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Bristol City Guide 🇬🇧

What's up Bristol!

Totting up the accolades on a regular basis, Bristol is having a moment and its star just keeps rising. With plaudits like UK culinary hotspot, happiest, most artistic city, Vegan Capital, UNESCO City of Film and Europe’s first Green Capital, it’s no surprise that independent-minded Bristol and its iconic landmarks, street art, buzzing Harbourside, rich history, diverse cultural scene and penchant for festivals, continues to make waves as an unmissable UK destination.

Needless to say, there’s tons to explore in Bristol on a Voi – find the best places to go in this city guide, download the Voi app and get scooting!

This city guide was created in collaboration with This Bristol Brood. Angharad Paull has lived in Bristol for the past 17 years and considers herself a Bona Fide West Country lass. Since 2014, she’s been regularly employed to share her expert knowledge on Bristol, Bath and the surrounding area. She also runs her own blog, This Bristol Brood – a resource for local parents and visitors to the city looking for local micro-adventures and family-friendly inspiration for things to do in Bristol.

Gloucester Road

Home to one of the UK’s longest stretches of independent shops in the UK, Gloucester Road is also jam-packed with quirky cafes, restaurants, greengrocers, charity shops and pubs (which could all do with a bit of extra love after the pandemic). Running through St Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield, Voi scooters make light work of the gentle incline, meaning you’ll have plenty of energy to hop off at any spot that takes your fancy.

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Banksy Street Art

A world-famous street artist, whose politically-charged works fetch millions and whose identity is one of the biggest mind-bogglers of the art world, Banksy started out in his home city, Bristol. You’ll find many of his works dotted around the city and another could appear at any time, so keep your peepers peeled! Thanks to Banksy and other cutting-edge, homegrown graffiti masters who regularly makeover the walls of the city, Bristol is now considered the street art capital of the UK and seeking out their vibrant murals on two wheels is a must-do activity.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge

One of Bristol’s most iconic sights, Clifton Suspension Bridge was built by Victorian engineer extraordinaire Isambard Kingdom Brunel and took 33 years to complete (he sadly died before it was finished). Spanning the magnificent Avon Gorge, it’s a breathtaking spectacle to behold at any time of year, but especially when hot air balloons fill the skies during the city’s famous balloon fiesta in August.

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Bristol Cathedral

College Green in central Bristol has been the site of a church for over a thousand years. Here, in the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find the calming presence of Bristol Cathedral, one of the finest examples of a hall church in the UK. Inside (when coronavirus restrictions lift), free exhibitions, concerts and guided tours of the cathedral’s role in the BBC’s Wolf Hall run regularly. There’s also a cafe and peaceful gardens to enjoy out the back too.

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Bristol Museums

As you’d expect in such an historic, cultural hub, Bristol has a number of fantastic museums and art galleries, many of which are free to enter, so once they reopen, there’s nothing stopping you taking a tour of them all!

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

If you’re whooshing Voi-style anywhere near The Downs, stop by Bristol Zoo Gardens to see over 400 exotic and endangered animals. Based in Clifton, this historic zoo (it's the fifth oldest in the world) is set among 12 acres of rare plants and beautifully-kempt, colourful gardens. Watch gorillas pace above your head, or gawp at seals gliding majestically past your face in the aquarium tunnels. A great day out come rain or shine with plenty of conservation teachings to boot.

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Bristol Floating Harbour

There are few places as unfailingly photogenic, colourful and tangibly buzzing as Bristol’s Floating Harbour. A scoot around here will bring you to some of the city’s most iconic sights, unmissable restaurants and popular attractions (Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Aquarium, The Matthew and We The Curious, to name a few).

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Bristol Aquarium

Get a feel for life under the water at Bristol Aquarium, with its amazing array of aquatic creatures including rays, seahorses, sharks and more. Browse sealife from the UK coastline before exploring a more tropical climate in the urban jungle (this is the only UK aquarium with a botanical house) where terrapins nibble, rays glide and lush plants bloom. Delve beneath to discover the different species of a coral reef and learn about their weird and wonderful ways from daily talks and feeding demonstrations. Fin-tastic.

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Cabot Circus

Been missing non-essential shops? Then grab a Voi and head to Cabot Circus, a shopping centre with an impressive shell-shaped glass roof, based in the heart of Bristol Shopping Quarter. All your high-street favourites are here, plus high-end (Harvey Nichols), designer shops and plenty of eateries.

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Discover Brunel’s legacy to the city at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, one of the most important ships in maritime history. Restored to her former splendour, the ship is now an interactive museum, alive with the sounds and smells of life on the ocean during Victorian times. Climb the rigging with Go Aloft! for sensational Harbour views or sink beneath the glass sea and marvel at her gigantic propeller.

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