Where to Stay in Bristol – What You Need to Know

Bristol is a port city located to the southwest of England, in the United Kingdom, less than two hours away from London by train. Its main attractions are the Clifton suspension bridge (which connects the two parts of the city) and the Bristol Cathedral.

Where to stay Bristol, England - Best areas and hotels

Where to stay Bristol, England – Best areas and hotels

Bristol is known for its large student population, with superior education centres such as the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, to name just a few. Furthermore, Bristol is called “the greenest capital in England” because of its sustainable initiatives.

The weather in Bristol is among the “warmest” in England, with average temperatures of 22º Celsius in the summer, due to its convenient location next to the Avon River. It is also the birthplace of the controversial Banksy and, therefore, home to many street artists who turn Bristol’s walls into a colorful sight.

Bristol can easily be explored walking, unlike larger cities, considering how friendly its roads to pedestrians and bike riders. It is such a safe and accessible place that choosing where to stay in Bristol depends 100% on personal interests and budget.

If you’re looking to explore Bristol’s nightlife, Bristol Old City, five minutes from the port and in the city centre, is for you ( See accommodation in Old City).
If you’re interested in knowing Bristol’s history in depth, Clifton allows you to be close to the bridge, the cathedral and other places of cultural nature ( See accommodation in Clifton).

This is a list with the best places to stay in Bristol, England.

Best areas to stay in Bristol, England

Best area: Old City

Old City is right in the centre of Bristol, and it could not be easier to reach this neighbourhood by bike, bus, car or walking from any corner of the city, as it is quite pedestrian friendly.

Known as the medieval heart of Bristol, it’s possible to see some of the oldest and most important buildings in the city, such as Bristol Cathedral, St. Nicholas Market and Queen Square in this district.

The medieval roots of Old City can be seen in the particular design of its streets and hidden passages.

However, Old City is a great place for those looking for leisure and fun, due to a large number of restaurants, shops and pubs gathered on its sidewalks.

Old City is the best place to sleep in Bristol if you want to enjoy the nightlife and, at the same time, delve into the incredible history of this city.

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Bristol - Old City

Best neighbourhoods to stay in Bristol – Old City

Bristol - Old City - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Bristol – Old City – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Nightlife
  • Historical buildings
  • Centre of the city
  • Great restaurants and shops
  • Pedestrian friendly
  • Entertainment

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Bristol Marriott Royal enjoys a fabulous location next to Bristol Cathedral and its historic coastal area. It has a leisure club, spa and several restaurants. It also has free unlimited WiFi in common areas. – from £63.

  • Budget Option

    YHA Bristol is located next to the famous Arnolfini Gallery and overlooks the lively harbor of Bristol. YHA Bristol is housed in a historic building and offers a restaurant and a games room. – from £29 .

  • Midrange Option

    Ibis Bristol Centre is located in the lively area of ​Bristol Harbor and overlooks the Millennium Square. It is a modern hotel with a 24-hour reception and features an elegant bar and a café-restaurant. – from £46 .

 

 

 

Clifton

Clifton is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in Bristol.

This district is renowned for its avant-garde boutiques and for being home to iconic places in the city, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Bristol Zoo.

Located northeast from Bristol Old City, on the banks of the River Avon to be specific, Clifton is one of Bristol’s youngest areas par excellence, being the home to one of its most important universities: The University of Bristol.

Clifton also houses the International Balloon Fair of Bristol, which takes place in Ashton Court every August, so nearby hotels are usually packed during that month and it is necessary to book in advance.

However, Clifton offers hotels of different ranges for all types of visitors during the course of the year, with costs ranging from £32.

Best districts to stay in Bristol - Clifton

Best districts to stay in Bristol – Clifton

Bristol - Clifton - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Bristol – Clifton – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Events
  • Cultural attractions
  • Close to the centre of the city
  • Great restaurants
  • Accessible
  • Shops and entertainment

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Avon Gorge is located above the throat of the River Avon and offers views of the famous suspension bridge. It also has a large terrace with excellent views. – from £86.

  • Budget Option

    The Washington is a Grade 2 listed building that is less than a mile from Bristol city center and a 3-minute walk from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Bristol Museum and the Art Gallery. – from £32.

