Bristol, it’s gurt lush. In fact, it’s the most populous region in the South West and the largest centre of culture, employment and education. We wanted to share with you some of the things that make Bristol so special – some you’ll probably already know about and some might even surprise you.
Even if you haven’t visited before, it’s likely that you’ve seen Bristol as the backdrop of one of many TV programmes. Skins, Casualty, Afterlife, Deal or No Deal and scenes of Doctor Who, Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run were all filmed or produced here.
It’s a funny city. No literally, it’s a hub of comedy with many famous comedians’ coming out of Bristol. Matt Lucas and David Walliams both studied at BristolUniversity and Russell Howard and Stephen Merchant were born here.
Bristol likes doing great things in twos. That’s why you’ll find two rival football clubs, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City and two universities, University of West of England (UWE) and University of Bristol which was the first higher education institution to admit women on an equal basis to men.
As England’s first official ‘cycling city’, Bristol underwent a multi-million pound development project to make the city as cyclist friendly as possible.
It’s festival-crazy. Not only is Bristol a stone’s throw from Glastonbury but it’s also home to its own amazing events, including BrisFest, Harbour Festival, Foodies Festivals, Grillstock (where Levi Roots cooked up a storm) and Simple Things. You’ll also find pop-up urban beaches, St Paul’s Carnival, regular cider festivals and the incredible International Balloon Fiesta.
Bristol Old Vic is the oldest, continually working theatre in the country and has been staging outstanding productions since 1766. They recently hosted an exciting open-air production.
Much celebrated and ever mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy was (allegedly) born and raised in Bristol. A lot of his work can be seen in Bristol especially in the popular Stokes Croft area.
Ribena was invented in Bristol, at the National Fruit and Cider Institute, after sources of Vitamin C dwindled during World War II and researchers found blackcurrants to be a great alternative to oranges.
From nights out to quiet drinks, there’s definitely somewhere you’ll love in Bristol. A number of exclusive chic cocktail bars combined with cosy country pubs and even pub-boats. The Apple boat and Thekla are two of our favourites.
And if that’s not enough for you, it’s easy to get away. With regular trains, you can be in London in under two hours. Fancy the beach? Why not hop across to neighbouring Wales or head West to nearby Devon. Still not far enough? Bristol Airport can get you to most desirable destinations across Europe.
Fan Facts. In Bristol, to "have a benny" means to lose your temper - Barry Walker.
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