Like A Local: Bristol, England


A common question that comes to my mind, and I'm sure yours as well, when I'm traveling is "what do the locals do?" I truly believe that everything and every place is worth seeing at least once. Whether it is something touristy or something off the beaten path, that something is special and more importantly new to you! There's so much we can learn by opening ourselves up to new adventures. So, of course, one of the best ways to do this is to live, explore, and experience a place "like a local"! 


Bristol, UK

by Claire of Claire's Footsteps

Bristol Harbour

Bristol Harbour

1. Your city’s name and nicknames

Bristol in the UK; nicknamed Brizzy or B-Town (nothing too imaginative!).

2. Favorite places to eat

There are so many places to eat in Bristol! One of my favourites has to be Atomic Burger on Gloucester Road, a burger joint with a retro 80’s theme. They do the most amazing sweet potato fries and creative burgers, with gluten free buns and lots of vegetarian or vegan options. Prices start from about £10 for a burger and chips. Street Food in Stokes Croft serve noodles and other amazing South East Asian food at really great prices – starting at about £8. If you like your seafood, check out Fishers in Clifton for everything from the sea – prices range between £10 and £20. For something a bit high-end, Clifton based The Botanist serves up fine dining food which will cost you about £30 for a meal. And for some real cheap eats, check out student favorite St Nicholas’ Market, which serves bargain street food every weekend, with meals starting from just £5.

3.  Favorite places to study/do work

Bristol is England, so this can be very weather dependent! There’s a well-facilitated library in town and lots of cafes for when it’s cold or rainy – a personal favorite of mine is @ the well in Stokes Croft. If it’s sunny, the beauty of Bristol is in one of its outdoor spaces; check out Castle Park, College Green or the Clifton Downs to study in a scenic setting!

4. Favorite places to relax/detox

Clifton has to be my favorite relaxation spot. With a view of the famous Suspension Bridge, you can enjoy a drink in one of the many bars or cafes (The White Lion has the best view!) and soak in the incredible atmosphere of this quiet yet exciting area of the city.

Stokes Croft Street Art

Stokes Croft Street Art

5.  Favorite photo spot

It’s got to be all of the street art in Stokes Croft/ Gloucester Road! There’s so many liberal paintings there which just scream social reform, and make me so proud to be an adopted Bristolian.

6. What’s 1 “touristy” thing in your city everyone actually has to visit

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is an iconic spot of Bristol and, in my opinion, is one of the best things to do in the UK and a must-visit in the city. The bridge spans from Clifton to Ashton Court and dominates the skyline of Clifton, and offering extraordinary views of the city beneath.

7. What’s 1 not so well known spot people should definitely visit in your city

The Bear Pit Street Art

The Bear Pit Street Art

The Bear Pit! It’s technically a roundabout, but it’s the best roundabout you’ll have seen in a while. It’s located at the Northern Entrance to the City Center; you’ll know it from the huge model bear. But the beauty of the Bear Pit needs to be appreciated on foot; descend into the dropped middle of the roundabout, and you’ll see lots of thought-provoking street art adorning the walls, often market stalls selling products and sometimes a pop-up café or small restaurant! The Bear Pit is hidden and doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s well worth the visit.

8. 1 unique fact about your city (can be anything from a childhood story to a myth to an actual historical fact)

It has been voted the best place to live in the UK in 2017 – not for the first time!

9. Any tips or tricks on how to navigate your city

Ok, I admit, the one thing I don’t love about Bristol is the public transport system… take some sturdy shoes because to make the most of the city, you’ll be walking a lot! But the city centre is compact, all of the main attractions are walkable from each other, and taxis are inexpensive.  

10. What do you love most about your city

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

This is a hard question! The thing I love the most about Bristol is that there’s something for everybody. I loved it when I was 18 years old and wanted to go out every night, I love it now I’ more interested in culture, history and people, I loved being a student there and I loved working there.

Bristol is the kind of city that retains an extraordinary past – the city centre still has its original street layout from Medieval times and Clifton is an extraordinary example of Georgian architecture – while constantly pressing forward to the future. Bristol was 2015’s European Green City and constantly wins awards for being the ‘Best City to Live In’, ‘The Best City for Students’ and my favorite ‘Europe’s Happiest City’.

Bristol’s the perfect mix of enough facilities and events so you’ll never get bored, but with a small-town vibe and community so everyone feels included. Bristol’s diverse, exciting, beautiful and ever changing. I’m not originally from Bristol, but I’ll always think of the South West City as home.

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