Bristol Harbourside, Bristol, Somerset

If you’re spending a day in Bristol when you’re on your large group holiday in Somerset, go down to the Harbourside because the vibe is high and it’s such an upbeat place to be. Once a busy commercial port with a floating harbour built to combat the high tides coming down from the upper reaches of the Bristol Channel, Bristol harbourside has had quite a facelift over time and is now a modern development that’s positively buzzing with life. There are museums, galleries, shops and bars, waterside restaurants, Sunday markets, and people busy in the water paddleboarding, sailing or rowing – always something going on.

See the big screen and the fountains in Millenium Square, have a pokey round the quirky independent shops at Wapping Wharf, take a boat trip along the water to see things from a completely different perspective. Go climb the rigging onboard SS Great Britain for the best views over the whole harbourside, gaze in wonder at the marine life at Bristol Aquarium.

There’s no shortage of decent places to eat round here – The Ostrich is good for pub classics, go to Gambas if you like tapas and for the tastiest sushi, Seven Lucky Gods.

All information correct at the time of writing

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