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The Alternative Bristol Tourist Information




Sometimes you need a little different Bristol tourist information

New to Bristol or just swinging by for a visit? You might just need a bit of alternative Bristol tourist information. Everyone knows about the great things to do in Bristol, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Balloon Fiesta, St Pauls Carnival etc. But there’s so much more you can see here!

Before you begin, watch this amazing video of Bristol life to get you started:

So massages aren’t what they necessarily seem in Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft Massage Club

Via Flickr

Bristol seagulls are outrageously massive and kebab hungry. Hold your sandwich otherwise you will lose it!

There are tiny little pubs like the Swan with Two Necks where there’s actually Natch on tap

Natch Bristol

Oh yeah, Natch, it’s this cider drink, you really should try it… if you like Frosty Jacks.

Be very careful about having a stag do in Bristol. It might not end well

Clingfilm man bristol

There’s a place in Stokes Croft called ‘Turbo Island’. You’ll normally find something unusual going on there like this:

The brilliance of Turbo Island captured in one photoOr occasionally a free rave

Speaking of Stokes Croft, if you’re planning on moving to Bristol to build another Tesco, you might not want to do it here

stokes croft tesco sign

Via Flickr

You’re probably going to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge but make sure you go down the shiny rock slide

No night out in Bristol is complete without a visit to the Grecian, it’s actually the law.

The Grecian Bristol

Bristol also has a whole host of unusual but brilliant buskers, like this guy

But most famously Jeff the Big Issue seller. You’ll usually see him singing in Stokes Croft or at the top of Park Street

In between ‘me babber’ & ‘gert lush’ you may find it difficult to understand everyone. Just give Terry the Odd Job Man’s Bristolian language lessons a try

Alternatively you can even learn how to talk Bristolian at a game of Bristol bingo… featuring chicken wings!

No matter how tired you get walking around Bristol, do not sleep in a bath

Man in a bath in Stokes Croft

 If you have to call the police, just make sure it’s for a real issue

Bristol 999 call

Find out more ridiculous 999 calls to Bristol’s police

If you go to any gig in Bristol you will run into Big Jeff. FACT

You’ll also learn that Bristol’s got some pretty interesting news headlines…

funny bristol headline

Skins was filmed here, but more importantly this scene from Only Fools and Horses

Bristol has lots of unusual facts, like being the birth place of Ribena!

Ribena Invented in Bristol

Oh yeah, there’s a pub called Bag of Nails where you can pet cats!

Cats at Bag of Nails

Most of the buses are from First Bus. And they’ve got a very vocal ‘fan base’. In fact there’s 5 different Twitter accounts set up about how much people hate them!

There’s also a bus that runs on human poo

Bristol’s famously a cycling city, sometimes you’ll even see hundreds of naked cyclists

naked bike ride bristol

Find out more Bristol tourist information about the naked bike ride

You may end up in a lovely little place called ‘The Bearpit’

Bearpit Sign

Just watch out for it’s local wildlife

Bear Pit Table Sleep

There’s a mayor with red trousers. He get’s a bit of stick

If you end up in a Gloucester Road cafe you may run into the creatures called ‘Bishopston Mums’

There’s a very well off area called ‘Clifton’, but the Cliftonaires are a strange bunch. Occasionally using tanks to oppose parking changes

You may end up on a strange place called ‘The Triangle’, where students can be seen chundering over their tinder dates outside Mbargos. Venture a bit further and you’ll find the best named place to eat in Bristol

Jason Donervan

Via Flickr

Only 1 thing is certain in Bristol. Walk through Broadmead and you will find the Broadmead preacher

Broadmead Preacher

Like Doctor Who? Well you can even take a shite in a Tardis toilet in Bristol

If you see someone wandering around with a beard, large glasses and a craft beer in their hand they may be one of the common ‘Bristol Hipsters’

Bristol hipster

If you get lost, don’t worry! Bristol’s got some of the best named streets in the world

there and back again lane bristol

Via Flickr

Just remember, there’s also a strict door policy in operation in most Bristol clubs

 Hopefully this Bristol tourist information has you convinced and you’re now ready to move to Bristol. For those still wavering, just look at how darn sexy this city is





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The 20 Best Bristol Street Art Pieces Of 2017




Best Bristol Street Art

It’s been another great year for the local street art scene. Here’s a list of some of the best art from 2017, some of it is still there to view and some has been replaced; all part of the natural evolution of the art form. We were treated to another stellar Upfest festival which is the biggest in Europe and in my opinion the best. Anyway, here is the list. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@streetartbristol) for many more photos from this year and fresh work as we make our way into 2018. Happy new year!

