As the sixth biggest city in the UK with a population of half a million, most visitors find it useful to explore Bristol behind the wheel of a hire car. Whether you plan on heading into the city centre on your own or out into the Southwest and Wales with your family in a people carrier, organise car hire in Bristol and experience all the amazing things this UK city has to offer.

History and architecture in Bristol

Situated between Somerset and Gloucestershire, Bristol has been one of the UK’s most important commercial centres for eight centuries. The Port of Bristol was the main business hub in the area for many years, and as such, Bristol enjoys a rich naval history. In recent years, efforts to regenerate the docks have given way to an exciting revival of marine heritage and culture. Why not arrange car rental in Bristol and take a drive around and check out the well-known docks for yourself?

Bristol is also famous for its many bridges, including the iconic Cliff Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In fact, there are no less than 43 bridges in the city. Walkers and ramblers have created the ‘Bristol bridges challenge’ – a 33-mile walking route crossing all of them. If you prefer to take a scenic drive instead, why not cross some of the bridges in the comfort of budget car hire in Bristol?

Bristol: A hub of arts and culture

In recent years, Bristol city has transformed into a thriving hub of creativity and culture. As a large and sprawling metropolis, exploring the city from the comfort of a hire car can help you make the most everything Bristol has to offer.

Home to two top-rated universities, Bristol has a strong affinity with the arts. The music and theatre scene offers something for everyone, with people travelling from far and wide for gigs by world-class artists and bands at Bristol Arena.

Are you a City or a Rovers fan? Football enthusiasts can always catch a match at Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City F.C, or Memorial Stadium, home to Bristol Rovers.

Bristol’s food and drink scene

The expansive town centre in Bristol is one of the best in the West Country. Bristol Shopping Quarter offers everything from high-end designer shops to quirky boutiques you won’t find anywhere else.

Bristol has long been celebrated for having one of the most exciting and diverse food scenes outside of London. As well as delicious, affordable street food options, those looking for fine dining will also find five Michel star restaurants. From picturesque Clifton to hip and trendy Montpelier, check out car hire in Bristol to help you make the most of the city’s local cuisine.

Visiting nearby cities in your Bristol hire car

As one of the core cities in England, Bristol is extremely well connected. Choose car hire in Bristol and you’ll be well-appointed to visit many other places of interest in the surrounding area. The following five cities are in close proximity and have so much to offer in their own right. Using Bristol as a base, you’ll be able to visit each of them with ease.


The beautiful city of Bath is just a 35-minute drive from Bristol. Discover graceful Georgian architecture and rich Roman history in this stunning Southwest city while driving your hire car.


Car hire in Bristol make is easy to explore Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Explore the ancient castle and soak up the atmosphere on the state-of-the-art waterfront in under 52 minutes from Bristol.


Exeter is another city within close proximity to Bristol. You can drive between the two in around 1 hour 34 minutes. See the city’s beautiful Gothic cathedral and contemporary shopping centre.


You can reach provincial Salisbury in just 1 hour 32 minutes from Bristol. Feast your eyes on the majestic cathedral – it is topped by the tallest spire in England!


London is just over 100 miles from Bristol. Depending on traffic, it should take between two and three hours to drive to the capital in your hire car.

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