The city of Bristol is located in the south-west of England, close to Wales; in fact, the capital Cardiff is only 45 miles east of the city. With a population of around 400,000, Bristol is situated on the river Avon, and is a major centre for business, culture and employment in the south west region as well as being a home to the prestigious University of Bristol.
Bristol is, like many cities in England, ideally visited in the summer, though if you can brave the predictably drab English winters then there is still plenty to see and do. There are a number of ways to get in, whether by air through Bristol International, situated about 8 miles from the city centre, or by rail or road. There is much to see and do, including shopping, great theatres, Old Bristol and taking a boat trip along the Severn, which is just a taste of things to get up to.
There is, as you might expect from any relatively large city, a big range of places to stay. There is everything from youth hostels, to mid-range hotels like the Travel Inn or the Clifton Hotel, right up to top class hotels such as the Marriott Royal and The Brigstow.
One other thing that Bristol offers is adventure holidays. Although a large city in its own right, the West Country is in itself a bucolic area with lots of beautiful countryside. It is in this countryside that you can partake in some of the more active and energetic pastimes offered, as well as in Bristol itself.
There is almost every activity you could wish for in and around Bristol. There is mountain biking, orienteering, on foot and by bike, abseiling, climbing and also water borne activities such as canoeing and kayaking. One company even offers a special day programme, called the Bristol Urban Adventure Challenge. This takes place around Bristol, on either foot, bike or water, depending on what you choose, and takes in all sorts of challenges that test your initiative and teamwork. It is a unique way to have some adventure whilst you`re in Bristol.
Of course, one thing to consider when doing adventure activities is, especially in bad weather, what clothing you will wear. Makes such as Helly Hansen and Berghaus are very big names and popular, and Volcom clothing too offers stylish adventure wear, which can be found online in many places.
In all, if you are looking for that big city feel as well as wanting to throw in some adventure, then Bristol might just be the right choice for you.
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