How Safe Is Bristol for Travel?

Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol is the self-proclaimed, unofficial capital of the West Country of England.

All the major festivals are held there during summer, so it’s the best time to visit.

There are so many green spaces in Bristol that are easily accessible from any area of the city and they free to use.

Bristol also offers easy access to history and art events and exhibitions all year round and there are many music venues and events, of all genres.

Bristolians are friendly and welcoming and there is a great sense of their shared past, they are proud of their heritage and a community spirit is to be found in many different parts of the city as a whole.

Warnings & Dangers in Bristol

Overall Risk


Bristol is very safe, generally. Crime rates are low and the most common form of crime is petty theft and scams, so just use your common sense and your trip should go smoothly.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation is relatively safe and reliable in Bristol, but it is still recommended that you pay attention to public transportation and be on the lookout for pickpockets and bag snatchers.

Pickpockets Risk


There is some risk of encountering a pickpocket, especially in more touristy areas. Apply the basic laws of precaution to avoid such a situation, and follow your common sense.

Natural Disasters Risk


You can relax when it comes to natural disasters, because, apart from somewhat rainy weather, there are no natural disasters recorded in this city.

Mugging Risk


Bristol is mostly safe when it comes to mugging and kidnapping, but it is recommended that you avoid poorly lit and deserted streets and dangerous areas known for occasional street crime.

Terrorism Risk


The United Kingdom has recently been targeted by terrorist attacks and it is now publicly announced that the threat to the UK is severe.

Scams Risk


As in any tourist destination, there is a risk of getting scammed. Check your change twice, negotiate everything in advance, never pay upfront, and be wary of people trying to distract your offering you unsolicited help with your luggage or anything else, as it might be a trick to steal from you. The most common scam is taxi drivers overcharging for rides.

Women Travelers Risk


Bristol is mostly very safe for women to travel to. Just follow your basic common sense and general rules of things to avoid, and you should be fine.

So... How Safe Is Bristol Really?

If you follow basic precaution rules, Bristol can be a very safe city.

It is quite a small city, so there are far fewer gang-related crimes like you would find in London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

Of course, there are areas and occasions which during particular times, and when alone, can be somewhat spooky like St. Pauls, Shirehampton, Knowle or Eastville.

However, there are no particular no-go zones in Bristol.

There are wealthier areas, like Stoke Bishop and Clifton and poorer areas like Southmead and Hartcliffe, but they wouldn’t be described as dangerous.

Like all UK cities you will find crime if you look for it, and like anywhere else – always be mindful if walking alone at night when pubs and bars are closing.

Clifton and Redland on the upper west/central side have more burglaries than the rest of the city, as they are lots of large family homes there.

Another thing to watch out for is crossing the roads since every year tourists suffer from traffic accidents because the British people drive on the left side of the road which is highly confusing for people from around the world.

How Does Bristol Compare?

CitySafety Index
Northern Ireland56
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)43
Sofia (Bulgaria)73
Siem Reap (Cambodia)63

Useful Information

  • Visas - Member countries of the EU do not need visas to enter the United Kingdom, as well as some other countries, but there is a considerable number of countries that do. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the United Kingdom.
  • Currency - The British pound is the currency in Bristol. Keep in mind that this is one of the most expensive countries in Europe and the prices of accommodation in most cities in the country are skyrocketing. You should bear in mind that you will need about 100£ per day, including accommodation.
  • Weather - The weather in Bristol is mild with cool summers, and heavy rainfalls during the year. The best time to visit is during summer, from June to August.
  • Airports - The busiest airport in Briston is Bristol Airport. It is situated a few miles south-west of Bristol city center and offers direct services to over 125 destinations across Europe.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Bristol, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Bristol Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 5° C
Feb 4° C
Mar 7° C
Apr 8° C
May 12° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 17° C
Aug 16° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 11° C
Nov 7° C
Dec 5° C
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6 Reviews on Bristol

  1. Outraged myth related information... lazy

    A lot of this information is out of date and no data sources are quoted. Unfortunately myths on safe or unsafe parts of the city remain. Local crime statistics for areas highlighted as higher risk ‘poorer area’s are lower than central Bristol or wealthier areas. I comment from the perspective of living in both. Theft, violent crime and ASB are higher in those areas associated with wealth. Victims of crime are often inebriated, alone on unlit streets or flashing their iPhone 27 around… if you feel unsafe go into a shop and tell someone

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    Hugh Genics says:

    Bristol wives matter

    Bristol is an ace place to go for a great violent riot. It happens every month. Some folk even through a statue into the harbour because it demonstrated a heterosexual man.There are brilliant battles with the police when it gets dark and it is lovely to see ” rent a mob” on the news so often. I feel the years of inbreeding is now starting to take its toll, nowhere else is it acceptable to call your sister your wife.

  3. Tinks

    I agree with you Hugh. The knuckle dragging yokels get pissed up on scrumpy and next thing is they are throwing their empties at the police. They think they are so tough and radical but really just a bunch of illiterate sheep bothered. Please avoid this Marxist hellhole.

  4. Good to go

    Safer than most cities in the US enjoy the place.. the worst thing you worry about is the dull wet weather

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      Chris Cockerell says:


      This post by Bae is possibly the dullest I have ever read.

    2. Having lived in Bristol for 10 years prior to moving to the US, I completely agree. There are no terrorist issues at all. I am not sure where that is even coming from. You can check the news. Most places in the UK that have issues are down to gang violence and stabbings which you will find in London, not Bristol!! I feel 1000% safe here even still when I visit.

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