Discover a weekend in Bristol, the UK’s most wonderfully idiosyncratic city.

Just over two hours west of London, Bristol marches proudly to its own beat. Set on the River Avon in the rugged West Country, the city’s splendid isolation has fostered an independent spirit and streak of subversion where an economy that once prospered through maritime trade is now propelled by its creative industries.

 

It’s a spirited city that nurtures innovation, expressed through its cutting-edge music, arts, festival and food scenes. Here’s how to experience one of the U.K.’s coolest cities.