Bristol in the south west of England, is home to several notable professional sports teams in Football, Rugby Union, Cricket and Basketball. For active sports tourists, there is an annual half-marathon, with the city home to a number of golf clubs as well as an artificial surf pool.
Sport in Bristol
Football in Bristol
Bristol is home to two professional football clubs – Bristol City and Bristol Rovers who are considered great rivals.
Bristol City are considered the more successful of the two clubs, have played in the highest division of English football in the late 1970s. They current compete in the Football League Championship and have played their matches at Ashton Gate since 1904.
Bristol Rovers have competed in the Football League every season since 1920, except one during the 2014/15 season in which they won the Conference Premier play-off Final. Rovers have played their home matches at the Memorial Stadium since 1996.
Bristol City Women’s Football Club compete in the Women’s Super League, the highest league of women’s football in England. They currently play their home fixtures in nearby Bath, at Bath City’s Twerton Park.
Rugby Union in Bristol
The professional rugby union club Bristol Bears currently play in the highest division, Premiership Rugby. The club had previously played at the Memorial Stadium from 1921 to 2014, but have since moved to the larger Ashton Gate which hosted the European Rugby Champions Cup Final in 2020.
Cricket in Bristol
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are based in the city and experienced great success in limited over competitions in the late 1990s/early 2000s. The club play the majority of their matches at the Bristol County Ground, which also hosts international cricket.
Basketball in Bristol
The Bristol Flyers are a professional team who compete in the British Basketball League, playing their matches at the SGS College Arena located at the SGS College WISE Campus.
Athletics in Bristol
The Great Bristol Half Marathon is an annual road running event held on the streets of Bristol, usually in September. The event was first held in 1989 and in 2001 doubled up as the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, won by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethopia and Britain’s Paula Radcliffe.
Surfing in Bristol
Surfing in Bristol I hear you say? Located on the outskirts of the city, The Wave is an artificial surf pool that uniquely offers the opportunity to surf inland all year round.
Golf in Bristol
There are a number of golf clubs and courses located in and around the city as per below. inPlay Golf is an indoor golf simulator that allows you to play virtually at over 150 golf courses across the world.
- Ashton Court Golf Course (Par 3)
- Bowood Golf Course & Golf Academy
- The Bristol Golf Club
- Bristol and Clifton Golf Club
- Burnham & Berrow Golf Club
- Clevedon Golf Club
- Enmore Park Golf Club
- Filton Golf Club
- Henbury Golf Club
- The Kendleshire
- Knowle Golf Club
- Long Ashton Golf Club
- The Players Club
- Shirehampton Park Golf Club
- Stockwood Vale Golf Club
- Tall Pines Golf Club
- Weston-super-Mare Golf Club
- Worlebury Golf Club
Travelling to Bristol
Airport: Bristol Airport is located south of the city, with airlines including easyJet, Flybmi, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and TUI Airways serving many European destinations. The Airport Flyer Express bus service connects the city with the airport, with a journey time of approximately 35 minutes.
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Train: Bristol Temple Meads has services from a number of UK major cities, including London Paddington, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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Where to Stay in Bristol
What to do in Bristol
Bristol is home to two of the UK’s most famous sights, both designed by the legendary engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel: the SS Great Britain, one of the most technologically advanced ships of its time, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge – a 76 metre high bridge spanning the Avon Gorge.
Cabot Circus is an impressive shopping centre sat within the shopping district of Bristol, home to a number of well known shops, bars and restaurants.