Bristol is one of the most vibrant cities in England. It has been acknowledged as the best place to live in the UK because it manages to balance the energy of a big city and the quiet charm of a small town. Bristol is only a 15 minute train journey from Bath and merely 2 hours away from west London. Many tourists visit for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta that is held every August. Whilst the balloon fiesta is a good reason to visit, Bristol has much more to offer.
Check out this list of places to see in Bristol and you’ll realise that this amazing city is worth a trip all year round.
Bristol Harbour and Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Since 13th century, Bristol Harbour has undergone massive changes. It was once a busy port full of sailors, merchants and people going to and from the New World. Today, it has became a lively area for food, shopping and entertainment. Head there for the afternoon and don’t forget to visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain that was designed by the ingenious English engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It was launched in 1845 and was tagged as “The ship that changed the world”. It was the world’s longest passenger ship and is definitely one of Bristol’s top attractions.
2. Clifton Suspension Bridge
One of the world’s famous bridges is the Clifton Suspension Bridge located in Clifton Village. It will take you a few hours to explore as visitors love to stroll across the bridge due to the stunning views with the opportunity to take pictures of the bridge that crosses the River Avon connecting Bristol to North Somerset. It is another masterpiece designed by Brunel. The good news is, you can learn more about how its construction by checking out the Visitor’s Centre for FREE.
3. Bristol Cathedral
The Bristol Cathedral is one of United Kingdom’s great medieval churches. It was founded in 1440 and has undergone changes over the decades. Today, it displays beautiful 14th century stonework and stained glass. The history that comes with it makes it well worth a visit. It’s free to enter and you can be assisted by tour guides every Tuesday and Saturday.
4. Christmas Steps
For years, many people have been wondering how these steps got their name when it doesn’t seem to be related to the Christmas holiday. They somehow believed that there’s a nativity scene standing at the top of the steps in the stained glass of the chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne. These steps are from the 17th century and as the years passed bars, shops, cafes and art galleries have been built to satisfy visitors.
In addition, you may also like to visit these places when visiting the street art capital of Britain.
- Art Street – where you can see the wall work of the famous street artist, Banksy
- Anna – a cute macaroon and cake cafe located in Clifton
- The Florist – the prettiest cafe and cocktail bar
- Bristol University Botanic Garden – has three amazing greenhouses full of different kinds of plants
- The colourful houses of Bristol – you can find plenty of these aesthetically pleasing houses near St. Mary Redcliffe which you can take pictures worth a post on your Instagram
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