Bristol is a pretty awesome place to live
This was confirmed when it was recently voted the tenth happiest UK city to work in and was also named as the kindest city in the UK. Here Bristol blogger BrizzleKezSays shares the 10 things she loves the most about this fantastic city.
1. Drink up thee cider
Bristol and my favourite apple-based drink go hand in hand. The city is home to some pretty great cider bars and pubs such as The Apple and The Corination Tap – you’d be totally mistaken if you thought this beverage was just for The Wurzels.
2. The glorious Gloucester Road
3. The Harbourside
On a sunny day, nothing beats a wander along Bristol’s harbourside. I also love browsing round the M Shed museum that’s located here – it’s a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon and learn about the city’s history.
4. All the independent restaurants
Bristol is home to a whole range of independent restaurants, which is ideal for a foodie like me – there always seems to be somewhere new opening and it’s great that there is so much choice when it comes to picking a great place to eat. Among my favourites are Fishers Restaurant in Clifton (which I recently discovered) and Casa Mexicana on Zetland Road.
5. The amazing night life
Whether you love dancing the night away in a club, or enjoying a glass of fizz in a swanky bar, Bristol’s night life has something for everyone. An oldie but a goodie, Brown’s at the top of Park Street is one of my favourite places to start any evening out.
6. Pretty awesome music
The city has a pretty strong heritage when it comes to music, and most people know that world renowned bands such as Massive Attack and Portishead were formed here. In terms of live music, you can find a whole range of venues across Bristol from the Colston Hall to The Exchange, attracting everyone from big name artists to small up and coming bands – I’ve been to loads of amazing gigs at the O2 Academy over the years as well. It was recently confirmed that Bristol will be getting its very own arena in 2018 too – about time!
7. The countless festivals
During the summer months, it feels like there’s a different festival taking place in Bristol on an almost weekly basis. My favourite has got to be The Harbour Festival, which is when the city centre becomes a celebration of everything boat-related, along with a great mixture of food stalls, live bands and entertainment. This year the festival is running from 15th – 17th July and if you’re going, I’ll see you there!
8. Banksy – enough said
I couldn’t possibly write a list of the things I love about Bristol without mentioning the famous Banksy. This mysterious street-artist has certainly helped to put us on the map, and you can catch a glimpse of his many masterpieces across the city – this one on Park Street is my favourite.
9. Its many markets
If you love a market, then you’ve certainly come to the right place. If rummaging round a vintage fair or trying some tasty bites at a farmers market is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed in Bristol. My favourite is St Nicholas Market on Corn Street – the perfect place for a lunchtime wander if you work in the city centre.
10. The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Think of Bristol, and this is surely is the first thing that comes to mind! Arguably Bristol’s most famous landmark, Brunel’s engineering masterpiece is a sight to behold. Located in Clifton, I love to stand here and watch the balloons begin their flight over the city during the annual Balloon Fiesta.
What are the things that you love most about Bristol? We’d love to hear them!