I found very useful the Tourist Information (located next door to @Bristol). They provided me with a nice free map and answered all my questions (which bus, what cost, what time) about everything.
I had free internet access at my hotel but I’ve heard that there is free internet access at Bristol Central Library (behind the Cathedral at the bottom of Park Street) at the second floor.
If you want to see a concert you can buy VENUE magazine and buy tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop(pic 1). It is located at the city center(26 Union St, Bristol BS1 2DP). Their telephone:08704444400. The ticket office is open Mon-Sat 10.00-18.00 (Thursday till 19.00) http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/
I wanted to check some places (especially nightclubs) on the map to see how far they are from point A to point B so I used this extra helpful online interactive map for directions :
If you don’t have a guide book and need some basic info about Bristol check: http://www.visitbristol.co.uk
If you want to buy food from a market try TESCO(pic 2). It has good prices and I saw several around the center (one next to Old Duke pub, another opposite the Bristol Mall etc)
If you get lost ask a policeman, they seem friendly to tourists and kind of funny on their horses :) (pic 3)
Bristol has no less than five (!) Tourist information centres. They are located at Harbourside (@ Centre), City centre (Colston Avenue), at Broadmead (Shopping centre), Clifton (Bristol City Museum) and Temple Meads (British Empire Museum).
I visited one at Harbourside - they had the usual selection of free maps, brochures and leaflets as well as some small souvenirs. Bristol Guide and Bristol Pocket Guide are free brochures where you can find the essential tourist info about Bristol.
General info can be found online at www.visitbristol.co.uk
Fondest memory: One of the things that is excellent in Bristol are tourist signposts that are located throughout the city, pointing to major points of tourist interest. Posts are well designed, always displaying the map of the surrounding area as well as arrows pointing in directions of surrounding sites.
If you see a naked man dangling by his finger tips from a window ledge in Bristol it could be (a) an actual naked man hanging from a window ledge in Bristol or (b) one of the latest artworks from the international graffiti artist, Banksy. I had known about Banksy for a long while, but had no idea that he was born in Bristol. Apparently the naked man stencil is very recent, appearing in June 2006.
See BBC News Article 'Naked Man Mural Allowed to Stay'
There are other Banksy artworks around the city (this was the first one I'd noticed) and also across many parts of the world. Noone is quite sure of his real name and identity. His early work can now be valued at over £100,000!!
Location: Bottom of Park Street opposite College Green.
See also 'Free house as part of Banksy sale'
Here we are,next to Arnolfini. A nice and sunny winter day. And there is me and the great Bristolian ( although originally Italian -Giovanni )John Cabot, trying to figure out were Newfoundland is...
I believe its that way.... :-)
or the Saint James Barton roundabout and underpass, as it is properly known. Not a Favorite thing at all. The ghastly collision between modern unban planning and ancient city that spawned Broadmead is aptly terminated to the North by this sunken urban wasteland.
The charming meadow flowers are are the result of intervention by the prsc who do much good work. What the bear pit is notororious for is congregations of street people. And indeed I was assailed by an inhoherent alkie twenty seconds after taking this photo. Jerk thought I was photographing him. But generally, certainly during the daytime, its fine. As indeed are the street people...here because it's hard by the bus station, because the magistrates court is nearby too (it's the po-mo confection behind the bus-station), because its the gateway to Stokes Croft: because that's who urban spaces like this are for.
I hate going below street level to cross roads, especially when the layout meeans you are deviating considerably from a straight line. But, on foot, you pretty well can't avoid it here.
Fondest memory: Curiously, the roundabout itself is in a funny way one of my 'favorite things to do in Bristol' things, but in a very specialised way. You need a decent bike and to get the lights entering it from Stokes Croft absolutely right. Cars eat your dust as you paste round it, hitting the lights mid roundabout just as they go green and whacking down into into St Lewins Mead at a good 20 knots, leaving powerful horseless carriages eating my dust. Reduces the time spent in the vicinity dramatically.
Favorite thing: My favourite thing in Bristol is to walk around the Clifton area. Away from the bridge, a whole part of the city unfolds with its own distinct atmosphere since it used to be a spa village. It is full of parks, pubs, wine bars, cafes and shops and feels very friendly and intellectual. Clifton also has lots of lovely houses such as these with their lovely balconies and other really colourful ones, looking like I expect parts of San Fransisco or Sydney to do.
Check out the markets! St Nicholas Markets is a fab place for finding all sorts of stuff for bargain prices.
Fondest memory: Well, what I miss most is of course my fiancee, who lives in Bristol!:) I cry every time I have to leave his loving arms, and am planning to move to Bristol or the neighboring city of Bath (gorgeous!) later this summer.
I am in love with Blaise Castle Estate on the northwestern side of Bristol. It's a gorgeous park, and my all-time favourite tv series Robin of Sherwood was filmed there. It must be one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited and I hope I can continue visiting it for the rest of my life!
See the SS Great Britain - (expensive to tour) but great to see for free from around & about, and the rest of the harbour & dock area
Fondest memory: Living there ! Bristol is subtle, it takes time to reveal its delights
Favorite thing: go to Brandon Hill and try to go in the wrong direction when climbing up to it so you will find, if in August, nice bushes of juicy, yummy blackberries - I do like berries - but Greebo brought me on the right way... sorry Greebo I couldn't resist when I spotted the berries... ;-)
Favorite thing: it's even nicer if a squirrel welcomes you up there and nearly seems to pose for you... thanks Greebo you didn't take your camera out of its case not to frighten the squirrel and let me take the pic... if I had notice it, I wouldn't have let you fail your pic of it...
Favorite thing: when you are by the Cathedral, raise your eyes and you see this unicorn which Greebo told me is a symbol of Bristol and said which comes out nice in a pic with a blue sky in the background and glittering in the sun...well my sunny afternoon was already over and it was cloudy again... but why not to snap it anyway!
I was in Bedminster also to go to the Bristol Blue Crystal Glassworks and even if you don't intend to buy, the shop with these creations of Steve Baker is worth a visit!
It's in 50 Bedminster Parade.
And if you want to see more go to bristolblueglass.com
But two real paradises for the shopping lovers are: The Galleries Shopping Centre and St Nicholas Market which used to be the Merchants Guild in the old days.
In the pic part of the huge window of the Bear Factory in The Galleries... unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take a pic inside... everyone who liked when a kid or still likes teddy bears would appreciate this place where you have to choose your furry friend then they stuff, stitch, dress him under your eyes... a plunge in your childhood...
Favorite thing: Inside The Galleries there is the yummy Food Street, at the second floor if I don't remember wrong... here you can have a nice meal choosing among the multiethnic food stalls or have a coffe or something more like this... but I won't repeat what I have written in my food travelogue... I know I'm naughty to push you to go to my travelogue... sorry... ;-) If you don't want to go to the travelogue, I shortly explain here too: it's a chocolate fudge temptation
a small church built into the old Bristol walls.
It's preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust which look after churches which are no longer needed for regular worship but are of historic, architectural or archeological importance.
And inside it...