During our short camping trip to Bath we spend a day in Bristol as well.
It was my first visit and my first impression wasn´t very good - the city seemed dirty and run down, the main shopping area just interchangeable with every other high street.
But then we walked to the harbour in order to visit the SS Great Britain, the first iron ship that crossed the atlantic built by the famous Isambard Brunel. From then on it improved a lot, the glorious sunny weather helped too!
So next time we are in the area we will definitely give Bristol another chance.