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Bristol's the best—you can take it to the Bank(sy)

Characterized by street art, independent businesses, and a vibrant foodie scene, cool, cultured, and creative Bristol is as happening as it is historical. Its two icons are the SS Great Britain, a 19th-century steamship that's been beautifully restored inside and out, and the 249-foot-high Clifton Suspension Bridge atop the Avon Gorge, which appears on virtually every Bristol postcard. Both were designed by engineer extraordinaire Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Book a Bristol vacation rental and find out why this small city with a big personality has been repeatedly named the "best place to live in" in Britain.

Things to do

The past and the curious: must-see museums in Bristol

Bristol has some imaginative museums—you'd expect no less from a creative city, after all. Long after you've vacated your Bristol vacation rental, the kids might still be buzzing about the planetarium and the interactive science exhibits at We The Curious, or the industrial and historical curiosities at the dockside M Shed, set in a converted transit shed. Banksy's "Paint-Pot Angel" is the welcoming committee at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Got time for one more stop? Say hi to the gorillas at the Bristol Zoo Gardens, the fifth oldest zoo in the world.

Activities

The nights are absolutely buzzin' in Bristol

Explore the harborside with an eye-patched guide in a pirate-themed walking tour, or join a Banksy tour and trace the famous street artist's graffitied legacy all around town. You can also sightsee on two wheels; Bristol is touted as the country's first cycling city, and there are scenic off-road trails outside the city center, too. Water babies can cool off at The Lido, a Victorian swimming pool that's been resurrected as a chic oasis with a spa and elegant dining. Finally, check out Bristol's sprightly nightlife scene and have a pint or two at the pub.

Weather

Warm up to this small city's sunny summers

Bristol is located in southwest England, where it's partially sheltered by Exmoor and the Mendip Hills. It ranks among the warmest and sunniest cities in the United Kingdom. In the summer, temperatures range from 53 to 71 degrees, and although the day might get off to a rainy start, you'll eventually enjoy clear skies and warm weather. Winters are rather mild, with temps falling between 37 and 48 degrees. There's occasional snowfall from November to April. Bristol vacation rentals are likely to come with lower price tags in the winter, particularly from December to February.

Natural features

Bristol—get ready to see the Gorge-ous scenery

For unrivaled panoramas of the Avon Gorge and the suspension bridge, head up to the Clifton Observatory, housed in an 18th-century windmill on the Clifton Down. Its camera obscura is one of only two that are open to the public in England. Giant's Cave opens out onto the cliffside and affords a different view over the gorge, but skip it if you're acrophobic (or a child below age 4). While you're in the Downs, you may as well take to the trails for a chance to meet the local birds and wildlife; download official trail maps online.

How to get there

How to get to and around Bristol

The nearest airport is in Bristol (BRS-Bristol Intl.), located 6.7 mi (10.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Cardiff (CWL-Cardiff Intl.), which is 32.3 mi (51.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Bristol Temple Meads Station, Bristol Clifton Down Station and Bristol Redland Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Bristol?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,483 vacation rentals near Bristol. From 454 Cabins to 344 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bristol for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bristol?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bristol:

  • Clifton: 42 vacation rentals
  • Saint Paul's: 52 vacation rentals
  • Bristol City Centre: 57 vacation rentals
  • Canon's Marsh: 39 vacation rentals
  • Bristol Floating Harbour: 67 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bristol?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bristol. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bristol (TPB-Bristol Temple Meads Train Station): 1,220 vacation rentals
  • SS Great Britain: 1,215 vacation rentals
  • Saltford Golf Club: 1,229 vacation rentals
  • The Georgian House: 1,219 vacation rentals
  • BBC Bristol: 1,216 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bristol listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Bristol?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 454 Cabins in Bristol. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bristol include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 344 rentals available
  • Houses: 521 rentals available
  • Cottages: 454 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bristol?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 49 vacation rentals with pool available in Bristol. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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