Today we are introducing our new feature Road Trip. Week by week, we will be blogging about a visit to a UK where there’s a Thistle Hotel.
We hope that our feature will be useful to you, as it will provide you with a range of insider-tips on what not to miss, where to go for a budget lunch, ideas for a sunny and a rainy day and other information that we regard as useful for a visit of these places.
Our journey will take us to many different places around the country, adding one every week. This week, however, our road trip will start in the lovely city of Bristol.
Bristol is home to many well-known personalities such as ‘Harry Potter’-author J.K.Rowling, The Fry Family, best known for their chocolate production, the Graffiti artist Banksy and Top Gear presenter James May. Bristol was also recently voted as one of the most popular places to live in Britain!
Whether you have already visited Bristol or not, there might still be some things that you didn’t know. Here are some random facts about Bristol:
Did you know that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to help ‘discover’ North America in 1497?
Also, the infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary edcliffe church. His original birthplace and childhood home still stands on Bristol’s harbour side.
Bristol also has a connection with the British television industry. The city was used to film ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘Skins’, ‘The Young Ones’, ‘Casualty’, and ‘Deal or No Deal’. The company Bristol Blue Glass also played a role in the series ‘Doctor Who’ as it was put to the task of producing the glass central pillar, otherwise known as the Time Rotor, for the inside of Doctor Who’s new look Time Machine.
Now that you know some interesting background facts about this city, here are some tips for your stay:
For lunch or dinner for reasonable prices go to:
- San Carlo Italian (2 minute walk from our hotel) http://www.sancarlo.co.uk/menu
- Aqua Italia http://aqua-restaurant.com/
- Brasserie Blanc http://www.brasserieblanc.com/locations/bristol.php
For a special dinner head to:
- Glass bottom boat http://www.glassboat.co.uk/
To satisfy your shopping needs:
- Cabot Circus (5 minute walk from our hotel) http://www.cabotcircus.com/website/
To spend a sunny day try:
- Walks around Bristol http://www.citywalksbristol.com/city_walks_bristol.php
- Downloadable MP3 Tours http://visitbristol.co.uk/site/about-bristol/video-and-audio/audio-tours
- Bristol Zoo http://www.bristolzoo.org.uk/
To fill your free evenings with entertainment:
- Bristol Hippodrome http://www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk/index.asp?VenueID=90
- Bristol Old Vic Theatre www.bristololdvic.org.uk
If you get tired of the city itself:
- Weston Super Mare, a seaside town with a pier, is a 30-minute train journey from Bristol
- Bath, a Roman and beautiful spa city, is only a 10 minute train journey away
Do you have any further ideas on where to dine and what to see and what to do around Bristol? Please add your tips to this post in the comments box.