1. Its Independent Life You should head to Gloucester Road for a tour of the independent shops where you can buy a host of local products. This is the street which boasts more independent shops than any other street in the UK. Recently, Tesco planned to open a shop here and there were strong protests against the move. You are sure to find some really good and unique things from one of the shops. 3. The UK’s first Cycling City Bristol is surrounded by hilly countryside. However, that is hardly a roadblock for the thousands of people who get around the UK’s first Cycling City on two wheels. The first part of the National Cycle Network was built in Bristol and there’s even a huge troop of fixed gear cyclists here who are very much active on the cycling circuit in and around Bristol. 5. Fascinating Street Art Walking down the streets of Bristol is visual treat owing to the amazing work of street artists. Nelson Street is an example of how street art can transform even the most dull area into a open air art show. South of the river, artist Upfest does the same thing with huge pieces remaining on the side of many buildings on North Street. 6. Lively Festivals Summer is the liveliest with three festivals happening simultaneously every weekend, from music festival Love Saves The Day in Castle Park to Mayfest which always brings theatre to unusual venues. There are also food festivals to celebrate the city’s vibrant food culture, in addition to the regular favourites such as the Harbour Festival and Balloon Fiesta.