Planning a short spring weekend break in Bristol? There are plenty of unique and exciting things to do in the city, so whether you’re visiting with friends, family or a partner, you’ll likely be spoilt for choice!
From a visit to the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge to a tour of Banksy’s street art, there’s something for everyone in Bristol. Here, we’ll share are a few of our favourite ways to spend a weekend in the area.
1. Visit a spa
There are few better ways to spend a day than soaking in a steamy pool, unwinding the hands of a professional massage therapist or curled up in a peaceful sauna. Bristol is home to a plethora of excellent spas, so you can kick off your weekend break in the most relaxing way.
For an extra-special, memorable spa experience in Bristol, try Thermae Bath Spa
in the heart of the city. Live like the Romans – bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich water at this award-winning natural spa and leave feeling replenished. There are plenty of treatments on the menu too, so you can really indulge during your time here.
We may be biased, but we love the spa facilities at the Mercure Bristol Holland House
! The spa menu boasts a range of luxurious treatment therapies, and the team are always on hand to see to your wellbeing. Leave your troubles behind and treat yourself to a little peace and tranquillity, before heading back out into Bristol feeling replenished.
Much of Bristol is best experienced on foot – discover why on a walking tour of the city. Whether you’re interested in seeing famous street art, historic architecture or mysterious ancient maritime sites, there are plenty of walking tours on offer with something to please everyone. Some of the most popular walking tours in Bristol include:
Most walking tours are led by locals, so you can get to know the city from the people who know it best!
3. Visit a museum
It’s one of the most obvious things to do in a new city with good reason! Visit a museum during your short weekend in Bristol and soak in a little culture. There are several to choose from, so there’s something to suit your party no matter who’s in it.
The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
boasts permanent collections of art, nature and historical artefacts as well as ever-changing temporary exhibits and workshops. Discover Egyptian mummies, wildlife, dinosaur skeletons, classical painting, sculpture and more! The museum is free to visit and family friendly, with spaces and activities for little ones.
If the traditional museum isn’t your thing, try something different! Visit Aerospace Bristol
and learn about the history of human flight from 1910 to the present day. The exhibits include helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more – Aerospace Bristol is the perfect spot for flight enthusiasts of all ages.
If you’re planning a short weekend break in Bristol, there are plenty of excellent Mercure hotels in the area just waiting to welcome you. The Mercure Bristol Brigstow
is situated in the vibrant heart of the city centre, perfect for guests looking to stay close to the action. Just a short drive out of the city, the Mercure Bristol North the Grange
is set amongst 18-acres of stunning gardens, an ideal hotel for guests who want to enjoy the city centre during the day and escape to the countryside at night.