When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!

We asked Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol, for her insider scoop on Bristol.


Casamia – The family-run Casamia has been incredibly popular in its current home in Westbury-on-Trym, but early next year it moves to Bristol’s harbourside, which we’re all really excited about.

After Dark

Milk Thistle – The cocktail scene is really hot. One of the most popular spots is Milk Thistle, a speakeasy-style bar in an historic building in the old city.

Why I love it: “I love Bristol because it has all the buzz of a major city but with the warmth and friendliness of a small town.”


Bristol Old Vic – The UK’s oldest working theatre is celebrating its 250th anniversary next year and has an exciting program lined up.

Day Trip

Tyntesfield Estate – You could easily spend the whole day at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield Estate, only 11 kilometres from central Bristol, exploring the Victorian Gothic Revival house and roaming the beautiful gardens and parkland. 

Secret Tip

Gloucester Road – Hit the independent shops and cafe bars of Gloucester Road and North Street, two vibrant areas of the city that people might miss if they only stick to the harbourside and central areas. Walk across Clifton Suspension Bridge – the elevated city views are fantastic.