Pubs & Inns Near Bristol Harbourside
Stop by one of our pubs near Bristol Harbourside, close to other popular attractions like Cabot Circus, We The Curious and Bristol Aquarium, serving refreshing, award-winning Butcombe real ales, local ciders, and delicious classic pub meals.
Bristol Harbourside’s Ostrich pub brings a whole new meaning to the word ‘watering hole’, with beautful waterside views, plenty of outdoor seating, first floor Top Deck bar and an impressive array of Butcombe beers with a dedicated rum menu – a nod to its nautical heritage. Take a break from your harbourside stroll to stop by and sample the food menu, chock-full of mouthwatering modern twists on classic pub dishes, and find out for yourself why The Ostrich was voted Best New Pub in the 2020 Publican Awards.
The Bowl Inn
If you’re exploring the bustling city of Bristol, take a break at The Bowl Inn, situated in the outskirts to the North of the city, in Almondsbury. There’s nothing quite like an award-winning pint of Butcombe beer, but if you’re in the mood for a local South West cider, fine wine, or your favourite tipple, then sit back and enjoy a drink at The Bowl Inn. Feeling peckish? Sample the light bites and pub snacks, or go all-out with a classic pub dish, perfectly paired with your pint – ideal after a long day exploring Bristol’s harbourside.
The Cottage Inn
The Cottage Inn is where all the locals flock in Bristol when the sun is shining. Boasting waterside views, a pleasant terrace, a cracking selection of award-winning Butcombe beers and local ciders behind the bar, it’s easy to see why. On colder days, you can retreat inside to curl up beside the crackling open fire, with your favourite Butcombe beer in hand. Why not indulge with a delicious, locally-sourced pub meal, while you’re there? The perfect pick-me-up after visiting Bristol’s harbourside.
The Rising Sun
Located in historic Backwell on the outskirts of Bristol and a short drive from Weston-super-Mare, The Rising Sun is a beautiful pub and inn, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. Behind the bar you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider, and a wide range of wine and cocktails. A haven for families, walkers, cyclists and locals alike, The Rising Sun offers a huge beer garden with children’s play area, and large carpark – the perfect place to stop after a day exploring Bristol’s harbourside.
The Whitmore Tap
Catch the latest game on the big screen, soak up the sun in the courtyard beer garden, or simply enjoy a pint with your mates at The Whitmore Tap gastropub in Clifton, the heart of Bristol.
Treat yourself to the comforting menu, full of pub classics, perfectly paired with award-winning Butcombe beers behind the bar, served by the friendliest staff in Bristol. Just a short stroll from Bristol’s harbourside, a visit to The Whitmore Tap is the perfect end to the perfect day.
BANKSY WALKING TOUR
Now one of the most famous artists in the world, Banksy was born in Bristol in 1974. His identity is a closely guarded secret, and although several researchers believe they know exactly who he is, Banksy himself has never confirmed this.
While Banksy’s work appears all over Bristol, much of it is within close proximity to the city centre, making it quite straightforward to view when visiting Bristol’s Harbourside.
There are 5 pieces from Banksy within walking distance of the Harbourside, one of which is in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and another in M Shed. The others are just a short stroll away and can be incorporated into a wider Harbourside stroll.
BRISTOL MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is the largest in the region and has 20 galleries that display a range of weird and wonderful objects!
Perfect for families, the ground floor includes a space for under 5s called Curiosity, which offers an interactive insight to the museum.
Elsewhere, visitors can become acquainted with Egyptian Mummies, learn about the dinosaurs that once resided in Bristol or discover various art from around the world.
Devoted to telling the story of Bristol from the past until the present day, M Shed offer visitors the chance to learn about Bristol through the ages, explore thousands of Bristol-specific items which have been collected over the past 150 years and see some of the machinery that was of utmost importance to Bristol’s industry.
The Bristol Places gallery tells the story of Bristol, with a particular focus on local discoveries, Bristol during WWII and the various vehicles that have been designed and built in the city. Many of the cranes, trains and boats are too large to be stored inside, so are visible even when M Shed is closed. However, as they rely heavily on qualified volunteers to manage them, they are usually operational at weekends only.
Visitors can also head over to L Shed (which adjoins M Shed) to discover many items which depict how important Bristol was to the maritime industry for many centuries.
WE THE CURIOUS
Located on the edge of Millennium Square, We The Curious is a state-of-the-art science centre in the heart of Bristol’s Harbourside. Situated over 2 floors, there’s plenty for all ages to explore!
Influenced by local Bristolians, Project What If is the main attraction on Level 0. The Open City Lab, Theatre Of Curiosity and Box art gallery are all part of Project What If, while elsewhere on Level 0 you can learn about how science is incorporated into food at the Hands-On Kitchen and The Greenhouse.
Upstairs on Level 1 you’ll find The Studio, The Den and the only 3D Planetarium in the whole of the United Kingdom! Located in what looks like an enormous silver bauble, the 3D Planetarium offers visitors the chance to identify the famous constellations, understand what the future of planet Earth looks like and absorb the facts and figures quoted by the knowledgeable planetarium presenters.
Championing independent film and events since 1982, Bristol’s iconic Watershed celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022.
The Watershed has evolved over the years and now offers 3 cinemas, conference/networking spaces and a cafe that serves organic food from local suppliers.
In addition to being one of the UK’s top indie cinemas, Watershed also hosts live music and festivals and offers the chance to hire your very own cinema screen for up to 100 people!
The Arnolfini began life as a bookshop on Clifton Triangle in 1961. Its popularity soared, so it was relocated to its current premises in 1975.
Nowadays, it is a contemporary arts centre and its galleries are open 6 days per week. It attracts a variety of audiences, all eager to see the film, dance, music and performing arts for which it has become synonymous.
It also hosts exhibitions from artists around the world throughout the year, boasts its own independent bookshop and has a wonderful on-site cafe that serves a range of hot or cold snacks, light bites and sweet treats.
Bristol Aquarium is home to numerous different species of aquatic life, as well as boasting its very own botanical house!
The Coral Seas display is definitely the most popular attraction, offering an underwater tunnel from which you can witness hundreds of different marine animals swimming around in the 250,000 litre tank!
Once you have learned all there is to know about the ocean, you can head over to the botanical house and discover the fascinating plants and trees from each of the earth’s continents or, if you need some refreshments, stop by the C-Shed cafe for a range of hot & cold meals, snacks and drinks.