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Great value hostel accommodation in Bristol

Compare and choose from our collection of cheap hostels in Bristol. Options range from traditional Bristol hostels with dormitory rooms, to up-market hostels and guest houses, where you will have your own room, to university halls of residence, which are available in the holidays when the students have vacated their rooms.

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Bristol Visitor information

An Introduction to Bristol

Bristol is a city that is vibrant and full of history. Bristol also has a diverse cultural, artistic and scientific heritage. The graffiti artist Banksy was born in the city, his work displayed over much of it and some famous comedians also grew up in the area, such as Justin Lee Collins, Lee Evans and Russell Howard.

Things to do in Bristol

In 'Old Bristol', The Palladian Corn Exchange, built in 1743, boasts a clock on its frontage that ingeniously tells time both in GMT and the old Bristol time. Nearby is the Castle Park housing the ruins of the castle. Up into Clifton there is the suspension bridge and fairly upmarket housing to admire with Clifton Downs to appreciate Bristol from. The Theatre Royal is the oldest continually operating theatre in England and the building itself is a Grade 1 listed building The city has its own zoo where a large variety of creatures are housed both here and in the aquarium. Bristol also has a large number of live music venues after the music scene grew rapidly after the 1970's. Around Bristol there are many historic houses and galleries that are open to the public.

Getting to Bristol

By Air

Bristol has a large international airport, with operators flying into Bristol from 112 different countries. It is 8 miles away from the city and easily accessible via the A38 or through the train and bus services that run to the city centre.

By Car

Bristol has easy road access from London, less than two hours, as well as from the north and east of England, as it is situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways.

By Rail

Bristol Temple Meads railway station managed by First Great Western is the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services available from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham

By Coach and Bus

National Rail serves from all around the country to Bristol, under a two hour journey from London. Once in Bristol, the city has plenty of fast and convenient bus services available from many locations such as Bristol Temple Meads train station and the city centre, run by the operators First.

History of Bristol

Bristol, the second largest shipping port outside London, is built around the confluence of the rivers Avon and Frome and is home to Brunel's famous Clifton suspension bridge. The city was believed to be founded in 1000, producing its own currency just 20 years later, however archeologists have found remains 60,000 years old in the area, suggesting people settled there a long time before the town was built. 

Bristol also gained a Royal charter in 1155 and was then granted County status in 1373. 

In the present day it is a very culturally alive city with endless displays of the arts, theatre and music and is seen as the gateway to the West Country. It's Floating Harbour is deemed the jewel in Bristol's Crown but there are certain historical treats amongst the medieval elements of 'Old Bristol'.

Reviews For Bristol

Average Score


Based On 162 Reviews

Loved the room and service here. The suite was one of the best I'd stayed in, in a hotel in the U.K. Great decoration and had a projector tv in the main room, along with the more normal Netflix offering in the bedroom. Kept having to ask the staff for things because my phone was broken, but Nay and Suzy did everything to help me out. Will definitely stay here again when back in Bristol.

(Review Of Berkeley Suites)

Only issue was leaving the key. Instructions were wrong and alternative on a sign on a door was impossible. Would also be good to have more than one thin pillow.

(Review Of Goldney Hall, University of Bristol)

I can't rave about this hotel enough. The staff were welcoming, friendly and professional. The room I stayed in was superb, the bathroom was lovely and clean. But the real treat was the food and wine. It deserves the awards it has now and in the future. I'll be back!

(Review Of Berwick Lodge)

Room is excellent value for money, but for the third week in a row, Housekeeping does nothing to ensure kitchen bins are emptied or do anything about other residents leaving dirty dishes around for flies. A small price to pay for an otherwise excellently-priced facility

(Review Of Frenchay Student Village, Bristol)

Fantastic accommodation for my graduation. Very quiet and comfortable. Wish Hiatt Baker had been built when I was a fresher as the halls are absolutely lovely. Staff very friendly and whole process efficient. Meant I could have a stress free day. Many thanks

(Review Of Hiatt Baker Hall, University of Bristol)

We had the most wonderful experience at Berwick Lodge. We stayed in the hotel ( Lydia room ) which was spotless and very fresh, we found the whole experience was superbly managed by Simone and we are so grateful to the hotel and all the staff who couldn't do enough for us and our guests. Thank you so much .

(Review Of Berwick Lodge)

Thank you so much and for all your help making our wedding day so, so special, it really was a beautiful, perfect day and we couldn't have hoped for anything better. Thank you to you and your team for helping to make it such an incredible day!

(Review Of Berwick Lodge)

Stayed just for one night in the suite. Loved the kitchen unit. Sounds strange but wait till you see it. Very friendly staff. Great breakfast and within minutes walk of everything we wanted to see/do. We'll come back on our next Bristol visit.

(Review Of Berkeley Suites)

Recent return to Berwick Lodge after our wedding there 6 years ago. Beautiful hotel and the loveliest staff. We enjoyed a great night with Carol Singers before the best meal in the restaurant. Our room was lovely with a great view. We have a real soft spot for this hotel and will be returning for sure

(Review Of Berwick Lodge)
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