Bristol is an important centre for music and culture. Situated at the heart of the UK’s idyllic south west region, it’s a beautiful city with an interesting and turbulent history: It was the birthplace and favoured hideout of legendary pirate Blackbeard, and in more recent times enigmatic graffiti artist Banksy (allegedly) grew up here. Today, the city is the heart of South West England and well worth a visit, by itself or as part of a trip to one of England’s prettiest regions.
Consistently rated as the happiest city in Britain, Bristol is full of cheerful quirks, from hot air balloons to ciders by the harbour. * Bristol is home to the Old Vic Theatre, Britain’s oldest continually working theatre. * One of Britain’s greenest cities, Bristol has won many awards for sustainability, cycle paths and other eco friendly projects.