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Less than two hours from London by train, Bristol lures visitors with street art pedigree, theatres and museums, and ’20sinspired speakeasies. “So much of Bristol is synonymous with art. You can’t turn a corner without coming face-to-face with the home-town works of street artist Banksy,” says Tricia Warwick, Visit Britain spokeswoman.
Engineering aficionados will also love exploring the new Being Brunel museum, which opened earlier this year, championing Industrial Revolution great Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
“Aside from giving Britain the docklands, the SS Great Britain and Great Western Railway, Brunel gifted Bristol with the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge which boasts some of the best views in Britain,” Tricia says.
For night owls, Bristol’s cultural scene brims “with options like the UK’s oldest continually working theatre, Bristol Old Vic, and worldclass music venue St George’s Bristol.” After the show, hunt down one of the best speakeasies, Hyde & Co. “Look for the small black fedora signpost,” Tricia says.
We found three Bristol hotels for all budgets. CELESTE MITCHELL
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