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Destination guide

Secure a luxury Bristol lodging for culture and history

Bristol is the cultural centre of the country and offers an array of fun-filled attractions near pet-friendly cottages in Wales. You can spend your time strolling along the harbourside to see vibrant shops and restaurants, or you can venture into the M Shed Museum to learn about local history and the industrial past. With accommodation in the area, you'll have access to centuries of history and endless outdoor adventures, such as days at the beach or long hikes exploring the landscape. With a dog-friendly cottage in Wales, you can explore all the wonders of Bristol with your pet for a memorable experience.

 
History

Heritage sites near Bristol holiday homes

A centuries-old history enriches the attractions in Bristol that celebrate its rich heritage. Holiday homes can be found near such locations as the Bristol Harbour, a vibrant harbour that has existed since the 13th century, and M Shed, a dockside museum with colourful exhibits on the life in Bristol since the 1950s. Tyntesfield, a Gothic Revival home with turrets, gardens and guided tours, and the St Mary Redcliffe Church, a 15th-century church with Gothic architectural details, are also great for history buffs. You could also visit the Blaise Castle Estate, an 18th-century Gothic castle on a picturesque estate with a historic home and art museum.

Things to do

Things to do near Bristol holiday homes

Bristol has an array of historic sites, gardens, zoos and museums to delight the world-weary traveller. Holiday homes can be found near locations like the Clifton Suspension Bridge, an iconic Victorian bridge spanning a deep gorge, and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, a living museum on Brunel’s iron steamship with tours below deck. Animal lovers will enjoy the Bristol Zoo Gardens, a conservation zoo and garden with exotic animal attractions, and cultural enthusiasts will appreciate the views of the Bristol Cathedral, an Anglican cathedral with 12th-century heritage and a vaulted chapter house. The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, a museum with artistic masterpieces and archaeological artefacts, is also a must-visit location.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Bristol

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that makes Bristol a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • We The Curious (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Bristol Zoo (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Techniquest (24.6 mi / 39.6 km)
  • Bristol Ice Rink (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Knowle Golf Club (2.8 mi / 4.5 km)
  • HorseWorld (4.1 mi / 6.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Bristol

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Bristol is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cheddar Gorge and Caves (14 mi / 22.5 km)
  • Wookey Hole (15.9 mi / 25.7 km)
  • Bristol Castle Park (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Castle Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Brandon Hill (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Leigh Woods (2.2 mi / 3.5 km)
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 centre. 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.

How to get around

Transport to Bristol holiday homes

With road, rail, bus, coach and air links, Bristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the United Kingdom. The large international airport offers tram service to many of the key locations in Bristol, and the train has direct services from major United Kingdom cities. Upon arrival, you’ll find hire cars, hire bikes and walking routes to get you around the city’s destinations and to and from your holiday rental. Ferries, chauffeured travel and taxis are also available.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly fun near Bristol holiday homes

Farms, zoos, nature parks and kid-focused museums are found throughout Bristol, giving you the chance for fun and educational experiences on your family holiday. Kid-friendly holiday homes can be found near sites like the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, a farm with exotic species and a children’s playground, and the Bristol Aquarium, a marine-life centre with sharks, rays, a giant octopus and tropical fish with underwater viewing tunnels. The Clifton Observatory, an 18th-century windmill that has been renovated into an observatory, and the Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve, a scenic nature preserve with wooded areas, gorges and an abundance of wildlife, are also popular with children.

Good for couples

Romantic Bristol holiday cottages

As a haven for artists and authors, Bristol offers a naturally romantic atmosphere that’s perfect for a couple’s retreat. Holiday homes are available near intimate locations like Arnolfini, a contemporary arts centre with masterpieces in a waterside warehouse, and Chew Valley Lake, a scenic reservoir with hiking trails and native swans. The Ashton Court Estate, a country home with golf courses, cafes and a deer park on a vast estate, and Castle Park, a green public space with a sensory herb garden and the ruins of a church and castle, are also romantic spots to explore.

How many holiday rentals are available around Bristol?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,372 holiday lettings around Bristol. From 357 flats & apartments to 605 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

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

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Bristol:

  • Clifton: 51 holiday homes
  • Bristol City Centre: 65 holiday homes
  • Bristol Floating Harbour: 80 holiday homes
  • Canon's Marsh: 42 holiday homes
  • Easton: 34 holiday homes

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

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Bristol?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Bristol. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Noah's Ark Zoo Farm: 1,189 holiday lettings
  • Saltford Golf Club: 1,192 holiday lettings
  • The Georgian House: 1,163 holiday lettings
  • Bristol Yate Station: 1,188 holiday lettings
  • Thornbury Castle: 1,226 holiday lettings

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

Can I rent Flats in Bristol?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 357 Flats in Bristol. Our other popular types of Bristol holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 605 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 605 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 291 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Bristol?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 51 holiday homes with pool available in Bristol. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.