Bristol

TRAVEL DIARY:BRISTOL

Arrived in Bristol at night from the Cotswolds. Our first stop was dinner at the famous Pieminister. Nestled within Bristol’s city centre, Pieminister has been a beloved family venture since 2003. There were so many choices and so tasty

Through the darkness of the night, we could still see the colour and vibrancy of Bristol.

We left our hotel after we checked out, with the anticipation of discovering Bristol’s famed wall murals, the very essence of our visit.

Stopped to take a photo of this gigantic mural in front of the local ALDI supermarket.

We began our exploration along North Street in Bristol and adjacent streets, where a captivating variety of murals awaited us, ranging from grand, expansive artworks…

… to tiny ones that we might have missed if we didn’t look hard enough…

From one end to the other, it was such a delight to see all the murals along the way.

There were also cute public art just sprouting out from everywhere.

We then drove off in search of Banksy’s original artwork, including this piece, which I’ve previously featured. Dating back to 2014, it’s a parody of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” titled “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum,” located within a gated property in Bristol Harbourside.

From the harbourside, we drove to Park Street, aiming to capture Banksy’s “Well Hung Lover,” depicting a naked man hanging from a window on Frogmore Street. It’s rumored that the best views are from the bridge at the bottom of Park Street, so I tasked Jack with capturing the shot.

Next destination was the Bristol Marina. We walked to see the colourful boats nestled against the backdrop of vibrant traditional houses. We even had the presence of a friendly swan which left us quite enchanted.

Then we reached the Hand of a River God on Baltic Wharf, a bronze sculpture by Vincent Woropay.

Taking a moment to relax, we settled onto a wooden bench by the serene marina. With the tranquility of the surroundings and the lack of crowds, it was a truly peaceful and rejuvenating break.

A great day for a road trip seeing a dynamic city with vibrant arts and culture.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. It looks like there are lots of beautitul things to see in Bristol.

    1. Teresa says:

      There really is! I love it 👍

  2. Toonsarah says:

    It’s very many years since I was in Bristol and the street art has clearly transformed it!

    1. Teresa says:

      Definitely. Thanks Sarah.

  3. Brad says:

    What a fun tour and post. Bristol looks like a lovely town to explore and enjoy. I love all the murals.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Brad. It was fun exploring.

  4. margaret21 says:

    We haven’t been to Bristol in a while. You’re quite clearly saying ‘Go again!’

    1. Teresa says:

      Yup… I am inviting you to Go again 👍

  5. Natalie says:

    Teresa, What a fun city with so much colourful art to explore. I particularly like the row of houses with murals. Thank you for your PPAC contribution.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Natalie, that row of houses really look amazing👍

  6. Marie says:

    It looks great! We’ve flown into Bristol a few times – can get very cheap flights from Dublin on occasion – but have never actually visited the city …. I love murals – and I love British pies even more!!!

    1. Teresa says:

      Haha yes British pies are great.

  7. restlessjo says:

    It’s such a lively city, isn’t it? I was there for a surprise 80th birthday party a few years ago and I loved it. I remember walking past Pieminster, and a trip on the river but many of those arts have been added since. My friend is back in the north east now and I doubt I’ll have another chance, so thanks for taking me there, Teresa.

    1. Teresa says:

      Awww never mind, you have been travelling so much more places anyway. Thanks for the comment, Jo.

  8. Michelle says:

    Oh wow! I am loving all of these murals. The row of houses, each with its own mural is incredible. And I got a nice giggle from Banksy’s “Well Hung Lover.”

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks so much Michelle. So much to discover in Bristol.

  9. We havene’t been to Bristol for years. IT’s changed

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Regards, Teres

  10. Rowena says:

    Bristol looks lovely and I love all the street art. So create and colourful.
    Best wishes,
    Rowena

    1. Teresa says:

      It’s good that you liked Bristol, Rowena. It has been a pleasure to share.

  11. eklastic says:

    So colourful!

    1. Teresa says:

      It is definitely a lively place.

  12. scooj says:

    Perfect. You covered a lot of ground, and picked out some fantastic street art. It is great to see Bristol through another’s eyes. Thank you for posting.

    1. Teresa says:

      My pleasure. I have been inspired by your posts.

      1. scooj says:

        Wow, thank you.

  13. Karen says:

    It looks like the perfect fall weather for walking, seeing the sites & taking pictures.

    1. Teresa says:

      The rain stopped just in time 👍

  14. XingfuMama says:

    You have a knack for finding the coolest places. That bench looks like a great place to rest after visiting all that great art work.

    1. Teresa says:

      Thanks Mama. Bristol is definitely a cool place to explore.

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