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A local’s guide to Bristol

Local resident Alison Cryan tells us her favourite places in the creative hub of Bristol.


I love Bristol. It’s full of people that love being here and that feeling is infectious. As a result, the city has a really strong identity and community spirit, shown through its arts and food scenes.

If you’re interested in modern art, head to the beautiful Arnolfini gallery, while at the At-Bristol Science Centre, art meets science in an exhibition called The Box. Theatre fans should try Tobacco Factory, which puts on wonderful contemporary theatre.

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Bristol has great food. Sticks & Broth hands down makes some of the tastiest Asian food in Bristol – you have to try their Bang Bang Chicken – and for a great roast, pay a visit to The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer. Under the Stars Bar is my go-to place for visitors. It’s a café bar on a boat, moored in the harbour.

When it’s time for a drink, King Street is a good spot. All the pubs there are ace, my favourite being Small Bar. Go to The Pipe & Slippers on the other side of town to boogie down to great DJs, or to The Canteen for live music.

Did you know?

Bristol is street artist Banksy's home town, and the city shows it in the form of colourful murals covering its buildings. See more at free street art festival UpFest (29-31 July).