One of the best things about my job is that once a month I get to stay over in the beautiful city of Bristol! The first thing I notice when I reach the city – and one of my favourite things – is the gorgeous flower stand at the entrance to Temple Meads station. It always has such unique and original designs and bouquets, and you will have seen it featured heavily on my Instagram account!
The harbourside area in Bristol always looks stunning, but in the sunshine it feels almost like being on the French Riviera (I would imagine, I’ve never actually been..!) Boats and yachts are moored on the quiet water and there are countless shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Here is also where you’ll find Bristol Aquarium, Brunel’s SS Great Britain and the @Bristol Science Centre.
Bristol has a great mix of busy city life, waterside attractions and beautiful green spaces. College Green – next to the magnificent Bristol Cathedral – is one of my favourites. On my last visit, I also discovered St Peter’s Church and the Physic Garden, overlooking the harbourside in Castle Park.
I have a borderline unhealthy obsession with eating out (my tummy and bank account hate me) but one of the things I love the most about visiting new places is finding new and exciting places to eat and drink! During my last visit to Bristol I discovered the beautiful Glassboat restaurant – a converted canal boat on the river with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows for a meal with a view!
One of my favourite places in Bristol to sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by is Riverstation. On the outdoor terrace you are right on the water, and can watch rowers and tour boats drift by in the sunshine. You also have a smashing view of these adorable coloured townhouses, one of which I am determined to own in the future!!
An overnight stay would not be complete without a little spa and relaxation, so I tend to stay in the recently refurbished Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, which gives all of its guests access to the Spa Naturel next door. It’s not the fanciest spa in the world, but has everything you need to wind down – a sauna, steam room, pool and jacuzzi.
There are still loads of places I have yet to discover in Bristol, and I can’t wait for my next visit!