Bristol is more than just boats, bridges and balloons. With so much to see and experience, the choice can be quite difficult. In today’s blog post we present the very best of Bristol’s attractions, that should not be missed when visiting the city.
1. Brunel’s ss Great Britain
Step back in time when boarding the world’s first great ocean liner Brunel’s ss Great Britain. You will discover the impressive stories behind the ship that changed the world and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Moreover, you will be able to explore under water, below the beautiful and amazing glass sea. This famous steam ship is a true national treasure located at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction.
2. Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
The Avon Valley Railway is a three-mile-long heritage railway based at Bitton station in South Gloucestershire, England, not far from Bristol. A short trip by this heritage steam railway, will provide you with a chance to admire the magnificent views on River Avon Valley and will be a nice addition to your visit to Bristol.
3. Nelson Street – See No Evil
Just over two years ago, Nelson Street in Bristol was an average corridor of bleak, grey buildings. Now, thanks to See No Evil – the most ambitious street art project ever to take place in the UK, it has been transformed into an inspiring masterpiece and a legacy for the city. Bristol has long been known for its street art movement, being the home to a host of famous artists. The project was the brain-child of street artist Inkie and Bristol music promoters Team Love who, together with the support of Bristol City Council, brought leading street artists from around the world to Bristol to transform the facades of ten multi-storey buildings along the street over the course of a week – and in doing so they made Nelson Street one of the world’s largest outdoor art exhibitions.
4. Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton suspension bridge is one of Bristol’s landmarks that cannot be missed when visiting. The bridge was the design of Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel who at the tender age of 24 won a competition to design the bridge. The work was started in 1831 and then abandoned but finally it was completed after Brunel’s death in 1864 and has been carrying traffic across the Avon Gorge ever since. The bridge is easily spotted from the city, even if you are not planning on visiting Clifton village up the hill, where you can get the best views of the city.
5. Dyrham Park
Another idea for a short trip from Bristol is a day out at Dyrham Park, a baroque mansion in an ancient deer park near the village of Dyrham. There are over 100 hectares of ancient park to explore, with breathtaking views and herds of fallow deers roaming freely. It is also worth to pay a visit to the mansion itself, which impresses with its stunning interiors and an interesting collection of Dutch art and ceramics of the period.
When planning your visit to Bristol, don’t forget to book your accommodation at The Grand hotel in Bristol City Centre. Close to the River Avon and the historic port which helped Bristol to flourish in the 18th Century, The Grand hotel is a great place to explore a city full of history and culture.