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Travel: Art and Culture in Bristol

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Bristol has plenty for the art lover to enjoy, so why not spend a weekend in this lovely English city?

Bristol, in Southwest England, is the largest city in the region for art and culture. Bristol is host to plenty of great music, theatre, and visual arts events throughout the year and offers many interesting galleries and museums. Bristol makes a great weekend city break for any art and culture lover.

Bristol can be reached via its airport, or by train or bus from anywhere in the UK. There are many great hotels in the city centre, such as the Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol, which will put you right at the heart of the art scene and within walking distance of the many galleries and venues.

 

 

So what can you get up to on your art and culture retreat to Bristol? Here are a few ideas:

Visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

The gallery holds three floors of art, with everything from ancient artefacts to contemporary works.

 

 

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery frequently hosts grand exhibitions with international acclaim in its impressive Baroque-style building. Recently the museum hosted Banksy Vs Bristol Museum, an exhibition of the local artist Banksy which had over 300,000 visitors. The permanent collection is a great mix of history and artistic beauty; you can see everything from amazing dinosaur fossils and exquisite works by Bellini, Pissarro, and Renoir to delicate ceramics and glass from ancient China and Japan. With so much to discover, you will want to spend an entire day here!

See a show at Arnolfini

At this famous arts centre, located on the Narrow Quay in Bristol, you can watch some top-quality dance performances, exhibitions, and films. Arnolfini is well known for showcasing the best of contemporary art in Bristol. Admission to the exhibitions is free but you will have to get tickets to see the shows.

See theatre history at the Bristol Old Vic

This theatre company, based at the 1766 Theatre Royal on King Street, claims to be the oldest continually-operating theatre in England. The 400-seat theatre has beautifully restored architecture and is a great stop for theatre and history fans.

Listen to a live band

The quality of Bristol’s music scene is well known and admired around the UK and internationally. Bristol has a unique sound, and there are many cool clubs and live music venues where you can catch a great show. Whether you are into rock, techno, or opera, you will be certain to find a concert during your visit.

Relive the past at Berkeley Castle

This stately castle, built in 1117, is still home to the Berkeley Family! Steeped in almost 1,000 years of British history, this gorgeous estate has many stories to tell, such as being the setting for the gory murder of Edward II way back in 1327 and being besieged by Cromwell’s troops in 1645. History fans will love the impressive collection of furniture, rare paintings, and tapestries on display at this beautiful castle.

These are just a few things to do on an art and culture weekend break in Bristol, and there are many more to discover!

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  • Clifton

    There are many art exhibits and museums of culture around Bristol, and some fantastic Banksy artwork can be seen too, if you’re into that! A great post :)