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.



Bristol Upfest

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.







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.

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