Day Trip In Bristol

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Day Trip To Bristol.

Imagine walking 10-15 miles, then sleeping on a bench in an airport, for all of 2 hours. Now imagine deciding to go on a day trip to Bristol the day after that. For some insane reason James and I (okay it was just me) decided that this was a smart idea.


Bristol Airport to City Center

We flew back to Bristol International Airport from Dublin at about 8 am, and got on the bus back to the train station. However, instead of getting off at the train station we got off one stop earlier in the heart of the city. James was already missing a class that Monday due to our flight, and I didn’t have any classes on Monday so we decided to sight see.


Exploring Bristol

St. Mary Redcliffe Church

Immediately across the bus stop, was the St. Mary Redcliffe Church, a must see according to Pinterest. We also really needed to use the bathroom. The Church is free to enter for visitors and is quite beautiful. I have always admired the ornate beauty of the Churches and Cathedrals we have come across in the U.K.

A Day in Bristol St. Mary Redcliffe Church

A Day in Bristol St. Mary Redcliffe Church


Clifton Suspension Bridge

One of the things we were told is a must for visitors to Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s at the top of a massive hill, just outside the city center. We decided to hike up there early in the morning to make it easier on us. as it was still early, and supposed to be a bit of a hike, we would do that first thing while the sun wasn’t as strong and then see the rest of our sites later on.

James and I were literally stripping off layers as we ascended the hill towards the bridge, and stopped a handful of times to catch our breaths. I may, or may not have looked for a walking stick to finish the trek. However, it was 100% worth the climb. Finally we got to the top and as we approached the bridge I could see why so many people told us to do the hike. The bridge connected the town over a massive gorge below us and the view was stunning.

Fun fact, my snap chat filter said we were 275 ft in the air.

A Day in Bristol Clifton Suspension Bridge

A Day in Bristol View from Clifton Bridge

Clifton Camp

While on the bridge we saw there was another view point higher up and we decided to hike up to it. Another awful hill later and we were at the Clifton Camp, which was very scenic. We could see over the bridge as Bristol from afar.  While the hike to the top was trying, it was a very lovely afternoon. James and I decided to have lunch up on the hill overlooking the bridge – best date ever. The walk down the hill and back to Bristol was far easier than the walk up. Though there were many instances where I felt like I would just roll down the hill because it was so steep and my legs already felt like jello, but we made it out in one piece.

A Day in Bristol Clifton Camp

Brandon Hill Park & Cabot Tower

On our way back down we stopped at Brandon Hill Park. Cabot Tower, a real life Rapunzel’s Tower is located in the park. I could literally envision a prince standing where I was, yelling “Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair.” In our infinite wisdom, we decided another trek was what we needed and we climbed all 108 steps of the Cabot Tower. It was a bit dizzying going up and around on narrow steps but well worth the view of Bristol.

A Day in Bristol Cabot Tower

A Day in Bristol view from cabot tower


Bristol City Center

After our climb down the tower, we decided to walk down to the city and check out the harbor that we spotted from the tower. The Floating Harbor was truthfully just like any other. Exploring some more we  came across the Bristol Cathedral and City Hall. After roaming around for twenty minutes we made our way back to the train station to catch our train home.

A Day in Bristol Harbor

A Day in Bristol City

A Day in Bristol Harbor

A Day in Bristol Bristol Church




Total Cost: £53.10

Cost Breakdown

  • Return train ticket from Exeter St. David’s to Bristol : £53.10


*Keep in mind our main destination was to Bristol airport because we went to Dublin, so this cost was allotted to two trips! We took the connecting bus back to the city instead of the rail station, and just walked to the rail station from the city*



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  1. December 11, 2016 / 4:41 AM

    Wow great post!! It’s definitely a useful guide and of course i pin it 🙂 Awesome photos thanks for sharing with us

  2. NowThatsAHoneymoon
    December 11, 2016 / 4:18 PM

    I had a friend go to Bristol last year and I believe they looked for Banksy’s artwork and they managed to find a few! Such an interesting town. Hopefully we get to visit one day!

  3. December 11, 2016 / 5:42 PM

    Wow loving the pictures. Very useful guide makes me wants to put it on my bucket list.

  4. kallsypage
    December 11, 2016 / 11:17 PM

    You caught my attention in the first sentence because I have also been that person that has gathered “great ideas” that ended up being disastrous (might be my type-b personality and lack of planning!). However, it seems like Bristol was still a great experience for you! I personally would like to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

  5. December 12, 2016 / 4:39 AM

    Pretty cool way to travel and explore Bristol the “old fashioned” way. Always a big fan of suspension bridges and walking on them as they sway a little in the wind. Thanks for all the tips and a great way to save money too.

  6. December 12, 2016 / 1:57 PM

    Great post, love how you explained your experience 🙂 . Actually I’ve never been in Bristol, I only visited London twice, Manchester and Liverpool…but from your shots I can see that Bristol worth it 🙂 so I’m gonna include it on my list next time I’ll visit UK 😀


  7. December 12, 2016 / 1:57 PM

    Interesting post. I’ve spent a lot of time in the UK, but never been to Bristol. From your pics, it looks like a beautiful place, so I’ll have to make sure I check it out next time I’m in that part of the country.

    • December 12, 2016 / 7:39 PM

      Yesss you definitely should check it out. I’ve heard the night life is quite nice as well!

  8. dorohenrietta
    December 12, 2016 / 2:35 PM

    Nice post! 🙂 I have only been to London in the UK, definitely would like to explore more in the future. Will put Bristol and the suspension bridge on my list 🙂

  9. rhiydwi
    December 12, 2016 / 7:28 PM

    I grew up (and still live!) just across the border from Bristol but have never gotten around to properly visiting. Although I did run a half-marathon there a few years ago and OH MY DAYS the hills!!!! I definitely feel your pain with having to walk the route you did the day after walking for miles!
    These photos are gorgeous! Really makes me think I should finally make time for a Bristol day trip.

    • December 12, 2016 / 7:38 PM

      Wow kudos to you running a marathon there! I would never even consider it omg. But yes definitely take a trip out and visit!

  10. Lisa (Simple Sojourner)
    December 13, 2016 / 9:33 AM

    Love this post and your pictures. Definitely want to visit this area. I would love to wander through the cathedrals. The bridge is too cool would have to do that. Thanks for the tips I will pin this for a future visit!

  11. December 18, 2016 / 12:17 PM

    You don’t hear much about Bristol but it looks like a beautiful & interesting city. St. Mary Redcliffe Church looks absolutely magnificent & the views from Cabot Tower are incredible. I plan to visit the UK next year, might not have so much time but I’ll definitely have to look more into Bristol now, thanks

  12. December 20, 2016 / 1:12 AM

    Wow! You took some seriously cool photos! *Adds Bristol to bucker list* you’re brave adventuring so hard after so little sleep though! I don’t think I could do that!

  13. January 15, 2017 / 1:52 PM

    Ahaha I found it so funny when you were talking about the hills, because I go to uni in Bristol and come from a hilly place, but when I first moved there everyone I knew complained about the hills! You should definitely check out the nightlife in Bristol- Thekla, a club in a boat, is great, and there are several hidden bars around.

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