Bristol named one of 'coolest places' in the world by leading travel guide

The guide praises Bristol's "indie spirit". Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol has been named one of the coolest cities in the world by a leading travel guide.

National Geographic Traveller has included the city on its Cool List 2018.

Sri Lanka tops the list, with Bristol coming in at 11th between Flanders and Paris.

Is there a British city with a more indie spirit? From its lauded restaurants serving up local flavours to the break-beat heartbeat of its rudely healthy music scene, Bristol is an offbeat city ever on the rise.

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Bristol is famous for attractions such as Brunel's SS Great Britain. Credit: ITV West Country

The guide also praises Bristol's mixture of historic and modern architecture.

“Its dockside regeneration — still artfully ongoing after 20 years — is currently one of Europe’s largest redevelopment projects.

“Yes, it’s still home to pretty Georgian terraces, the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s SS Great Britain. But this is a city that’s gone from colonial-era industrial savvy to leftfield creativity."

NGT points to Bristol's food as a major highlight of the city.

Bristol is being touted as the best place to eat outside London, with seven new entries in this year’s The Good Food Guide.”

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