Bristol is a great metropolis without the stress. There are friendly bars, amazing restaurants, and a cleaned-up harbourside with art galleries and many a bar-with-a-view.
Upmarket Clifton provides the Sunday afternoon shopping opportunities: the east side is where to head for a bohemian night out. Still not convinced? A 15-minute train ride will take you to the living museum that is the city of Bath; 45 minutes in the car and you’re in Cardiff. And you’re in the midst of some of the finest countryside in England: the West Country, with its great pubs, ancient monuments and, thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperate climate. ‘Brizzle’, as the locals have it, is a fabulous city.
There are plenty of cosy pubs, cafes and restaurants in which to take refuge from the rain in the winter, but June through to September are the best months to visit. The westerly Gulf Stream climate keeps it a degree or two warmer than most of England, but this can make for excess drizzle in winter.