A Country Mouse Roams the Streets of Bristol

I think Bristol is my favourite city here in the UK.  I like the way it doesn’t really feel like a city in some parts, and it somehow makes you feel that you also live in the countryside.  I love the restaurants and pubs, especially the Old Duke and of course, this is also the place where the Historian and I got married many moons ago.

Before T was born, we used to come here a lot, especially since once of our oldest friend lives there.  That didn’t change when she arrived.  But of course all that stopped, when she became of school age.  Occasionally, the Historian still has scheduled lectures for the OU in Bristol and when that happens, T and I usually tag along and that’s exactly what we did last weekend.  It was a chance for a brief city break for the country mice.

We left Cornwall right after picking up T from school and drove straight to Bristol.  That night, we had a lovely dinner with our friend and strolled a bit around The Old Duke before heading back to our hotel.  It was absolutely packed.  The next day, we strolled by the quayside and had a lovely breakfast at Mackenzie’s restaurant before my husband headed off to his lecture and T and I met with our friend.  We decided to visit the Bristol Aquarium.

And I’m glad we did.  T enjoyed it so much as well as the adults too.  The place isn’t too big, but we spent more than a couple of hours just watching and looking at the different species.  We were also in time for the feeding, which was really interesting to watch.

After a quick-lunch at the very busy Stables, we decided to mooch around the city just to kill time before it was time to meet T’s dad.

Since it was a Saturday, there were a lot of stalls in the streets and T had fun just looking at all of the knick knacks on the tables.  We went to our favourite St. Nicholas Market and just poked around the stalls not really buying anything, but just looking.  We also stopped at a bookshop and just looked around.

I think T is planning a holiday on her own 😉

Not long after this.  I received a text from the Historian saying that he was done and will meet us back in Mackenzie’s.  Let’s just say we were a tad bit late 😉

We did enjoy our trip and we’re hoping to be back soon.  This time with some family members in tow 🙂  What about you?  What’s your favourite city here or elsewhere?


  1. Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    Bristol is great. I love how varied and how there is always something going on. I feel very spoilt living so close. Just got to say, I love T’s plaits. So cute. #CountryKids
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    • Oh I’m envious! I didn’t know you lived near Bristol. It’s about a three-hour drive from us 🙁

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Bristol is lovely and not too far from Cornwall too. I am still hoping one of mine will choose Bristol University so we have an excuse for trips up there too, it was Nick’s old University city. The old Saturday market looks lovely and not city like at all. T looks very grown up in her denim outfit, it must have been lovely to spend the day together there.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • I love Bristol too! Hopefully one of yours will choose to go to Uni there 🙂

  3. Elaine Livingstone

    Great that it is still within travel distance for a weekend away. That up close and personal to the fish looks amazing, I would have happily spent hours there as well.
    The pigeons seem to be enjoying the food market #countrykids
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    • Oh yes, there were loads of pigeons! Would love to spend more time in Bristol, if only it were nearer 🙂

  4. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Bristol is such a lovely city. We loved exploring it when we were hunting for Shaun the Sheep. Sounds like the aquarium is well worth a visit and always lovely to wander around a market and bookshop and just enjoying browsing. #countrykids
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    • Thanks Louise, it is indeed a lovely city. We also did the Shaun the Sheep trail years ago 🙂 x

  5. Aww it looks like you had a lovely time – Bristol is such a pretty city and one I would love to explore more of one day 🙂

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