk off the roast and maybe too many cocktails from the night before alongside the Harbourside. This is probably my favourite part in Bristol, the Harbourside is filled with shops, restaurants, bars, and so on, and you can sit alongside and take the beauty of the city in. You can also walk further out and see the colourful houses along Hotwells.
There we have it, my weekend in Bristol itinerary. Honestly, you’ll fall in love with the city as much as I have. There is so much to do, that even in a weekend you don’t even cover a quarter of it!
There are so many great places to eat and drink, with so many activities and sites to see.
Have you been to Bristol? What do you think of the city? Do you have any recommendations on things others should do? I’d love to know!