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.
SS Great Britain
SS Great Britain, Bristol
The 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 Museum
At – 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
The 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
The 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
The 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
Clifton 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, Somerset
Cheddar 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, Bristol
Oakham 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.