Bristol weather follows the rest of the UK with its unpredictable nature, where a typical summer’s day may be fraught with wind and rain one minute, and be sunny and calm the next. The summer months of May, June, July, August and even September feature Bristol’s best weather, where temperatures are at their highest and daylight hours are long.
However, many people choose to visit Bristol in the springtime during the months of March, April and May, when the flowers and trees are in bloom, making Bristol’s myriad of parks and gardens very attractive. During the spring, the city features several flower festivals and events as well as air ballooning.
The winter months of December to January are the coldest, with temperatures often plummeting to well below zero. Snowfall isn’t as great as in other towns and cities in the UK, though the city feels the effects of the Gulf Stream more than other parts of the UK, as it is located fairly close to the Atlantic Ocean. Although it is the coldest time of the year, winter is also the best time for ballooning in Bristol as morning air currents are calmer, allowing for safer soaring.
Accommodation options in Bristol are extensive, with everything available from five-star business hotels to backpacker hostels and everything in-between. However, accommodation is quite expensive, as Bristol is a popular financial city, and rates during weekdays can be surprising high.
Hotel rooms fill up fast in Bristol at any time of the year and it is strongly recommended that you book your accommodation in advance. Particularly during the summer months, business conventions and city festivals and events mean that central accommodation can be hard to come by. A cluster of hotels can be found to the northwest of the city center, past Brandon Hill Park, although hotels and guesthouses are available in all areas of the city.