Bristol Suspension Bridge
The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see his creation finished in 1864.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the picturesque Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond. It is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world every year.
City of Bath
Bath is a 20-minute train journey from Bristol and is the largest city in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. It is famous for it’s Roman-built baths, in 60 AD the Romans built baths and a temple in the valley of River Avon, with hot springs being present even before then. The city became a spa with the Latin name Aquae Sulis “the waters of Sulis”.
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Built for pleasure and relaxation, beautiful Bath has been a well-being destination since Roman times. The waters are still a big draw, both at the ancient Roman Baths and the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa, which houses the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain you can bathe in. Bath’s stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is straight from a Jane Austen novel – highlights include the iconic Royal Crescent and the majestic Circus.
Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly centre is overflowing with places to eat and drink, plus some of the finest independent shops in Britain, making it the ideal city break. Immerse yourself in Bath’s remarkable collection of museums and galleries, and enjoy year-round festivals, theatre, music and sports. There are several museums including the Museum of Bath Architecture, the Victoria Art Gallery, the Museum of East Asian Art, the Herschel Museum of Astronomy and the Holburne Museum.
Banksy is a street artist, vandal, political activist, and film director known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stencilled pieces. His identity remains unknown, despite intense speculation. Born in Bristol in 1974, Banksy was involved in the wave of street art that took Bristol by storm in the 1980s.
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Banksy is now a world-famous artist, whose work has sold for millions of pounds. But once, he was just another kid on the streets of Bristol with a can of spray paint in his hands. As a result, some of his earliest work is hidden around the city, and spotting it is an absolute must for fans of his work.
His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy’s artwork is characterized by striking images, often combined with slogans. His work often engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy and greed. Common subjects include rats, apes, policemen, members of the royal family, and children. In addition to his two-dimensional work, Banksy is known for his installation artwork.
Banksy’s worldwide fame has transformed his artwork from acts of vandalism to sought-after high art pieces. Journalist Max Foster has referred to the rising prices of graffiti as street art as “the Banksy effect.” Interest in Banksy escalated with the release of the 2010 documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, which examines the relationship between commercial and street art. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was nominated for an Academy Award.
Banksy’s work has cropped up in London, LA and New York, and of course, in his home town of Bristol. In 2009, Banksy held a spectacular homecoming, when under complete confidentiality, he overtook Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for an exhibition that saw crowds queueing for hours on end for a glimpse of his work. Then in 2015, Banksy came back to the West Country for his internationally successful Dismaland exhibition in nearby Weston-super-Mare.
Visit Bristol have created an app which list some of Banksy’s most famous Bristol works, which together make for a great self-guided walking tour of the city. With plenty of stops to sample some of the bars, cafés and restaurants the city has to offer, it’s a day of culture, Bristol fashion.
Bristol’s Harbourside is an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. The area is alive with the buzz of Sunday markets, waterside restaurants and bars and a whole host of sports and activities including yachting, paddle boarding, cycling and rowing. Stroll around the water’s edge and you will find Millennium Square acting as a fantastic central hub, with its fountains and big screen as well as world-class attractions such as…
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Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner.
Bristol Aquarium, learn more about life underwater and see a range of creatures from all around the world.
The Matthew, a replica of the boat used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497.
We The Curious offers over 300 hands-on exhibits beckon the inner-explorer to be unleashed.
Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city. Founded in 1961, the organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, underpinned by a commitment to a dynamic civic role in the city.
Watershed is a cross-artform venue set on Bristol’s harbourside, offering a lively programme of independent film and events, plus occasional live music and Festivals.
Spike Island is a gallery and artist working space with a popular cafe, and offers an exciting programme of exhibitions, family activities and discussions in its expansive space, which was formerly a tea packing factory.
M Shed shares the city’s amazing past through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today.
Underfall Yard at the western end of the Harbourside is a working boat yard where visitors are welcome.
Boat Trips on the Floating Harbour
A number of companies, all listed below, run boat trips in Bristol:
Bristol Ferry Boats and Number Seven Boat Trips offer scheduled ferry services, which you can hop-on and simply use to get from A to B or spend longer and do the full round-trip of the Harbour. Stops are located around the Harbourside, just look out for the boards, or head over to their website for details of times and services.
Berkeley Castle, a hidden gem in the Cotswolds is half an hour away from Bristol. It is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1154 and still the home of the Berkeley family.
It has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the last five years and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.
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The Castle, which dominates the Vale of Berkeley, is steeped in over 860 years of British history. It is best known as the scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and for being besieged by Parliamentary troops in 1645. Over 24 generations of Berkeley’s have gradually transformed the Norman fortress into the lovely family home it is today.
The Castle is surrounded by lovely terraced gardens with flower borders, a lily pond, Elizabeth I’s bowling green and sweeping lawns. The Tea Room, also in the walled garden, serves morning coffee, light lunches and lovely cream teas.
The Castle has also been used on many occasions for filming and has been involved in many TV dramas such as Father Brown and BBC’s Poldark series. In addition, Berkeley Castle has been used for documentaries such as Dead Famous and Horse & Country TV’s Berkeley – An English Country Estate.
Every British Concorde made their maiden flight from Filton Airfield. Aerospace Bristol is an aerospace museum in Filton; the project is run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and houses a varied collection of exhibits, including a British icon – Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. Designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly.
Spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and parkland.
Tyntesfield, just a stone’s throw away from Bristol, was not built as a bold and extravagant statement of wealth, power or politics. Its purpose was simple; to serve as a family home.
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Once hidden and inaccessible, the ordinary and extraordinary lives and possessions of four generations of the Gibbs family are ready for discovery.
The garden and estate balance faded beauty and function with an abundance of nature; celebrated in ornate Gothic carvings that decorate the house. Flower filled terraces, an empty lake, woodland, champion trees and productive kitchen garden give further opportunities for exploration.
With each season you will experience a new side to Tyntesfield as they open doors and change perspectives on this much loved family estate.
St Mary Redcliffe
St Mary Redcliffe is not just a Gothic masterpiece, but also a highly diverse parish in one of the more deprived areas of Bristol and home to a growing, inclusive congregation. This parish church has stood for over 800 years; within its hallowed walls, you will find a superb collection of carved bosses, elegant 18th century ironwork, beautiful stained glass and a world famous organ.
Ashton Court Mansion
Ashton Court is a mansion house and estate to the west of Bristol in England. The mansion and stables are a Grade I listed building. Other structures on the estate are also listed. Ashton Court Mansion has provided the backdrop for a range of high profile on-screen shows, from Sherlock Holmes to the Antiques Roadshow.