Step beyond your Bristol hotel for medieval churches, Tudor merchants’ mansions, the Georgian squares of Clifton and Brunel’s suspension bridge.
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:
Admission times vary throughout the year. Please check venue website for current times. Feb - Oct 2013; not Wed or Thu (various dates)
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)
Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)
Daily 11am-5pm Feb - Dec 2013 (annual)
What's on in Bristol:
19/11/2015 to 11/03/2016
19/11/2014 to 12/03/2015
02/03/2015 to 11/03/2015
14/03/2015 to 24/03/2015
11/03/2015 to 11/03/2015
30/03/2015 to 09/04/2015
08/03/2015 to 10/03/2015