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Last updated: 31 October, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sian Lewis

Expect old-fashioned hospitality at The Rodney, a Georgian mansion of honey-hued stone located in the heart of Clifton Village and one of Bristol’s smartest addresses.

The simple bedrooms at the Rodney are perhaps the least exciting bit of your stay; small but clean and modern, with bright cushions and all mod cons.

Feel like a spot of supper closer to home one night? The Rodney also has its own restaurant, Number 4, downstairs in a rather gorgeous Georgian dining room, plus a pretty walled garden ideal for afternoon tea.

While this is a peaceful place to lay your head, you can still dip into city life – your next-door neighbours include wine bars, smart bakeries, cosy pubs, and some of the best of Bristol’s boutiques and delis.

Surrounding area

Charming Clifton Village is a world away from the rambunctious centre of the city.

Terraced rows of Georgian townhouses and side-streets jammed with market stalls, pastel-painted boutiques and independent coffee shops lead up the hill to quiet green parks and echoing Avon Gorge.

Pop into Primrose Cafe for coffee, get a view from on high from Clifton Suspension Bridge and then cool off at the Lido, a beautifully restored Victorian swimming pool.

Despite being slap-bang in the middle of some of Bristol’s most beautiful sights, The Rodney feels rather tucked away thanks to its own sweep of private drive.

A great spot for a good night’s sleep – but you can seek out lively bars and well-heeled locals dining out (literally) around the corner.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
: Nearby *
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

One of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a spectacular sight, 75 metres above the dramatic geography of Avon Gorge.

Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Thermae Bath Spa

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[19.8 miles]

A unique modern spa with steam rooms and showpiece rooftop pool, that uses Bath’s natural thermal water.

Best for ages: 12+ | £38

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Roman Baths & Pump Room

Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom (UK)[19.8 miles]

The historic Grand Pump Room next door has a fountain spouting genuine mineral-rich Bath spa water for tasting. It also does an enjoyable afternoon tea, a popular and highly recommended way to round off your visit.

Best for ages: 8+ | £15

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Colourful sweeping street of shops and terrace buildings in Clifton with shops underneath

Clifton Village

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

The city’s smartest postcode is home to cobbled streets, elegant Georgian townhouses and great boutiques and delis, all crowned by the Suspension Bridge – the perfect bolthole in busy Bristol.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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interior of the Lido, showing a pool with cafe tables around it and people eating

Bristol Lido

Bristol , United Kingdom (UK)[0.7 miles]

Lovingly restored, the city’s 150-year-old public hot tub is now a sleek spa and restaurant complex – the heated outdoor pool is worth a visit alone for its charming Victorian decor. Adults-only packages.

Best for ages: 18+ | £100

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Airplane hanging inside museum main hall

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[1 miles]

An eclectic collection of treasures and good seasonal exhibitions await inside one of Clifton’s most beautiful buildings. Entry is free – a nice destination on a rainy afternoon.

Best for ages: 8+ | Free

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Bow of ship with gold detailing

SS Great Britain

Bristol, United Kingdom (UK)[1.1 miles]

Historic dockyard and museum ship – come aboard the world’s first great ocean liner, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Bristol’s most famed engineering export.

Best for ages: 4+ | £18

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A lovely west country city of world-class Georgian architecture, ancient and modern spas, and an atmosphere of romance and refinement.

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