Bristol is an up and coming city. Rewind 20 years and it gave the impression of a once successful industrial town that had fallen foul of modern times; dark and derelict, high unemployment and not much going for it bar the powerboat racing along the docks. Fast forward to today, and with significant investment in the Harbourside area, existing and new businesses and a diverse and growing population its thriving, vibrant and 'the place to be'.Some Bristol Facts
Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England, the 8th largest in the country and it's population has been growing since 2002. According to the Bristol.gov.uk website the population of Bristol Local Authority in mid-2015 was estimated at 449,300.Transportation
As you would expect (hope) with a city of this size it's transportation links are good if you're travelling there on business. It has an International airport which is aptly named 'Bristol International Airport' and several train stations central to the city, the two largest being Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway. Travelling to the city from the airport will require a short taxi ride of approximately 15-20 minutes or there are regular buses as another option.Accomodation
Interestingly, there are no five star hotels in Bristol but that doesn't mean they're short on class. The Hotel Du Vin is ideally located near the city centre, just a 4 minute walk to Colston Hall or 5 minutes to St Nicholas Market.
Another good option for business is the Bristol Marriott Hotel. This is right in the city and has a variety of rooms available for meetings, conferences or events.Things to do
Finished work for the day and got some spare time? You won't be disappointed as there are countless options. Take a walk to the Harbourside. Once a busy dock, it's now an area buzzing with waterside bars, restaurants and shops all centred around Millennium Square. If you stroll just out the area you will find yourself in the backstreets. Bookshops, small galleries and coffee shops, you can browse until your hearts content or just watch the world go by - maybe with another Sociocean member if you look for the logo.
If you're looking for some culture and into your music then the Colston Hall may be an option for you, or maybe the Royal Opera House. Check out their websites to see what's on during your time there.
A trip to the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a must if you're looking to hit the tourist spots. It's (unsuprisingly) in Clifton so you'd have to get a taxi or book a tour to see it and Clifton village offers another opportunity for exploring with it''s own shops, restaurants and bars.
If you've got any spare time in the day (is this not a business trip?) there are plenty of other things to see and do, the top attractions being the SS Great Britain, the Charles Dickens museum or if you're bringing the kids with you maybe take a look at at-Bristol, an interactive Science centre . We'd recommend you check your diaries at the time of your trip, the number of events available to you changes on a regular basis.
Places to Eat
We checked out a couple of places on our visit and would recommend The El Puerto restaurant, just a stones throw from the Harbourside in Princes Street - take a look at that Paella!And don't forget...
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