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Explore quirky Bristol

The friendly district of Knowle offers a quiet step away from the buzzing centre of Bristol, while still being within easy reach of the best it has to offer. You'll find some great value eateries and shops close by and the beautiful Arnos Vale Cemetery is just down the road - a leafy oasis which has walking trails, exhibitions and a cafe too. There are other lovely green spaces dotted around such as Perrett's Park, and golfers will be happy to find Knowle Golf Club Nearby.

Maritime history at Bristol

Bristol has gained a reputation for quirky originality and there's so much to see and do in a compact area by the river. For a slice of maritime history head to Brunel's ship SS Great Britain and then stop off at M Shed, a great museums centre. Catch a film at Watershed, an arts venue on the other side of the river, or a show at Bristol Hippodrome. As a university town there's no shortage of happening nightlife in Bristol. Try the Fleece for live music or catch a play at the Bristol Old Vic.

Up, up, up in a balloon

Bristol is well known for hot air ballooning and in August hosts the International Balloon Fiesta - a truly spectacular sight. Dare you take to the skies yourself? There are several operators offering trips. Looking for cheap accommodation in Knowle? The Travelodge Bristol Central Mitchell Lane Hotel is a great bet, with Travelodge Bristol Central Hotel also very Nearby.