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Are you looking for a cheap car hire in Bristol? VroomVroomVroom can help you find an affordable rental car by comparing deals from major brands including Avis, Europcar, Enterprise and Sixt. Sort the list by price to easily spot the cheapest hire car. 

There are many wonderful things to see and do while in Bristol, such as the famous Georgian majestic buildings, the SS Great Britain, Pero Bridge, Nelson Street art, museums, galleries, a bustling harbour and a beautiful cathedral. A hire car in Bristol is a great way to experience all of the remarkable attractions and explore more of the surrounding area. 

Reasons to book a car hire in Bristol at VroomVroomVroom

Bristol is a captivating, modern city that is best explored with a hire car. Here are some of the benefits to booking a hire car with VroomVroomVroom to experience this distinctive cultural city. 

  1. Wide selection of vehicles: You can easily find the nearest depot for car rental pick up and drop off using our advanced search engine.  ​We only compare rental cars from trusted brands so you are sure to get a reliable car hire. Apart from rental cars, you can also book a campervan hire in Bristol through us.  
  2. Great rates: We guarantee the best rates with our price promise.
  3. Excellent service: We have been helping people book a rental car for more than 15 years. I​f you need help in booking a car hire in Bristol, feel free to contact us via email, phone or live chat. 

Best time to visit Bristol

Bristol has a mild climate, and the city can be enjoyed at all times of the year. To avoid the coldest time of year, consider visiting the region outside of January and February. The summer months are the busiest time for tourists to visit Bristol. 

If you visit the city in July, don't miss Bristol Harbour Festival. The three day event brings a celebration of Bristol's maritime history with dancing, music, and art. In August visitors can enjoy a four day display of hot air balloons at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Witness several hot air balloons gather in one venue and mass ascend at the same time. 

Driving tips in Bristol

If you are starting your journey with a hire car in Bristol, you can travel easily to other destination on the UK's extensive road network. Prime motorways such as the M4, M5, M49 and M32 all meet in Bristol.

Traffic congestion on Bristol's roads can slow down your journey. Please check traffic updates here to avoid any delays. If you are arriving via Bristol airport you can take the A38 and A370 into the city centre, a journey that takes approximately 25 minutes with a rental car. For more driving tips, click here.

Top Attractions in Bristol

Bristol is nestled between the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. The city is famous for its local Bristolian dialect, arts, cultural heritage and wealthy economy. The metropolis is celebrated for being home to the Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs. The popular UK hotspot offers the biggest selection of shopping in the south west, with two centres comprising nearly 500 shops and 50 cafes and restaurants. You can find some of the restaurants listed here. To make most of your stay in Bristol, check out VroomVroomVroom's recommended attractions in the area. 

Bristol Aquarium

Bristol Aquarium

Dive into the ocean and discover the wonders of the deep at Bristol Aquarium, right in the heart of the city. Explore more than 40 naturally-themed displays and spot the thousands of amazing aquatic creatures, including tropical sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas, and so many more. Wander through an Underwater Tunnel to watch some fascinating marine life swim over your head! Bristol Aquarium is home to a whole host of plant and marine species from around the world, as well as being the only aquarium in the UK to feature a giant botanical house, known as the Urban Jungle. Bristol Aquarium is open everyday (except Christmas day) from 10am. With daily talks and a variety of hands on activities during school holidays, it's a great all-weather attraction and children under 3 go free! 

Bristol Cathedral 

Address: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ

What was once an abbey is now a cathedral that has been redesigned and reconstructed several times. Bristol Cathedral has always been a place of change and yet always a place where they have proclaimed the presence of God at the heart of a great city.

Glenside Hospital Museum 

 

Glenside Hospital Museum in Bristol

Glenside Hospital Museum is a unique and fascinating place. The museum is the asylum church within the grounds of Bristol's 1861 to 1994 psychiatric hospital. The hospital became Beaufort War Hospital from 1915-1919, treating just under 30,000 wounded soldiers, and gave inspiration to the artist Sir Stanley Spencer who worked there as an orderly. The museum is full of objects, photographs, drawings and information collected from the former hospitals. The exhibits are compelling and provide an opportunity to examine the care provided in the past for people with mental illness and learning disabilities, and to consider our own health needs.

