Adventures through West England & Dublin
Collected by Samantha Juda , AFAR Contributor
Typically overshadowed by London, western England still has much to offer to visitors. From an international Balloon Fiesta, Pier of the Year, delicious dinners & more, you'll leave Western England feeling happy you experienced something outside the norm. Added bonus? It's super close to Ireland, making a stopover in Dublin on the way in (or out) extra feasible.
Avon Court, Abbots Leigh Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3TX, UK
Come August, Bristol is poppin’ for the hot air balloon fiesta (luckily, no balloons pop). The international festival is Europe’s largest annual ballooning event, and celebrates Bristol’s heritage of creating the first modern hot-air balloon in...
Glastonbury BA6 8BG, UK
Glastonbury, most known for its music festival, is a mystical town filled with crystal shops and fortune tellers (at least downtown), but if you walk a few minutes past the Abbey, you find a the Tor, with a tower on top – a great place for an...
The Toll House, The Beach, Clevedon BS21 7QU, United Kingdom
Clevedon Pier, named Pier of the Year in 2013 & 1999 by the National Piers Society, reaches 850 feet into the Bristol Channel, and bodes one of the largest tidal ranges, with a difference of 47 feet between water levels at high and low tide. Walk...
Oakfield Pl, Bristol BS8 2BJ, UK
An incredible restaurant in Bristol, Lido not only serves delicious food, but also features a swimming pool in the middle of the property – yes, this is something I have never seen anywhere else. Although I’m not sure which side would be more...
7 Waterloo St, Bristol BS8 4BT, UK
In the cute neighborhood of Clifton, you may find (if you look carefully enough) Brunel Raj – hidden on the tiny alley of Waterloo Street. If you are in the area, you must go! Brunel Raj has some of the best Indian food I have ever tasted!. Being...
Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU, UK
An evening at the races. Is there anything more British? I’m sure there is, but I felt like I was in a scene from a British movie when I walked into the stadium. Although this racecourse is very casual typically, there were still women in fancy...
Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland
Trendy and beautiful, the rooftop bar at The Marker is a wonderful spot for an after dinner drink! You can’t beat the views of the harbor from above – but the best part, was being about to see over the city and into the rolling Irish hills. The...
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