Day Trip to Bristol

A few weeks ago, the kids went camping so I decided this would be the perfect time to go away for the weekend as well. I had to be back in Aldershot on Saturday evening because of a birthday party so couldn’t go too far. After looking at my list of places that I wanted to visit in the UK, I decided to go to Bristol.

On Friday, as soon as my host mum got home from work, I started driving. My hostel was in Cheddar, which is about thirty minutes away from Bristol. I didn’t actually see much of that town except for a stunning sunset over the sea.

My day in Bristol

Saturday morning, after breakfast, I drove to the park and drive and took the bus into the city. First stop: the St Mary Redcliffe church. For some reason, I hardly found anything about this church on online itineraries. This stunning building dates back from the 13th century and was famously described by Queen Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.”

After spending a few hours in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, I walked up the famous Christmas Steps. No one really knows where the name of these historic four flights of steps dating back to the 1600s came from. It’s a small street with really old buildings and independent shops. None of them has anything to do with Christmas, though.

From the Christmas steps, it’s only a short walk to Brandon Hill and the Cabot Tower.

Brandon Hill is a lovely park with a lot of places to sit down and just enjoy the view over the city. This is where I sat down and had my lunch. Want an even better view? Climb up the 109 steep steps of the Cabot Tower.

After lunch, I slowly made my way back through the town to the train station, where I got on the bus back to the park and ride. There’s so much more to see in Bristol, and I was sad to leave after only a few hours. I will definitely be back to see all the coloured houses, the Georgian house and the Bristol Cathedral.

Have you ever been to Bristol? What was your favourite part of the city?


  1. Megan
    27 October 2018 / 1:34 pm

    what a lovely spot, i’d really like to visit here someday! thanks for inspiring xx

  2. 27 October 2018 / 5:21 am

    Your pictures are so pretty! I haven’t been to Bristol yet, but I have friends there, so
    I’d love to visit.

  3. Surekha Busa
    27 October 2018 / 2:07 am

    I have never been there but wow, this place is so awesome. I will definitely add this on my bucket list as I wanted to see those beautiful views and spots as well.

  4. 27 October 2018 / 1:08 am

    wow! i love the architecture. looks like a very nice place to visit. glad you brought us with you. thanks for sharing!

  5. 26 October 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Bristol has been on my list of places to visit for a while now. I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for giving us all these tips.

  6. presiii
    26 October 2018 / 10:20 am

    What a beautiful place! The architecture is really nice. Hope to get a chance to visit

  7. slpowell
    26 October 2018 / 4:35 am

    What gorgeous architecture! I have bucket list plans to visit the UK and now want to add Bristol to the list of places to visit!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      31 October 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Yes, definitely go there! It’s amazing 🙂

  8. 26 October 2018 / 4:30 am

    Holy wow! Bristol is gorgeous!!! The weather was totally on your side too! 🙂

  9. 26 October 2018 / 3:48 am

    What a gorgeous city! I’ve never been but that is breathtaking and I’d love to go.

  10. 25 October 2018 / 6:08 pm

    first of all; can you take me with me next time? haha it looks beautiful! I love how you include some story and facts about each thing, makes me wanna go even more!

    • maartjevansandwijk
      31 October 2018 / 7:55 pm

      I’ll let you know when I go on another trip 🤣

  11. 25 October 2018 / 5:14 pm

    This looks like such a lovely place to visit. I have never been to Bristol but I would love to go there. Glad you enjoyed your mini vacation!

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