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Destination: Bristol Tours

Large city with a great history and plenty to do for all the family
Region: South West England
Pronounced: bris-tul
Time to spend here: half to 1 day
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Bristol, South West England

Bristol’s most famous son is Isambad Kingdom Brunel the greatest Victorian designer and architect, building railways, bridges, steam boats and the SS Great Britain culminating in his finest work - the Clifton Suspension bridge. Bristol has played an extremely important role in sea trade for hundreds of years, and the harbour is still at the centre of the city today. In recent years the Harbourside has undergone an impressive development, which includes new science and nature discovery centres and IMAX cinema and plenty of trendy restaurants as well as good nightlife.  You can take a boat to explore the city’s historic waterways. King Street is both picturesque and lively and includes the Theatre Royal – the oldest continuously working theatre in Britain. In Central Bristol Broadmead and Cabot Circus are where you’ll find an array of high street names and department stores to fulfill all your shopping needs.

Local Activities
SS Great Britain
SS Great Britain, Bristol
SS Great BritainThe SS Great Britain was the world’s first ocean going propeller driven iron ship. Brunel’s historic vessel, restored to her former glory, can be seen in the dockyard where she was built back in 1843.
AT Bristol
AT Bristol Museum
SS Great BritainAt – Bristol is great fun for kids and adults alike.  You can learn all about science in our world, visit the curiosity zone, understand about flight, visit a planetarium and become an animator for the day and see the latest ‘Wallace and Gromit exhibition.
City Museum and Art Gallery
Bristol City Museum and Gallery
SS Great BritainThe City Museum and Art Gallery has excellent collections of archaeology, geology natural history and art, all housed in a grand Edwardian baroque building.  
The Arnolfini Arts Centre
SS Great BritainThe Arnolfini Arts Centre is free, and so an ideal place to come whether you have just a few minutes or a few hours to spare.
The New Room
The New Room, Bristol
SS Great BritainThe New Room is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 by John Wesley) and used by the early Methodists as a meeting place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.
What can I see in the area?
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol
SS Great BritainClifton is a leafy suburb of Bristol with fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture. It also has an observatory, camera obscura and the Bristol Zoo Gardens. It is the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon gorge amidst delightful rolling countryside which most come to see. Designed by Bristol’s great Victorian engineer Brunel the bridge has become symbolic to Bristol.
Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
SS Great BritainCheddar Gorge is a stunning series of limestone caverns. The caves were used for storing cheese, possibly as long ago as prehistoric times. Today you can tour the caves, or walk to explore the natural delights of the area home to Peregrine falcons, kestrels, and buzzards which nest in the gorge, and climb the 274 steps of Jacob’s ladder for excellent views of the gorge.
Oakham Treasures
Oakham Treasures, Bristol
SS Great BritainOakham Treasures near Portbury is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in Britain. The vast collection of memorabilia from the last century includes vintage tractors and thousands of items displayed in the historic sweet shop, grocery store and chemist to help you on your nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass
This is a great base for exploring: Bath and Wells, The Cotswolds, Somerset
Transport options in this area: Bristol has a main rail station. The city centre is accessible on foot and a good bus service runs around the area.
Did you know:

The worlds first chocolate bar was made in Bristol by Joseph Fry in the late 1720's.
From Bristol:

Cary Grant
J.K. Rowling
(Author, Harry Potter)
Bath Bath Cardiff Cardiff
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