Fly To Bristol, UK
Bristol is the fourth most popular city to visit in England, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. In fact, with its famous Georgian and Victorian architecture, thriving underground music and art scene, numerous major festivals, and proud maritime history, one might be tempted to ask how it didn’t rank even higher. Bristol is also the hometown of Banksy – the enigmatic British street artist with an international reputation.
Discover the myriad delights this city offers by using the online flight search tool, above. We’ll find you the cheapest flights to Bristol in the blink of an eye, leaving you with the trickier task of choosing what to see when you’re there.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Bristol do need a U.K. Visa to enter the United Kingdom. The Visa takes at least 10 days to process, so make sure you apply in time.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Bristol is the Honorary Consulate situated in Wiltshire. Elmsgate House, Steeple Ashton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 6HP. Phone: 0845 388 0467. Website URL: honconsul.za.com/south-west/.
See and do
There are countless attractions in Bristol, catering to every taste, and you’ll find plenty to entertain you, no matter how long your stay.
On the list of official tourist attractions that simply cannot be missed are At-Bristol, Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Blue Reef Aquarium, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Boat enthusiasts will also enjoy the SS Great Britain – the world’s first iron-hulled, screw propeller-driven, steam-powered passenger liner, preserved in a dry dock next to the floating harbour. If you have kids, you’ll want to add Jump’s enormous indoor play centre to the list, and the Pirate Walks offered in the historic harbour-side areas are fun for the whole family.
If you’re in Bristol during spring or summer, you’ll experience the best of festival season, including St Paul’s Carnival, The Bristol Balloon Fiesta, and Mayfest. The rest of the year still offers plenty of entertainment and cultural value in Bristol, with numerous music venues, live theatres, comedy clubs, and art-house cinemas. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for the works of famous street artist, Banksy, whose unique graffiti can be seen all over the city.
For shopaholics, Cabot Circus is a dream-come-true, although the various markets offer more in the way of Bristol souvenirs. Try St. Nicholas Market, Straits Parade, or Whiteladies Road’s fortnightly affair. Local music albums make great keepsakes, so keep an eye out for artists you enjoy.
Bristol’s public transport network consists mainly of bus and train, but there are ferries around the waterfront attractions as well. Buses are often unreliable, and times listed on the bus stops frequently don’t correspond to the actual schedule. It’s best to plan your route online before setting out, to avoid confusion and long delays.
Bristol Airport – BRS
Food and beverage: Starbucks, Caffé Ritazza, and Soho Coffee Co.
Currency Exchange: Moneycorp Travel Money is the official forex partner of Bristol Airport and has ATMs and outlets in both Landside and Airside Departures.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage claims should be handled at your individual airline’s lost & found desk. Enquire about items lost within the airport by calling +44 (0)1275 473573, or ask security personnel to direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: Holiday Inn is 4km from Bristol Airport and offers a 24 hour shuttle service between the airport and the hotel.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and National.