20 things to do in Bristol

We could easily come up with a list of 2,000 things to do in our vibrant, eclectic home city. If you're here for a short break or holiday, here are some of our suggestions …

1. Bristol is famous for its music scene. By day, explore record stores like Idle Hands, Wanted Records and Centre for Better Grooves …

2. … by night, visit one of its many clubs, from indie music venue The Fleece, an old wool hall, to house and techno institution Lakota.

3. Get outdoors. Walk or cycle along the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, a 13-mile countryside route along an old railway line.

4. Get onto the water and try yachting, paddleboarding or rowing at the Harbourside.

5. Take a boat trip around the Harbourside area or along the River Avon …

6. … or out to Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first great ocean liner, which has been restored to how it would have been in Victorian times.

7. If you'd prefer to stay on dry land, explore the restaurants, bars, shops and markets of the Harbourside instead, or just sit and watch the boats go past.

8. Visit the exhibition on the history of Bristol at M Shed.

9. Climb to the top of Cabot Tower for an excellent view of the city.

10. Visit St Nicholas' Indoor Market, where you'll find a wide selection of independent traders and world foods.

11. Head to Gloucester Road, apparently the longest street of independent shops in Europe, where you'll find everything from vintage clothing and handmade jewellery to art.

12. Nearby in Stokes Croft, often referred to as Bristol's cultural quarter, explore artists' studios, galleries and cafes.

13. Watch a game of county cricket at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club – although Bristol's not in Gloucestershire, it used to be, and the club's ground is in the city.

14. Take the kids to St Andrew's Park, a Victorian park with a dog-free playground and a paddling pool in summer.

15. Head to Cox and Baloney on a Friday or Saturday evening for Gin and Tea – a selection of the cafe's own homemade tea-infused gins paired with local cheeses.

16. Tuck into an award-winning pie at Pieminister, accompanied by a craft beer.

17. Take a Haunted and Hidden walking tour to discover the city's ghostly buildings and ghoulish tales.

18. Take a walk on the Downs and admire the stunning views of the Avon Gorge.

19. See a show at one of the dozens of theatres and performance venues, from the Hippodrome and the Old Vic to the tiny Wardrobe Theatre.

20. Visit Brunel's world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and learn about its history in the visitor centre.

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