24 hours in Bristol this Valentine's Day

24 hours in Bristol this Valentine's Day

There is so much to see and do in Bristol, and you can fit in some culture, sightseeing and activities when spending 24 hours in Bristol.  Bristol is a very interesting City and appeals to different personalities from underground live music, to forests for outdoor lovers and colourful neighbourhoods that were once occupied by fishermen.  Add a great network of art galleries and museums and a fantastic array of food and you have one of the coolest travelling experiences in England.  

Treating your loved one for Valentine’s Day in Bristol will definitely be romantic.  It is hard not to be moved by the modernisation as well as the historic parts of the city, and there is so much to keep you entertained.

Arrive at Bristol Cabot Circus

It is hard not to be wowed by the sheer size and design of Cabot Circus.  It is a uniquely-designed, modern shopping centre.  Here you will find all of your high-street favourites.  What’s more, if you are staying overnight at Future Inn Bristol we offer free parking here.  You can continue your shopping experience into Quakers Friars where you find high-end designer shops and eateries. If your other half loves to shop, you may end up following them around carrying the bags – but it is Valentine’s Day after all!

Take in the Street Art

Whilst wandering around, it is hard not to notice some of the incredible street art that adorns the city, and Bristol is famous for it.  The legendary street artist Banksy first came into the public eye here, and it is believed to be his childhood home.  You can pick up a Bristol Street Art Map by Where the Wall and has detailed information on where to find the most famous pieces.  Not only is it a great opportunity to see some incredible artists, you can cosy up and take a selfie or two in front of the murals.   

The bear street art which can be viewed as you come into the city at Future Inn BristolThe Bear - this is at the gateway to the City, the turn in the road leads to Future Inn Bristol

Immerse yourself in History

Bristol Cathedral is a spectacular sight and a church has stood on the site for over 1000 years.  With free entry, you and your partner can explore what has been labelled one of the finest churches anywhere in the world.  With medieval stone work and 14th century stained glass it will certainly take your breath away. 

Or if you prefer, visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery which covers everything from natural history to Egyptology.  Walk hand in hand through the local exhibits which include work by local artists, information on fossil finds in Bristol and a gallery which showcases how the area has changed over the centuries.  Entry is free, with a suggested donation and special exhibits are priced separately.

Valentine’s Day meals for two in Bristol

Enjoy a romantic dinner with live entertainment; treat your significant other this Valentine’s Day with a set menu dinner for two.  The scene will certainly be set with warm lighting and comfy chairs within the elegant restaurant.  Chophouse Restaurant at Future Inn Bristol has gained an excellent reputation for serving grills and wholesome homemade cuisine, and it is the perfect setting for a romantic dinner.

From Thursday 14th February to Sunday 17th February 2019 a special Valentine’s Day Bristol restaurant table d'hôte menu will be running which includes 3 courses and a glass of wine or prosecco.  Diners on Valentine’s Day will also be entertained with a live pianist in the Jazz at Future Inn bar plus a rose as a gift for your partner.  All for £21.95 per person with seating times between 6.30pm-9.30pm. Pre-booking is a must on 0117 304 1020 or emailing chophouse@futureinns.co.uk

Jazz at Future Inn bar showing a piano and mood lighting, with a dish of steak and chips

See Bristol in a different light

Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade or set sail for voyages of discovery, Bristol Harbourside is a great way to finish off the evening.  Walk off the scrumptious dinner with a late-night stroll around the water’s edge and the fountains in Millennium Square.  You could pop into a few bars and sample the local delicacies or take in the local landmarks such as Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the worlds first great ocean liner, under the moonlight. 

Spend the night

Why not make a night of it with a Valentine’s Day hotel package in Bristol?  You can expect exceptional value from the 4* equivalent hotel all with en-suite bedrooms and modern and stylish amenities.  Snuggle down together in the big Canadian bed and put your feet up and relax in the complementary robe and slippers.  Plus, you get free parking at Cabot Circus and free Wi-Fi during your stay.  What’s more, we offer complimentary tea and coffee, plus bottled water in your room, as well as other fantastic perks which makes it feel like a home away from home.  The Future Inns team guarantee the best rate when you book direct.

Fill up with a full English buffet breakfast

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Start the day right by re-fuelling with a full English buffet breakfast in Chophouse Restaurant.  You can get breakfast included in your overnight room rate, or it is £12 per person if pre-ordered.  The selection is extensive with freshly brewed tea or coffee and juices, cereals, porridge, American style pancakes and traditional English breakfast items that include sausage, bacon, scrambled and fried eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, tomato and hash browns.  We even have a vegan hot breakfast!  Continental items include sweet and savoury pastries, cured meats and smoked salmon.  There is also a toast station where you can choose a variety of toppings from honey, marmalade, jam and even debate whether you love or hate marmite.

Hot buffet breakfast on display

Walk the Clifton Suspension Bridge

What a way to start the morning than with a walk, enjoying the fresh crisp air at the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  If you get there early enough you can watch the colourful sky at sunrise, admire the landscape and take in the views from one of the benches.  The Visitor Centre is open from 10am-5pm everyday and houses an exhibition about the history of the bridge and the people who worked on it, and best of all entry is free. 

One last attraction

Before leaving for your journey home, there will be time for one more visitor attraction.  There is such a vast choice, that you may need to come back again to explore the city.  Some of our favourites include We The Curious with over 300 interactive exhibits for all ages.  Create your own TV show or cover yourself from head to toe in a giant bubble.  If you love wildlife you can discover thousands of aquatic creatures, including tropical fish, sharks and seahorses in the Bristol Aquarium or head to one of the oldest zoos in the world – Bristol Zoo.  A range of animal talks that run daily throughout the year, including the lions, gorillas, sharks, meercats, crocodiles and penguins. You could also be a zoo keeper for the day, work with the gardening team or meet and greet some of the animals.  

Visit Bristol

Bristol truly is a magnificent city, with an exciting story to tell.  To help you get around, the team at Visit Bristol have created a free official visitor guide, with handy maps and information.  There are many Valentine’s Day offers in Bristol to explore.  We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol – a city that doesn’t buzz, it thumps! #VisitBristol

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