A Weekend in Bristol

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bristol1According to the Visit Bristol website, Bristol is “a Fairtrade City, the UK’s first Cycling City and a city truly dedicated to sustainable living – it’s not difficult to see why Bristol has earned its proud status as a Green Capital. All of these credentials, along with over 450 parks and green spaces, proportionately more than any other UK city, makes Bristol a real contender for the title of ‘Greenest City in Europe’.”

Just a short stroll from the city center you’ll find yourself surrounded by incredible old buildings and relics. Here, in the heart of the Old City, you’ll find one of Bristol’s best kept secrets; St Nicholas Market. The market is home to the largest collection of independent retailers in the city. Al Madina is a great Moroccan & Mediterranean Cafe in St Nicholas Market with some good veggie options. Also, as judged by the national vegetarian society, Cafe Maitreya is considered a top vegetarian restaurant in the UK.

bristolThe Visit Bristol website has 5 different free MP3 audio tours that allow you to explore the city at your own pace. Scroll through the list of tours and simply click on the title that interests you, download, save to your computer and sync with your iPod. Then simply “follow the tour as it guides you through different parts of Bristol for a truly unique way of exploring the incredible city.” We’d chose the Bristol Quayside Adventure which explores “Bristol’s famous people, places and buildings which are said to have inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to pen his classic tale Treasure Island.”

On the quayside of the Floating Harbor, The Bristol Hotel is surrounded by the best of Bristol’s old city and maritime history. The Bristol Hotel is very close to some of the city’s historic gems, cultural highlights and right next to The Arnolfini, Bristol’s celebrated arts center.

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