Bristol has jumped right to the top of my ‘Cities I Want To Live In’ list.The best way I can think to describe it is a mixture between Nottingham and Berlin, still quite small with cute English parts like the multicoloured houses of Clifton, but also quite independent and contemporary as show by the vivid street art scene in Stokes Croft. It has that mixture of history and nowness that tells you exactly how the city got to where it is, but also that things are still constantly changing and happening, and it is by no means dying down. Our trip perfectly captured this mix, not only did we visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain in the historic dockyard, we also went on a walking street art tour of Stokes Croft. The latter has a whole post dedicated to it as there was just so much to see!
We also did the typical tourist thing and went on a open-top bus tour, which despite leaving us unable to feel our faces, showed us some beautiful views from Clifton Downs (you can see right to Wales!). Other little details like the abundance of quirky cafes and even a bookshop where all the books are £2 (and I’m talking decent books) even more so make Bristol somewhere I would, and hopefully will, happily return to.