Bristol’s maritime past is superseded by its legacy as the hometown of Banksy whose murals have inspired waves of activism since the 1980s. Expressed through its cyclable neighborhoods, second-hand shopping, and plant-based dining scene, Brizzle’s green philosophy makes it a mint destination in the United Kingdom for couples, families, and nomads.
Bristol Harbor and Old City form the town center. This is a convivial area awash with pubs, breweries, live music joints, and theaters. Bristol Ferry provides a fun way of exploring such harborside attractions as the aquarium and SS Great Britain. Clifton Village is marked by its downs, observatory, and suspension bridge while Whiteladies Road is abuzz with indie cafes and vintage stores. The southern banks of the River Avon are a hodgepodge of galleries, comedy clubs, and parks while heading north takes you to castles and Aerospace’s Concorde exhibition.
Unlock your own creativity on a West Country escape at one of these Airbnbs in Bristol, UK.
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This massive Airbnb in Bristol Harborside is perfect for families and large groups of babbers, as they say out west. The Victorian-era property was recently revamped with a chef’s kitchen, superior furniture, and windows aplenty. Antiques and the fireplace hark back to the townhouse’s history. Step out onto the terrace for the best views of the UK’s vibrant seaport from the private hot tub.
Built by an award-winning local studio, this chic pad swept three gongs for its innovative architecture at a national ceremony. Given the curved walls and sharp angles, it wasn’t the easiest job but the pay-off was a quirky home with a roof garden overlooking the Edwardian street. Keep your eyes peeled for Banksy murals on the walk to St Werburgs City Farm and along the cafe-studded Mina Road.
Hunker down in one of the UK’s most unique Airbnbs in Bristol’s Queen Square. Carved right into the rock, this Georgian vault once stored important deeds and documents. Nowadays, the safe contains a luxury bathroom hidden behind the original cast iron door. A walnut bed floats over the heated concrete floor in the main space and a dog bed, cot, and highchair are free upon request.
Whether you’re feeling spendy or can’t resist window shopping, this one-bed Airbnb is steps from Bristol’s Gloucester Road – the UK’s longest independent shopping street. Hardwood flooring, low-slung settees strewn with Moroccan cushions, and a window nook framed by vines make this the perfect urban hideout for a couple or solo traveler. Clifton Downs and the city center are easily accessible on foot, bike, or bus.
Kitten-soft fabrics and a delicate palette muster up a calm aesthetic in this Clifton Village Airbnb. Both bedrooms have an en suite shower whereas the family bathroom has a soaking tub. A gourmet kitchen and a study make this a solid choice for a longer stay or workation while the sprawling backyard has ample bike storage space. This leafy neighborhood is convenient for the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the riverside.
This homely rental is tucked away in a quiet enclave behind Cabot Circus around the corner from the graffiti-glad Stokes Croft. The home itself showcased work from the Bristol-born Inkie. Both bedrooms overlook the courtyard oasis festooned with fairy lights for carefree evenings over a picky tea and maybe even a spot of doodling. There’s zero need for a car although paid parking is available.
This beautiful Airbnb in Bristol’s happening Southville district is a 10-minute stroll from Wapping Wharf and minutes from bars and comedy clubs. Let the custom wall mural of the city’s attractions inspire your itinerary as you tuck into morning granola and spend evenings unwinding on the roof terrace. The entire apartment is immaculately decorated with the free-standing tub in the master suite adding a hotel standard.
The host of this brilliant basement flat is a frequent traveler who has curated a cozy rental stocked with all the necessities and a personal touch. Bifold doors reveal the backyard with a fire pit and a private hot tub. Even on a drizzly day, you’ll appreciate this green refuge from the hammock. Parking is cheap but the walkable Redland neighborhood is well-served by buses.
This criminally large loft is installed within an old factory in the Paintworks development where creatives live and work. After catching the sunset from the balcony, whoever claims the master suite can look forward to a bubble bath in the freestanding tub. This is one of the best Airbnbs in Bristol for digital nomads and freelancers eager to mingle although vacationers will appreciate the regular flea markets and art exhibitions.
A five-minute taxi from the main train station and a quick ferry from Queen Square and the Bristol Aquarium, this home on the docks can’t be beaten on location. It straddles three floors with all bedrooms lavished with natural light. The first level contains a state-of-the-art kitchen and roomy lounge with a wood burner and underfloor heating. Best of all, there’s a charming patio for morning coffee and evening cider.
This “upside down” cottage in Bristol’s trendiest inner suburb features a sunshine-drenched living room and kitchen with elegant French doors leading onto the patio. The three bedrooms are down in the basement where light filters down through the skylights in the yard. The house has two parking spaces but you can walk to local attractions and pubs in 20 minutes or less.
Along with the rest of the UK, Bristol follows Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The city observes British Summer Time (BST) from the last Sunday in March until the final Sunday in October.
What county is Bristol, UK, in?
Bristol is both a city and a county in southwest England. With Gloucester to the north and Somerset to the south, Bristol has historically been administered by both of these West Country counties. It became a unitary authority in 1996 after the short-lived ceremonial country of Avon was abolished.
Bristol is located 120 miles west of London. Great Western Railway (GWR) services link Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads in as little as one hour and thirty minutes. The seaport is actually closer to the Welsh capital; trains from Cardiff Central fly over the River Severn and take as little as 45 minutes to reach Bristol.