Bristol: The city that never stops

Bristol was voted the UK’s best place to live in 2017 by The Sunday Times – that’s the third time in four years! It’s also named the best place to study in the UK, one of the top five most inspiring cities in Europe, and even one of the top 10 cities to visit in the world. No wonder tens of thousands flock to Bristol every year.

Bristol is home to the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Built by Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunelxx, the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge was first opened to the public on 8th December 1864 and joins Bristol and North Somerset. It is a must-see attraction, and you’ll be silly not to visit.

Queen Square is a quintessential Georgian park in the heart of Bristol, nestled amongst Bristol’s Harbourside and Old City areas. Queen Square is the perfect place to grab lunch, relax and read a book. And in Summer you can catch outdoor events like theatre performances and concerts in the square.

You can’t leave Bristol without visiting Bristol Cathedral – I mean, you really can’t miss it. Bristol’s Cathedral is one of the finest examples of a great British hall church to be found anywhere in the world. What’s more, Bristol Cathedral is free to visit and is open to the public 365 days a year – there’s really no excuse.

As well as it’s famous landmarks, Bristol is known for its locals, known as ‘Bristolians.’ Bristolians are brash, unapologetic and most of all, they love Brizzle (local slang for Bristol).

‘Bristolian babble’ is a term for the local twang. To help you understand the Bristol lingo, we’ve put together a list of popular local phrases and what they mean.

Bristolian babble explained

  • ‘Alright my luuuver’ means my darling, my dear, mate. Or even just ‘hello’
  • ‘Woss want?’ means can I help you
  • ‘G’night, Gobbless’ means have a nice evening
  • ‘Gert’ and ‘lush’ are used to describe something that’s nice or cool
  • ‘Jobs a good ‘un’ means good job or well done
  • ‘Loves it I dooze’ means I love it
  • ‘Brizzle’ is local slang for Bristol (just so you know)

If you’re a bit of a foodie, you’re in luck. You’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing where to eat in Bristol. Let us help you find the right spot.

Brunel’s Hat

Brunel’s Hat pays homage to Bristol’s most famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The restaurant serves excellent British classics from breakfast to dinner in an informal dining setting where guests can relax and enjoy their nosh.

Ring O Bells

Take a break, pull up a chair and enjoy a beer and hearty food at Ring O Bells; a beautiful country pub and community hub. A real chance to mingle with the locals (that list of the local lingo will come in handy).


Staying in Bristol for the weekend or looking for somewhere to celebrate in style? Aluna push the boundaries of molecular mixology to produce truly exciting cocktails. They painstakingly test and develop every cocktail on the menu to illustrate and highlight the delicate, subtle and fragrant ingredients collected from all over the world.

If you fancy doing something a little different when you visit Bristol, take a look at these top picks below.

Viaduct Animal Sanctuary

Viaduct Animal Sanctuary is a Bristol charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted, abandoned and mistreated animals. You can help to support the charity by going along to one of their animal experience days. A chance for you to get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, tortoises and insects. And for a small fee, you can explore the whole sanctuary and see the larger animals.

The Bristol Golf Club

The Bristol Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course (the first in Bristol), with a stunning backdrop – the Severn Estuary. They also have a fantastic 9-hole par-3 course, along with a floodlit driving range and grass practice ground. The pro shop is always stocked and the clubhouse bar and restaurant are open to all.

That’s it, folks. If you’re planning to visit Bristol, make sure you download The ENTERTAINER UK app before you go. The app will save you money on Bristol attractions, restaurants, days out and activities.


Laura Marie Parker
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