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There’s so much to love in Bristol that it’s hard to contain it in a single article – the city is truly a culture-lover’s paradise. It has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the country, a cutting-edge selection of street art and more tall historical tales than one mouth could ever tell. But what are the things we truly love most about Bristol? Join us and find out.
 
Let’s start with a rundown of some of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Gloucester Road is one of North Bristol’s best, named by The Independent as ‘the last Great British High Street’. It’s bursting with independent shops with a friendly atmosphere that is in real danger of extinction elsewhere in the country. If you want a taste of the city’s artistic heritage you can’t go wrong with Nelson Street, the graffiti hub that was once home to the country’s largest street art project.
 
Stokes Croft is the city’s undisputed artist’s quarter, where local graffiti implores you to ‘question everything’. There you’ll find an amazing community of arty types and activities to suit every taste. It even has its own local campaign group, the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft, promoting tolerance and a sense of belonging to a group once ignored by local governments. Style and strength, what could be more impressive?
 
If you fancy a swim but the journey to the cold sea doesn’t sound that appealing, try Clifton’s stylish Lido. There you’ll find a beautiful outdoor pool surrounded by an award winning restaurant, tapas bar and spa – not your average neighbourhood pool. If that sounds a bit tiring, then go for a quick movie at the Watershed Cinema, one of the city’s best independent picturehouses.
 
After a long day of exploration, we’re sure you’ll want to let your hair down. There’s nightlife to suit all ages and types in Bristol. On the traditional end there’s student-favourite pub The Highbury Vaults, which was once the spot for local prisoners to have their last meals! None of that now, of course, but the Georgian building is still wonderfully atmospheric – and they serve a damn good pie. Admittedly that might be a bit old-fashioned for some, so get on down to Motion, the city’s best skate-park-turned nightclub. They regularly invite some of the country’s best DJs to play, with a lot of the talent drawn from Bristol’s buzzing local dance scene.
 
Does that all sound a bit intense? Tell us about it – too much culture can tire anyone out. Luckily, Bristol also has some beautiful green spaces where you can really unwind. Brandon Hill is a lovely spot for a walk close to the city centre, crested by the iconic Cabot Tower. If you’re happy to go a little further afield try Blaise Castle Estate, where you’ll find isolated paths and walkways, a castle and even a lovely hamlet of thatch-roofed houses.

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