Whether you live in the city of Bristol or are just visiting for a day or two, you will be impressed by the wide range of things there are to see and do there. Bristol has become one of Britain’s most happening cities, with a lively university atmosphere and revived town center. This city, which one played an important role in the industrial revolution, sits on the Avon River and is a good spring board for visiting Bath, the Cotswolds, Western English coast and the lovely rolling downs of Somerset.
The awe-inspiring Clifton suspension bridge exemplifies the engineering spirit of both the city an its designer, the great I.K. Brunel. It is one of the most striking icons in this part of the UK and the visitors center describes the fascinating story of Brunel and the bridge. Also on site is the SS Great Britain – the world’s first great ocean liner.
Bristol can easily be explored on foot, particularly along the Avon River. Dotted across the city are excellent examples of creative designs from past generations. These include the Bristol Byzantine decoration on the dockside buildings and the sweeping Georgian crescents and squares of Clifton, as well as John Wesley’s New Rooms (the world’s oldest Methodist chapel), the magnificent Bristol Cathedral (dating from 1140) and St Mary Redcliffe Church – one of England’s best examples of medieval architecture.
The city also has an abundance of excellent museums, including the City Museum and Art Gallery, the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and Bristol Industrial Museum. The excellent At-Bristol exhibition charts the city’s contribution to the industrial revolution and engineering over the past two centuries.
Some lovely nearby attractions include: the peaceful Chew Valley, the quaint seaside town of Portishead and Victorian town of Clevedon, as well as the beautiful city of Bath and the lovely Somerset countryside.