Bristol is a diverse and vibrant city with a thriving arts scene.

The Visit Bristol website provides information about things to do in the city, where to eat and drink, maps of the city and more.

If you're arriving early or staying on after the conference, here is a small selection of some of the best places to visit, eat and drink in. A list of recommended places to stay will be available shortly.

Galleries and museums

Arnolfini Contemporary art centre with exhibitions, cinema, cafe bar and a very good bookshop.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has three floors of art, natural history and visiting exhibitions.

M Shed
Opened in 2011, this museum on the harbourside focuses on Bristol's history, with changing exhibitions. 

The Royal West of England Academy One of only five royal academies of art in the country.  

Eating and drinking

There are too many cafes, bars and restaurants to list. Check out the Bristol Bites blog and Trip Advisor for food and drink recommendations. 

History and heritage and sightseeing

The Downs The conference venue is situated in the middle of the Downs, a large open space bordering the Avon Gorge on one side and the city on the other.

Brandon Hill Home of Cabot Tower and offering panoramic views of the city from this hill at the top of Park Street.