Clifton & River Avon, Bristol
LGBT guide to Bristol
Home to stylish hotels, famous street art, lively bars, and the largest free Pride in the UK, Bristol is a dream destination for LGBT travelers.
OUT AND ABOUT
Old Market has been declared Bristol's “Gay Village,” and most of the pubs and bars on West Street are gay-run or LGBT-gay friendly. Looking for a relaxed spot where you can enjoy traditional British fare and a local brew? Head to Old Market Tavern and snag a spot in outdoor garden. In the mood to mingle? Cruise over to Bristol Bear Bar—the only purpose-built bear bar in the UK—brimming with bears, cubs, and admirers.
Whether you’re looking for a four-star hotel, or a budget-friendly boat that sleeps 30, there are plenty of places to lay your head in Bristol. For prime waterfront location with an oh-so-sleek interior (and two different outdoor dining options), book a room at The Bristol. Traveling with a group? Consider renting a luxe serviced apartment, complete with a kitchenette, communal garden, and 24-hour room service.
For super-fresh seafood (it’s caught along the South Coast and delivered daily), look no further than Fishers Restaurant. Offering a selection of fish and shellfish from sustainable sources, plus vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options too), it’s sure to please even the pickiest palate. Celebrating a special occasion? Admire the sparkling lights of the city while feasting on sophisticated bistro classics at the floating restaurant and bar (seasickness suffers not to fear, it’s docked) at Glassboat.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
1-14 July - Bristol Pride Festival
Bristol Pride Festival is the largest free Pride in the UK — and it’s also one of the most lively (it’s even got the awards to prove it). This year, expect a fantastic host of activities designed to celebrate the LGBT+ community, including an amazing line-up of musical artists, family activities, food concessions, bars, and more.
Bristol is 1 hour and 45 minutes from London by train.