Bristol is a vibrant and diverse city with a wide range of visitor attractions surrounded by some beautiful rolling countryside and gateway to the south-west of England it is worth considering for a city break
The Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge is Bristolís most famous landmark and attracts visitors from all over the world. A competition was held for a bridge design to span the gorge and second time around Isambard Kingdom Brunels design was chosen. Construction of the bridge began in 1836 insufficient funds caused the work to stop and several years past before work resumed. The bridge was not built exactly as the original design and was completed in 1864 five years after Brunels death. There are guided tours offered which may be of interest.
The Clifton Observatory, close to the suspension bridge contains a working camera obscura you can combine a visit to the observatory as well as the adjoining caves, the view over the Avon Gorge from the viewing platform is amazing.
Bristol Cathedral was founded around 1140 in 1542 it became a cathedral in the interior, the Elder Lady Chapel dating from the 13th century contains some fine tombs and interesting carvings
. There are many fascinating museums in the city some may be of interest to you. The City Museum & Art Gallery situated on Queens Road has permanent collections as well as temporary exhibitions and include collections of international importance. Bristolís Industrial Museum (is closed at the time of writing) but should re-open as the Museum of Bristol some time in 2009.
The historic Georgian House Museum gives an insight into the life of a master and his servants. You get to see the elegant drawing room and a kitchen of the times. Another popular visitor attraction is The Red Lodge; this Elizabethan house originally a Tudor House has had several uses over the decades. The house has a wonderful interior in the Great Oak Room there is some magnificent original oak panelling to admire. You can also enjoy the Elizabethan- Style Knot in the walled garden, well worth a visit.
For those of you who enjoy shopping you will find plenty of choice with shopping malls, chic boutiques, and well-known high street names, something for everyone from designer chic, antiques and jewellery ample to keep you busy all day long. Bristol has numerous restaurants with some great places to dine out and there are plenty of pubs; nightlife can be lively with clubs and live music venues to enjoy as well as cinema and theatre. You should find somewhere to suit you. You can also visit the oldest working theatre in Britain while on your holiday break here in the city.
Children and adults can have a fun-packed day out at Bristol Zoo Gardens there are lots of exciting things to discover including the Seal and Penguin Coasts. The gardens are enjoyable and impressive and worth visiting. You might like to take a guided boat cruise around Bristol Harbour or along the River, there are several boat trips on offer including themed and evening cruises.
If walking appeals there are guided walks on offer, if you are visiting Bristol for a short stay and would like to see some of the popular tourist attractions a red city sightseeing tour bus operates from April to September. You should contact the Bristol Tourist Information Office www.visitbristol.co.uk for more information on any of the attractions that interest you personally, for start/opening times and dates etc. to avoid any disappointment.
There are more attractions to see in and around the city including the developed harbour side, St. Mary Redcliffe Church; the spire was constructed in 1872.
The SS Great Britain designed by Brunel was the first large iron passenger ship it was launched in Bristol in 1843, it is now undergoing some restoration and conservation work back in Bristol and will certainly appeal to some of you. You should find plenty to keep you occupied during your stay in the city.