SIGHTSEEING

Bristol has a variety of things to see and do! Walk around the city and taste our multi-cultural options of delicious food and drink. Go shopping on Gloucester Road, that has the most independent shops, cafes and restaurants of any street in the UK! Visit the harbourside and enjoy a day by the water, whilst viewing art and learning about Bristol’s maritime history. And, don’t forget, Banksy is from here too – be sure to check out his famous street art pieces scattered all over the city.

Or if you’re feeling adventurous, take yourself on a short trip to National Trust houses, churches or even hop to the next city Bath for a soak in the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain.

Click on the links below to find to more on what to see in Bristol.

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”.

Banksy

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.

Harbourside

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…

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

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.

Aerospace Bristol

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.

Tyntesfield

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.

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.

Suspension Bridge, Bristol