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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:

Georgian House

Opening times:
Easter-Nov: Wed-Thu & Sat-Sun 10.30am-4pm; Jul-Aug Tue-Sun 10.30am-4pm Apr - Oct 2013 (annual)

Beckford's Tower & Museum, Bath. Courtesy of Bath Preservation Trust
Beckford's Tower & Museum

Opening times:
Sat, Sun & bank holiday Mon 10.30am-5pm Apr - Nov 2013; Weekends only (annual)

The Dress of the Year

Opening times:
May-Oct daily 10.30am-5pm; Nov-Jan daily 10.30am-4pm Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)

The Mount Vernon Garden (a replica of George Washington's garden at Mount Vernon in Virginia). Courtesy of the American Museum in Britain
The American Museum in Britain

Opening times:
Tue-Sun 12pm-5pm (Nov & Dec until 4.30pm) Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon (various dates)

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

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

What's on in Bristol:

Apples. Photo by Ben Evans, © Whatsonwhen
Slow Food Market

Dates Open:
05/07/2015 to 05/07/2015
07/06/2015 to 07/06/2015
01/03/2015 to 01/03/2015
06/09/2015 to 06/09/2015
04/01/2015 to 04/01/2015
07/12/2014 to 07/12/2014
04/10/2015 to 04/10/2015
02/08/2015 to 02/08/2015
05/04/2015 to 05/04/2015
01/02/2015 to 01/02/2015
02/11/2014 to 02/11/2014
03/05/2015 to 03/05/2015

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:
19/11/2014 to 12/03/2015

Autumn Exhibition

Dates Open:
30/10/2014 to 31/12/2014

Encounters Short Film Festival

Dates Open:
16/11/2014 to 20/11/2014

Bangless Bonfire Nights at Bristol Zoo

Dates Open:
04/11/2014 to 04/11/2014

Dyrham Park. Courtesy of The National Trust
Dyrham Park

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 29/10/2015
03/11/2014 to 16/12/2014

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