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Bristol Balloon Fiesta, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

Step beyond your Bristol hotel for medieval churches, Tudor merchants’ mansions, the Georgian squares of Clifton and Brunel’s suspension bridge.

Historic Bristol

Bristol’s maritime history still soaks the city, from the grandeur of SS Great Britain to the smallest of pubs patronised by 15th-century seamen fresh from the New World. The city’s sugarcane and cocoa warehouses ensured Bristol prosperity right through to Brunel’s arrival 100 years on to build his bridge and Temple Meads train station.

Art and museums in Bristol

Stay at a Bristol hotel and feel what it’s like to be a foetus or make a TV show at the science centre Explore At-Bristol at the revamped Floating Harbour. Then take a breather at the centre’s planetarium. Get a grip on how the Egyptians felt about the afterlife at the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.

Quirky things to do in Bristol

Feed the lorikeets their daily nectar at Bristol Zoo or hop on the Bristol Packet Boat which will drop off and pick up at all the attractions along the docks.

Events in Bristol

The Bristol Harbour Festival in July and August rocks the waterfront with eight stages of music, dance and circus acts as hundreds of colourful vessels bob in the background. A million people flock to Ashton Court every August to watch more than 100 hot-air balloons shoot skywards and enjoy stalls, stands and entertainment on the ground.

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Attractions in Bristol:

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Opening times:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Opening times:
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)

The cottage in which Elgar was born. Courtesy of the Elgar Birthplace Museum
Elgar Birthplace Museum

Opening times:
Daily 11am-5pm Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Bristol:

Giant beachcomber by Thomas P Peschak, South Africa/Germany. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine
Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Dates Open:
19/11/2015 to 11/03/2016
19/11/2014 to 12/03/2015

Books, lovely books
Bath Literature Festival

Dates Open:
02/03/2015 to 11/03/2015

Sheet music. Photo by Bree Hogg, © Whatsonwhen
Mid-Somerset Festival

Dates Open:
14/03/2015 to 24/03/2015

The Bath Half Marathon, Bath © Running High Events Ltd, Anna Cardy
Bath Half Marathon

Dates Open:
11/03/2015 to 11/03/2015

Americans-Natural Theatre; George Wright. Courtesy of
Bath Comedy Festival

Dates Open:
30/03/2015 to 09/04/2015

Bath Decorative and Antique Fair

Dates Open:
08/03/2015 to 10/03/2015


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