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5 fantastic Bristol micro-breaks to try

PUBLISHED: 13:32 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:32 03 August 2017

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In search of an adventure, but short on time? Let us introduce some Bristol micro-breaks - downsized versions of the mini-break!

For families

Families are spoilt for choice in Bristol. The city is packed with child-entertaining activities, award-winning attractions, exciting events and a wide range of kid-friendly restaurants.

Morning: At-Bristol Science Centre’s interactive exhibits make for a thrilling educational visit.

Lunch: Za Za Bazaar has a street-food-style buffet that sizzles with a night market vibe and cuisine from around the globe.

Afternoon: Bristol Zoo Gardens - look out for animatronic dinosaurs this summer.

Dinner: Handmade pizza and family-friendly dining at The Stable.

Stay: The Doubletree by Hilton Bristol City Centre is conveniently close to many family attractions.

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For couples

Bristol is bursting with ways to woo your beloved on a romantic break. Luxury accommodation, relaxing spa days, dreamy views, exceptional restaurants and cosy candlelit bars.

Morning: Bristol Balloons and Bailey Balloons offer hot air balloon rides over the city.

Lunch: The classy Ivy Clifton Brasserie is sister restaurant to the famed Covent Garden eatery.

Afternoon: Explore the city on a bike for two with Bristol Tandem Hire.

Dinner: After a busy day, a revitalising visit to The Lido Bristol is the perfect antidote.

Stay: Go glamping in the city and stay in a rooftop ‘rocket’ at Brooks Guesthouse.

For culture buffs

From street art to fine art, ancient theatres to contemporary circus spaces, Bristol has everything for the discerning culture vulture.

Morning: Marvel at one of Brunel’s masterpieces, the SS Great Britain.

Lunch: The White Lion Bar at the Avon Gorge Hotel has a terrace overlooking the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Afternoon: Arnolfini is one of Europe’s leading centres for contemporary arts.

Dinner: The Ox does a great early-bird deal for theatre goers.

Evening: Bristol Old Vic is the UK’s oldest continuously-running theatre.

Stay: Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel is located in the heart of the theatre district.

For girly weekenders

Gather your girl squad and head for Bristol for the ultimate girly break. Indulge at a swanky spa hotel, treat yourselves to afternoon tea, update your wardrobe and catch up over classy cocktails. Morning: Visit Clifton Village’s eclectic mic of shops

Lunch: Book a personalised stylist session at Harvey Nichols before refuelling in their restaurant.

Afternoon: Cox & Baloney can host a traditional vintage afternoon tea party wth its own unique twist.

Dinner: Head for the roof terrace at laid back Bambalan in Colston Tower.

Stay: Swim in the old Lloyd’s Bank vaults at Bristol Harbour Hotel’s new subterranean spa.

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For urban hipsters

Bristol’s bohemian, unorthodox soul means it has long been home to many a hipster haunt. Fill your day with Banksy murals, über trendy craft beer bars and fascinating street food.

Morning: Learn about Bristol’s booming street art scene with a Where the Wall tour.

Lunch: You’ll find organic, locally-sourced food, live music and community vibes at The Canteen.

Afternoon: All sorts of delicious street food can be found at St Nicholas Market.

Dinner: Pizza and craft beer with retro decor at Beerd.

Stay: The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel has just had an extensive makeover, drawing inspiration from Bristol’s street art scene.

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