  • Midrange Option

    Victoria Square Hotel Clifton Village is in a landscaped Georgian square, in the fashionable area of ​​Clifton Village. It is 1.6 km from the center of Bristol and offers free Wi-Fi in all areas. – from £53.

 

 

 

Temple

Temple is a visitor’s favourite when it comes to staying in Bristol, because of its great transportation system.

This area includes the oldest and largest train station in the city, Temple Meads, which connects with the rest of Bristol.

Through Temple Meads, you can get on a train to cities like London and Manchester, making it an ideal place to stay if you want to visit more destinations in England besides Bristol.

Among the most visited places in Temple are the ruins of the Temple Church, which was built in the 12th century and bombed during the Second World War.

The church also has recreational gardens for those looking to spend some time outdoors.

Dónde dormir en Bristol - Temple Meads Station

Where to stay in Bristol – Temple Meads Station

Bristol - Temple - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Bristol – Temple – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Historical buildings
  • Good location
  • Temple Meads
  • Temple Church
  • Accessible
  • Shops and entertainment

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre is located in the heart of the city of Bristol, a 2-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station. It offers a modern gym, free Wi-Fi and a 42-inch flat-screen TV in every room.- from £67.

  • Budget Option

    Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre is right across from Temple Meads train station and a 30-minute drive from Bristol International Airport. In addition, it is next to the M4, M5 and M32 motorways, making it ideal for discovering the city of Bristol and all of South West England.- from £39 .

  • Midrange Option

    Novotel Bristol offers free Wi-Fi, a modern health club, a sports bar and on-site parking. The Novotel Bristol Center is a 5-minute walk from Temple Meads train station. – from £50 .

 

 

 

Old Market

Old Market is the first area of ​​Bristol to be built around the castle and, therefore, a place filled with history.

Old Market is located east from Old City, and its streets are full of antique shopes, vintage clothing and all kinds of Bohemian souvenirs.

This neighbourhood is an excellent alternative accommodation for artists, or for those who want to avoid mainstream attractions.

This area is also known as “the gay village of Bristol” for its LGBT-themed shops, pubs and bars.

Old is considered the most gay-friendly place in Bristol.

If you want to know what Bristol’s nightlife has to offer, Old Market is a great place to stay.

Best areas to stay in Bristol - Old Market

Best areas to stay in Bristol – Old Market

Bristol - Old Market - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Bristol – Old Market – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Alternative scene
  • LGBT bars
  • Nightlife
  • Accessible
  • Bohemian boutiques

Hand-picked hotels in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Future Inn Bristol is adjacent to the Cabot Circus shopping center, a 10-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads Station. It offers air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and free parking at the Cabot Circus shopping center, next to the hotel. – from £67.

  • Budget Option

    ibis Bristol Temple Meads is a 10-minute walk from the Cabot Circus and Broadmead shopping areas, 2.4 km from the University of Bristol and a 10-minute drive from Clifton, where the suspension bridge is located. – from £49.

 

 

 

Harbourside

Harbourside went from being a dock where sailors and merchants bartered to become an incredibly modern area in Bristol.

Harbourside is filled with shops, restaurants and different kinds of hotels, making it one of the main commercial areas of Bristol.

This district is the perfect choice for the most athletic visitors and sports enthusiasts. If you decide to stay in Harbourside, you can join outdoor activities such as rowing and sailing, to name just a few.

Other Harbourside attractions include the Bristol Aquarium and one of the best museums in the UK: The SS Great Britain, a transatlantic ship built in 1843 that makes us travel in time as soon as we set foot on its deck.

Harbourside is one of the best areas to stay in Bristol if you are looking for adventure. However, this neighbourhood also allows to get to know important pieces in the history of this incredible city.

Top area to stay in Bristol - Harbourside

Top area to stay in Bristol – Harbourside

Bristol - Harbourside - Click here to see all hotels on a map

Bristol – Harbourside – Click here to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Outdoor activities
  • Bristol Aquarium
  • SS Great Britain
  • Great restaurants
  • Accessible
  • Shops and entertainment

Hand-picked hotels in this area

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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