Established in the 18th century during Queen Anne’s reign, the aptly named Queen Square was laid out to become Europe’s largest square. Queen Square has been an important part of Bristol’s historic life over the years and today it features popular walking and seating areas that make it ideal for summer picnics.
Bristol Zoo and Gardens
This is perhaps the city’s most popular family tourist attraction. Having been awarded the coveted title of ‘Zoo of the Year’ in 2004 by the ‘Good Britain Guide’, Bristol Zoo is well laid out and features animals from around the world, which are housed in natural surroundings. The zoo and gardens are located in the affluent Clifton district of Bristol.
Located in the town center, near the College Green, Bristol Cathedral is one of the finest hall churches in the world. This 800-year-old edifice was also a one-time abbey until Henry VIII announced the Dissolution of the Monasteries; however, later, the structure was converted back to a church.
St Mary Redcliffe Church
This structure was said to be ‘the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England’ by none other than Queen Elizabeth I. St Mary Redcliffe Church is a Gothic masterpiece and it houses the tomb and armor of Admiral Sir William Penn, which can be found in The American Chapel.
This theater is home of the Bristol Old Vic, which produces a huge range of popular plays, children’s shows and musicals. The theater dates from 1766 and visitors can go on guided backstage tours.
Royal West of England Academy
Located just outside of Bristol, the Royal West of England Academy is one of Bristol’s finest art galleries, featuring five spectacular galleries and plenty of history. The gallery regularly stages superb exhibitions of fine art, where visitors can come and view magnificent paintings and sculptures.