Stuck what to do this bank holiday weekend? A weekend away to Bristol is a perfect trip away and great to do in an electric car. A few hours away from London, Banksy, lots of water and great restaurants. Have a read how we got on with electric driving and our 5 top things to do.
Charging options from London to Bristol
Bristol is 118 miles from Central London so a charge was needed. We did the trip in our Tesla Model S so how did we get on? Charging is part of the fun of the trip so we charged our Model S on the way and stopped for lunch. As it was a weekday (we left on the Friday) we chose to go to reading Green Park. There is a nice funky pizza place called Wolf Street Food where you can choose a wood fired pizza or build your own creation with a base of pasta, salad or wrap. It was delicious and we enjoyed watching the work people pile in whilst our car was quietly charging. For a trip in a Tesla you can use the supercharging network and for this trip we could have also chosen to charge at Heathrow or one of the two chargers around Bristol. The latest updates to the software allow you to see how many chargers are busy at that time so another great tool for planning your trip on the go.
Taking any of the other EV cars in our fleet for your trip to Bristol? All the cars have a trip-planner so you can search the next charging station. You can also use the charging apps like ChargeCar. There are a few options around Reading (eg Toutley Depot) and Swindon (Morrisons).
We enjoyed the lovely stretch of M4 motorway to try out the autopilot and arrive refreshed at our destination. You really notice the difference. In addition the lack of engine noise on all, EVs help make the journey so much more quiet and relaxed. When you get to Bristol, the local council has done a lot of work to ensure there is parking and charging. Have a look here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/parking/electric-vehicle-parking
5 Top Things to do in Bristol
1. Spa Visit. Always popular for a couples weekend away in visit to a spa. This one is extra special as there is a spa in the old Lido. Your chance to have an outdoor swim (yes its heated but you do have to keep moving) and chat in the hot tub. The treatments are upstairs and are fantastic. We had a package which included a healthy dinner too.
2. Graffiti tour. Discover over 30 years of street art history. Do you know what the difference is between grafitti and street art? You will after this tour that shows you all the Banksy pieces and much more. Really enjoyable and a nice walk: http://www.wherethewall.com/the-bristol-street-art-tour/
3. SS Brunel. Discover the ship that changed the world - it says on their website. Its interesting to be taken back in time to shipliving. You can visit the different quarters and see how each type of guest and staff lived. The bottom of the ship is on dry land and protected with a high tech heated dry environment. Worth it if you like history and technology. http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/
4. Have dinner at Greens. There are many cool restaurants in Bristol and we choose Greens as we support our lifestyle of trying to eat less meat. Its ranked number 11 restaurant in Bristol so it seems we were not the only ones who enjoyed it! http://www.greensbristol.co.uk/
5. Enjoy the view from Clifton Suspension Bridge. Another one of Brunel's great creations is the suspension bridge. Drive the car up to Clifton (B3129) and enjoy beautiful views. The bridge is narrow but we did get through it with the model S, you just need to be a bit patient around that area as it gets busy.
Why not plan your own Electric Break for this Bank Holiday weekend and contact us now to get a quote from £199 for a Nissan Leaf for the weekend.