Bristol’s full of secrets. Some are word-of-mouth, in-the-know kind of places. Others are secrets hidden from sight.
One thing’s for sure, though – they’re all worth a visit.
So whether you’re a born-n-bred Bristolian looking for weekend inspiration, or a newcomer looking for places off the beaten track, get up off the sofa and get exploring with our list as your guide. Crowds are so 2015, anyway.
Boiling Wells campsite
St Werburghs itself feels like a bit of a secret, what with its village vibe and local farm. But it doesn’t stop there – wander over to the Boiling Wells allotments and you’ll stumble across a little campsite, Ennywevvers. It has space for ten tents, plus three glamping units and a big communal kitchen. Eco is the buzzword here, and everything is run as sustainably as possible, right down to the solar-powered showers.
Through the railway tunnel, 5 Boiling Wells Lane. Bristol. Somerset. BS2 9XY. More info
It’s under the Church of St John the Baptist. You’ve probably walked past it on Nelson Street a bajillion times – it’s just through that little door to the left of the arches. The crypt itself is a stone vaulted room with a few sarcophagi dotted around. It’s not as creepy as it sounds, but it can get a wee bit chilly in the evenings.
Through the little door, Broad St, Bristol BS1 2EZ. More info
Rooftop Airstream caravans
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Bored of hotels and not quite up for camping? Then why not sleep in a caravan on a roof? Brooks Guesthouse is an upmarket B&B right in the middle of St Nick’s Market. What makes it unique is its four refurbished Airstream caravans on the roof. Prices start from £80 a night.
The roof of Brook’s Guesthouse, 1 Upper Bristol Rd, Bath BA1 2NA. More info
This one’s a little off the beaten track. Head Brislington-ways and hop aboard the Beese’s Boat to be taken to this pretty waterside pub. There’s gorgeous beer garden, plus bar snacks and food so you can easily settle down with a pint spend the whole day there basking in the sunshine.
Across the river, Wyndham Crescent, Bristol BS4 4SX. More info
Secret cinema in 20th Century Flicks
Why go to the multiplex when you and ten other friends can hire out an entire cinema?! Sure, the screen isn’t as big, but it is decorated like the red room from Twin Peaks, which is pretty cool. Plus you can drink. And talk. You’ll find it behind a red curtain at the back of 20th Century Flicks.
Behind the red curtain, 20th Century Flicks, 19 Bristol, 18 Christmas Steps, City of Bristol BS1 5BS. More info
Secret supper clubs
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Looking for something a little more exclusive? Then turn your attention to one of Bristol’s secret supper clubs. There are a few around, so do a little research and take your pick. Most are invite-affairs, hosted at a member’s home. You don’t get more secret than that!
So you’ve found the little castle in the middle of Blaise woods. Well there’s an even-more-secret place just around the corner – Blaise Hamlet. This picture-perfect collection of character cottages is found just off of Hallen Road. People actually live there, so be careful when snapping pics of the village.
Through a hedge, Hallen Road, Bristol BS10 7QY. More info
Hidden away in one of Clifton’s avenues is a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, spa and restaurant. It’s quite a swanky affair, with prices to match – but it’s a real treat and wholly recommended. Your best bet is to buy a package deal, so use of the pool, spa treatment, bubbly and food all thrown in.
Oakfield Pl, Bristol BS8 2BJ. More info
There’s a network of caves under this fair city, and you can pop down there for a visit. There are often events held down there too – from atmospheric horror film screenings to parties and super-spooky theatrical productions. Wrap up warm and watch your step.
Under Redcliffe, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1. More info
The Black Swan
They serve Red Stripe by the can. The M32 thunders over the garden and they’ve usually a bonfire going. It’s a dive, and that’s why we love it. Why is it a secret? Well you’d never spot the club walking down Stapleton Road. The entrance is through a garage door to the side of the pub. TIP: don’t wear white shoes. You can thank us when you’ve recovered from the Natch hangover.
Behind The Black Swan pub, 438 Stapleton Rd, Bristol BS5 6NR. More info
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