Bristol is packed with attractions. You can easily spend a week or two exploring everything it has to offer. But sometimes a whole week of holiday time just isn’t in the cards. In fact, you might only have a day to take in this great West Country city. If so, you’ll want to make the most of your time.

Why not follow this fantastic guide during your flying visit?

Start at University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

If you’re up early, try starting your day at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens. They’re home to a stunning 4,500 species of local and rare flora. From native plants to beautiful aquatic displays, there’s plenty to explore, and taking a stroll through the gardens is a nice peaceful way to start your day in Bristol.

Walk Down to Bristol Zoo

It’s only a short walk from the gardens to Bristol Zoo, so pay a quick visit to take a look at your favourite exotic animals. If you have kids, this is a great place to start getting them excited.

Visit Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge is a captivating work from the thriving Industrial Age, and it’s one sight you shouldn’t miss seeing when you visit Bristol. As you walk down from Bristol Zoo, go through the gardens to take a quick look at Bristol Observatory.

Head to the Docklands

It should be about time for an early lunch, and the Docklands is home to plenty of options. It might be easier to take a taxi, although the walk from the Clifton Suspension Bridge doesn’t take too long. When you arrive, you should visit:

  • SS Great Britain: To see a floating museum and learn about the wonders of the Age of Steam.
  • M Shed: To explore a fascinating industrial museum and learn all about Bristol’s city.
  • Arnolfini: To check out spectacular contemporary art and get in touch with your cultural side.
  • We The Curious: To explore hands-on science exhibits and excite your imagination.

A short stroll takes you to Bristol Cathedral, which is fantastic to see at night. You can even catch an evening service.

Finish with Food and Drink

From Michelin-starred fine dining to vibrant food stalls, there are plenty of places to enjoy your dinner, plus a whole host of bars.