Hotels in Bristol

The vibrant city of Bristol, nestled along the River Avon in the heart of South West England, is full of character, history, and adventure awaiting your discovery. Be it the historical significance of the city during Britain's maritime heydays or its contemporary transformation into a hub for creative media, Bristol is an intriguing mosaic of past and present.

Whether you're a couple looking for a romantic city break, a family in search of educational attractions for the little ones, or a group of friends on a cultural trip, you'll find the ideal accommodation to complement your Bristol visit with Lycafly. From luxurious hotels overlooking the historic Bristol Harbour or affordable stays near the bustling city centre; there's something for every budget and taste.

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Bristol's origins date back to the 11th century, christened Brycgstow, translating to "the place at the bridge". Garnering a royal charter in 1155, Bristol began its ascent to importance as an English city. From the 13th to 18th century, it became one of England's top cities in tax receipts, trailing just behind London. The city was a major player in the exploratory voyages to the New World, setting the stage for maritime adventurist John Cabot's journey that culminated as the first European to land on mainland North America from a Bristol ship in 1497.

Despite being somewhat tainted by its involvement in the slave trade from the 1700s to the 1800s, Bristol has evolved significantly over the centuries. Presently, its economy has a firm foundation in creative media, electronics, and aerospace industries. Home to the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, the city's academic prestige is as impressive as its industrious reputation.

Bristol hosts a colourful tapestry of cultural experiences – from the artistic flair of the Royal West of England Academy to the adrenaline-rush of sporting events at Ashton Gate. And for its efforts in sustainable living, Bristol was crowned the European Green Capital in 2015, and was also named Britain's best city to live in, in 2014 and 2017.

When to visit Bristol

Positioned conveniently just an hour and forty minutes from London, Bristol is an enticing destination year-round, offering unique experiences according to the season. For the festival lovers, summer sets the stage with a medley of events happening in the city, along with comfortable temperatures for exploration.

However, don't be put off by the city's oceanic climate, for even with occasional summer rains and chilly winters, Bristol offers rewards in every season. Whether it's languid walks along the Avon in spring, summer festivities, autumnal beauty, or twinkling Christmas markets in winter, Bristol is an inviting spectacle all year round, waiting for you to pick the perfect time to visit.

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