The city of Bristol is located in Southwest England, amid the green hills of a limestone area that runs from the Mendips in the south to the Cotswolds in the north. Bristol is famous for its creativity, with incredible live music, street art, and a variety of independent businesses. From your holiday cottage in Bristol, you will discover a lively city centre, with riverside walks, parks, and landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon. You can walk across the bridge to take in the spectacular views. Nearby, on Brandon Hill, Cabot Tower is one of the city’s most recognisable buildings, with 108 narrow steps, and breathtaking views from the top.  A visit to the magnificent Bristol Cathedral is also a must on self-catering holidays in Bristol. The city is home to many attractions, such as Brunel’s SS Great Britain, and Bristol Zoo Gardens, where you will discover an incredible collection of exotic plants and animals. Bristol’s creative spirit can be found in the city’s many venues and galleries. A good place to start, Arnolfini houses contemporary artworks in a waterside warehouse. Colston Hall, the Old Duke, Thekla and the Fleece are among Bristol’s iconic music venues.

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Magnificent views of the Bristol Channel stretch before Big Blue, a stunning waterfront cottage boasting rustic antique furnishings & artwork. The secluded coastal cottage in Portishead boasts true elegance & old-world charm, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows with wide sea views across to Wales.

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The City of Bristol

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Recommended Places to Visit When Staying in a Bristol Holiday Cottage

Windmill Hill City Farm

Visit the goats and explore the allotments before treating yourself to coffee and cake at the volunteer-run café, in the city’s Bedminster neighbourhood.


Spike Island

Exhibitions of local artists and other events are regularly held at the studios and galleries on this river island, right in the city centre.


Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Don’t miss the chance to explore this unique museum, located on Brunel’s beautifully restored 19th century passenger liner, with tours below deck.


Bristol Aquarium

Have a day out at this family-friendly attraction, with sharks, Amazonian and tropical fish, a giant octopus, and loads more.


We the Curious

This informative science centre houses a planetarium, experiments, activities, and a variety of interactive exhibits.