Bristol is one of the most popular destinations in the United Kingdom and it's easy to understand why. This vibrant city has much to see and do from the Bristol Balloon Fiesta where 100 hot air balloons are launched into the sky at one time to the delicate architecture in the ancient St Mary Redcliffe Church. Take a stroll through the lush parklands of Brandon Hill and climb the spiral staircase within the Cabot Tower to catch a breathtaking view of Bristol. Visit the Watershed, a hub for the art-house film the Arnolfini on the water's edge at Narrow Quay to see an alternative film. For something a little more mainstream head to the Odeon Cinema for all the latest releases or if you prefer live theatre, check out a popular West End show at the Bristol Hippodrome.
Shopaholics will love the Cabots Circus shopping centre that is home to over 100 local designers and international brands. This new precinct is located in the city's central shopping district. Park Street, Queens Road and The Triangle are shopping hot spots that have a range of bookshops, restaurants, record stores and takeaway cafes. A region with a thriving nightlife is Gloucester and Cheltenham Road in the North where the restaurants, bars and pubs come alive after dark. A massive range of fresh local produce can be found at the Corn Street Markets including cheese, fish, honey, cakes, meat, poultry and more. A relaxing afternoon can be spent half an hour east of Bristol in Bath; the only place in Britain where you can bathe in hot natural waters and look over the cities Roman architecture.
Whilst on your travels, make your way into London to see the world-famous attractions including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Big Ben and the London Eye. You may even catch a glimpse of the Queen if you're lucky. Oxford is a historical city only a short drive from Bristol. Visitors come from far and wide to see Blackwell's Books, the largest bookstore in Europe as well as the famous university's in Oxford.
Take a relaxing day trip to Portsmouth which is only a two-hour drive from Bristol. Pack a picnic basket in your hire car and head to Southsea seafront for an enjoyable day of snacks and swimming. If travelling with children head to Clarence Pier, a small fairground with many rides and amusement arcades. Join a boat tour around the historic harbour and guided walking tours along the Renaissance Trail along the Portsmouth Millennium Promenade. Here you will find famous landmarks and attractions as well as intricate panels that depict the historical events taken place in Portsmouth. The D-Day Museum also has informative exhibits about the three-day assault in June of 1944 that helped to secure the Allied victory in World War II.
Birmingham is a prospering city north of Bristol with activities for the whole family to enjoy. Take a day trip to this buzzing city and check out some of its iconic destinations such as Cadbury World and The Bullring Markets for electrical goods to fresh seafood and everything in between.
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Auto Europe's car hire suppliers in Bristol include Europcar, Avis, Hertz, InterRent and Enterprise.
Supplier depots are located at Bristol Airport, Bristol Temple Meads station and various locations in the city centre for your convenience.
Parking in Bristol's consists mainly of public and private car parks with limited street parking. Some car parks are in operation 24/7 and vary in price depending on their proximity to the city centre. Public car parks that are about a 20 min walk from the city are usually free and range from £2 - £3 per hour. Private car parks have flat rates between £7 and £20 for 24-hour stays.