Cabot Tower 

Address: Bristol BS8 1HJ

This famous landmark is a Grade II listed tower that was founded sometime in between 1896 and 1898. It is located within the Brandon Hill, Bristol. The tower has a spiral staircase and viewing platforms offering a fantastic way to see most parts of the city.

Bristol Zoo Gardens 

Address: College Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

The zoo has featured and taken a number of wildlife species (including endangered species) under its wing since 1836. Exploring the zoo is not only fun but also noble as its proceeds are for the conservation of the animals from within and outside the institution. Its exhibits include the Seal and Penguin Coasts, Explorers' Creek, Gorilla Island, Reptile House, Aquarium, Bug World, Zona Brazil, Monkey Jungle and Monkey Islands, Butterfly House and ZooRopia.

Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

Address: The Mill, High St, Wookey Hole, Wells BA5 1BB

Wookey Hole Caves, Bristol

Are you looking for the ultimate adventure in Bristol? Check out Wookey Hole's famous Caves and over 20 fantastic attractions! This is one of the most popular family, fun-filled attractions in Bristol. Explore UK's biggest cave system and newly discovered chambers and tunnels. They also have a 4D Cinema, Magical Mirror Maze, Pirate Zap Zone, 16th Century Paper  Mill, Valley of the Dinosaurs, Pirate Island Adventure Golf and many more.  There are also Circus Shows every weekend from February half term and daily during school holidays. 

Cabot Tower 

Address: Bristol BS8 1HJ

This famous landmark is a Grade II listed tower that was founded sometime in between 1896 and 1898. It is located within the Brandon Hill, Bristol. The tower has a spiral staircase and viewing platforms offering a fantastic way to see most parts of the city.

Ashton Court Estate 

Address: Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

The estate offers a glorious 850 acre site on the outskirts of Bristol and boasts some of the finest public parkland in the South West. It is a Grade II listed landscape, and winner of the prestigious Green Flag award. With beautiful undulating grounds offering ancient woodlands, formal gardens, cycle and horse trails, and unlimited open space for kite flying, picnics, and family leisure activities. It is also home to Bristol's famous miniature railway, and you could even play a round of golf! If prefer a "birds eye view" of the city from a hot air balloon, Ashton Court Estate proudly plays host to the International Balloon Fiesta each year, and offers launch sites all year round. It is certainly a place with much to offer including Farmers Markets. Make sure you make a visit.


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Top depots in Bristol
  • Sixt Sixt Bristol Central - Silverthorne Lane, Bristol, ENG. BS20QD
  • Avis Avis Bristol North - Unit 1000 The Quadrant, Bristol, ENG. BS32 4QA
  • Avis Avis Bristol Downtown - Rupert Street, Bristol, ENG. BS1 2PY
  • Enterprise Enterprise Bristol South - 59 Hartcliffe Way, Bristol, Bristol, ENG. BS3 5RP
  • Europcar Europcar Bristol Patchway - Gipsy Patch Lane Filton, Filton, ENG. BS34 6QD
  • Thrifty Thrifty Bristol North - Frenchay Park Service Station, 213A Frenchay Park Road, Frenchay, Bristol, ENG. BS16 1LF
  • Europcar Europcar Bristol Horfield - 248 Muller Road, Horfield, Bristol, ENG. BS7 9NA
  • Enterprise Enterprise Bristol North - Beaufort Motors, Wyck Beck Road, Henbury, Bristol, ENG. BS10 7JE
  • Enterprise Enterprise Bristol - Brislington - Unit 1, Camwal Court, Chapel Street, Bristol, ENG. BS2 0UW
  • Hertz Hertz Temple Meads Rr Station - Hartcliffe Way, Bristol, ENG. BS3 5SD
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