Seatfrog Insider – Bristol’s Hidden Gems

Like that effortlessly cool friend we all wish we could be, Bristol has rizz in spades. Creative, arty, packed with stunning architecture and beautiful river views – it ticks all the city break boxes and then some. And don’t get us started on the food scene. OK do, because it’s great. We’ve lined up some low-key favourite spots for you, and yes it still includes Bristolian native Banksy, because we have to. Get your creative juices flowing with a Seatfrog upgrade on your trip to Bristol – space to draw and dream.

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St Nick’s Night Market

The largest collection of independent retailers in the city, this covered market in the Corn Exchange is perfect for a wander. But the best bit happens in summer, when on Friday nights they set up a street food market with music, entertainment, and delicious dishes round every corner. Go hungry.

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Redcliffe Caves

There’s a whole labyrinth of caves and tunnels below Bristol, and no-one knows how far they go. They were dug to mine the sandstone for glass between the 14th and 18th centuries, and spread for at least an acre. They’re closed to visitors, but there are often screenings, art installations and tours, so keep an eye out.

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Chance & Counters

Aside from the absolute chef’s kiss of a pun name, this is a great spot to while away some time. It’s a board game café, with more than 700 games in their library, craft beers, milkshakes, comfort food and lovely coffees. You’ll find it on the spectacularly named Christmas Steps.


St Mary Redcliffe Pendulum

St Mary Redcliffe church is one of the loveliest buildings to visit in Bristol (apparently Queen Elizabeth I was a mega fan), but make sure you don’t miss the ‘chaotic pendulum’. Instead of gently ticking side to side, like a usual pendulum, this one – the only in the world – does what on earth it wants. We love a rebel.

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Banksy’s Well Hung Lover

Obviously, yes, you need to see at least one Banksy. This one, of a naked man hanging from a window, can best be seen from Park Street Bridge, above Frogmore Street. Painted in 2006, it was initially on the wall of a sexual health clinic – and was the very first piece of legal street art in the UK.

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