Bristol: The City of Banksy and Brunel

Banksy, Brunel, Blackbeard, Bristol. You won’t find many places like Bristol, towns that are as excited about the future as they are respectful of the past, places with a keen understanding of what made them and what will continue to help them evolve and we hurtle through the 21st century. Bristol is a city with a rich artistic and inventive history, but there is more to this place than elegant engineering and artistic accomplishment.

One of England’s most impressive culinary scenes, for a start. Bristol is home to more creative restaurants than you’ll have time to eat at, more charming cafes than you’ll find time to chat at and more character-filled pubs than you’ll have time to drink in, although this is definitely the sort of place where trying is just as much fun. The city centre is one of the great taste-friendly districts of the United Kingdom - those with appetites are in for a treat.

But yeah, about the art and the invention. Bristol is the city of Banksy and Brunel, a town that encourages a rebellious streak in its artists and provides a home for engineers to flourish. The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding in this case is all around you. Check out the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain, The Matthew and the mass of street art, if you aren’t already convinced.

There is a reason this place is routinely voted the best place to live in the UK. Bristol is an expansive place that has well and truly gotten over its introversion, a city that welcomes visitors with open arms and excited grins. It is one of the most culturally diverse towns in England too, further cap-doffing in the direction of one of the UK’s most fascinating histories. We’ll see you at Small Bar.
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