Blackbeard to Banksy, The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour: This fun and kooky two-hour tour is a great way to get an easy-going grounding of what Bristol is all about. As well as showing you Bristol's best street art, your enthusiastic tour guide will walk you through Bristol's past, spinning tales of pirates, smugglers, Blitz raids and more. (Tours leave outside the Cathedral main entrance; 0044-7909-221-684; Thursday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m.).

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: This free museum boasts a brilliant collection of exhibits, with something to interest everyone, including Egyptian mummies, the Bristol dinosaur and the famous gorilla 'Alfred' to excite the kids, and a good collection of paintings, pottery and glass for grown-up art lovers. (Queens Road; 0044-117-922-3571; Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

M Shed: Another free attraction, this art museum and media centre has a great position beside Bristol's floating harbour, and always has an exciting collection of exhibits, including film, photography, art and more. (Princes Wharf; 0044-117-352-6600; Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Clifton Suspension Bridge: This world famous bridge is one of Bristol's best-loved landmarks, designed by Victorian engineer Brunel. Set into the cliffs of the Avon Gorge, it's quite a sight and sits alongside pretty Clifton village, a great spot for independent shops. (Clifton Bridge Visitor Centre; Leigh Woods; Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Brunel's ss Great Britain: This award-winning Bristol visitor attraction is known as "the ship that changed the world", and was the first of its kind, as designed by master engineer Brunel. (Great Western Dockyard; 0044-117-926-0680; spring/summer opening, daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., autumn/winter opening, daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Cabot Tower: This gothic-style tower sits in picturesque Brandon Hill, which is the oldest park in Bristol, and offers visitors great views over the city -- if they're willing to climb its steep spiral staircase. (Brandon Hill Park, Park Street; 0044-117-922-3719; open early morning, usually 8 a.m., until dusk; free entry).

Queen Square: This elegant garden square occupies the heart of the city, between the charming Old City and the revamped Harbourside. (Old City; 0044-117-903-1484).

Cabot Circus: Cabot Circus is part of Bristol's Shopping Quarter, with over 120 shops and stores, including Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, under a shell-shaped glass roof.

Arnolfini: This international contemporary arts centre and gallery sits at the waterfront in Bristol's bustling Harbourside and has everything going on from video installations and sculpture to theatrical performances and live music. (16 Narrow Quay; 44-00-117-917-2300; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.).

Stonehenge: If you've got an interest in Neolithic history, archaeology or spiritualism, the prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge is well worth the 90-minute trip from Bristol. (Near Amesbury; 0044-370 333-1181; winter opening times, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., summer opening times, daily 9:30 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m.).