Welcome to Bristol – Our Wonderful City


The City of Bristol is a bustling, commercial and creative city with many different areas offering a variety of things to do and see. The Riverview benefits from being one of the only bed and breakfasts within very close proximity to the city and all the major attractions. Bristol is the birthplace of Isambard Brunel, the famous engineer and there are many of his structures to visit including his famous ship, the SS Great Britain (www.ssgreatbritain.org) and the first suspension bridge ever built at Clifton Suspension bridge.

We are within easy walking distance to the new Gaol ferry Steps development, Bristol Harbourside and city centre. It is a nice walk along the side of the river and into the Harbourside, where you will find many different bars and restaurants including the Arnolfini, a contemporary art gallery and cafe bar. There is also, amongst many others, Bordeaux Quay, ZA ZA Bazzar (allegedly the biggest restaurant in Europe) and the Watershed cafe bar and cinema.

You can take advantage of the great shops in Cabot Circus or the small boutiques in Clifton Village and then stop for lunch at Jamie’s Italian on Park Street. Bristol has a vibrant nightlife with many bars and restaurants. There are a number of nightclubs including Oceana and the O2 Academy and places to see live bands including The Fleece and the Colston Hall.

If you want to see plays, musicals, ballets, operas etc there are several theatres including the Hippodrome, the Old Vic and The Tobacco Factory theatre. There is the Bristol Museum on Park Street which is a traditional museum with many interesting displays. The Mshed is Bristol’s new museum all about the history of the City. In the centre of Millenium Square there is the Aquarium and @bristol which is more of a science museum including a Planetarium. See www.at-bristol.org.uk for more information.

Bristol Zoo is a great place to spend the day. See their website at www.bristolzoo.org.uk Ashton Gate Football Club, the home of Bristol City FC, is a 10 minute walk away. A quick glance at our Location Page illustrates how close we are to many of the attractions in Bristol such as:

The Bristol Museum, Brunel’s famous SS Great Britain, Mshed (Bristol Museum), @bristol and The Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Cathedral, Park Street and Bristol University, The place to shop Cabot Circus, Bristol Zoo Ferry Boat, Clifton and Brunel’s famous suspension bridge, Entertainment at Colston Hall and Bristol Hippodrome Ashton Gate Bristol City football club, Comedy Box at the Hen and Chicken , Tobacco Factory and Brewery theatre & Ashton Court Estate.