1. Paul Monsters (@paulmonsters) & Copyright (@copyrightart)

2. 3dom (@3dom22)

3dom street art

3. Liz C Illustration (@lizc_illustration)

liz c

4. Irony (@whoamirony) & Boe (@placee_boe)


5. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)


6. Voyder (@voyder) & 3dom (@3dom22)

voyder street art

7. Woskerski (@woskerski)

Woskerski street art

8. Kristx (@kristx_)

Kristx (@kristx_)

9. Aspire (@aspireartwork) & D7606 (@d7606)


10. N4T4 (@n_4_t_4)


11. Dzia (@dzia)


12. Andrew Burns Colwill (@andrewburnscolwill

andrew burns street art

13. Lemak (@lemak_art)


14. Si2 (@hull_graffiti)

bin street art

15. Melike Painting (@melikepainting) & Nino Viegas (@nunovviegas)

melike painting

16. Bex Glover (@bexgloverart)

17. Unknown Artist

unknown street art

18. Cheo (@cheograff)


19. Louis Masai (@louismasai)

louis masai

20. Angus (@angusart85)




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Bristol’s Hidden Street Art Part 1



Hidden street in Bristol: Shop Shutters

I used to think I kept fully up to speed with the urban art scene in Bristol and knew the majority of locations to find anything of interest. Then one day I went for my usual wander around Bedminster and realised this wasn’t totally the case. This did happen to be 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning so more importantly what the hell was I doing up and out at that time?! This was during the week before Upfest 2017 so I wanted to make sure I had photos of all the pieces soon to be lost.

All along North Street was art I hadn’t seen before; on shop shutters! I probably had seen a couple of them on a previous weekend wander but there were maybe 6 or 7 completely new to me, some more classical graffiti and some more so ‘street art’ by brilliant artists. This started a quest to walk around my usual graff/art spots of the city on weekends or after closing times to see what other art was waiting for me. Here’s is some of what I found.

1. Andy Council (@andycouncil) – North Street, Bedminster

andy council

2.  Dan Leo (@danleodesign) – Stokes Croft

dan leo

3. Sled One (@sledone) & Smak (@smaktown) – Moon Street, Stokes Croft

moon street art

4.  Ok so this one isn’t a shop shutter but still deserves a shout. By 3dom (@3dom22) in Brislington/St Annes

3dom street art

5. Alex Lucas aka Lucas Antics (@lucas_antics) at Stokes Croft Vintage Market

lucas antics

Alex has done more recent shutters on North Street that I don’t have a photo of (yet!) but it’s white butterflies on black background, go find it and tag your Instagram photo with #streetartbristol ??

6. Mayflower Chinese Restaurant near bus station, artist unknown

mayflower chinese restaurant

7. Mr Impossible by Loch Ness (@lochnessart) on North Street

8. Jamaican Diner, North Street. Artist unknown

jamican diner street art

9. One of my favourites on North Street is this one by Copyright (@copyrightart)

copyright street art

10. Lokey (@lokey_bristol) at North Street Standard

north street standard street art

11. The Bollywood Beauty Lounge on North Street

bollywood beauty lounge street art

12. Tamrakar on North Street


13. SHAB (@s.h.a.b) at North Street Standard


14. A few doors away from Hamilton House in Stokes Croft

oj street art

15. Dons Car Wash painted by Sepr (@sepr) in St Pauls

dons car wash

16. Another from Stokes Croft

17. Pete’s Barbers, West Street, Bedminster

petes barber

18. Vandal by Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art) on St George’s Road

vandal street art

19. Another Mr Men & Little Miss themed shutter from Upfest 2016

mr man

20. Bird is the word, one on North Street…for a change ?

bird street art

That’s it for this article, part two of the list will be coming your way in the near future. If you enjoyed this please come and follow us on Instagram and tag your Bristol street art pics with our hashtag. Thanks for reading.

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Bristol Pub Quizzes



bristol pub quizzes

It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes


Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.



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