Well known as a bohemian hub full of colourful murals, music venues, and plenty of creative bustle – not to mention some great views over the city itself, Montpelier is the beating heart of Bristol. Head to Picton Street for organic and vegetarian food, or down to the arty neighbourhood of Stokes Croft for some great, laid-back eateries and later on, buzzing clubs and gig venues.
Explore Bristol’s Harbourside and pay a visit to Arnolfini, a leading centre for the contemporary arts. Housed in a Grade II listed former tea warehouse, it features five exhibition spaces and a theatre/cinema auditorium, and showcases the visual arts, dance, film and music.
Bristol has developed a vibrant street art scene – it is, after all, the city where the world-renowned street artist Banksy hails from. WhereTheWall offer Bristol Street Art Tours every Saturday and Sunday at 11am. Lasting two hours, this informative guided walk tells the story of Bristol’s incredible creative culture and art scene from the 1980s to the present day.
The Bristol Old Vic is a modern, state-of-the-art performance space. As well as featuring established writers and stars, the theatre also runs its own development programme, which seeks out and showcases exciting and adventurous new work, and has a thriving youth company.
Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Pay a visit to browse its reasonably priced prints and support the up-and-coming artists of tomorrow.
Bristol’s Urban Paint Festival, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, is one of the city’s most important events. Come and see magnificent murals painted by the many artists who register to paint throughout the festival.