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    The Tourist Information Office

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 22, 2012
    Bristol Tourist Information Office

    Favorite thing: It's a great stopping point to plan your time in Bristol. The friendly staff has extenstive knowledge of what to see and do in the city and its environs.

    The Tourist Information Office is able to book on your behalf accommodation; transportation and tour tickets and there is a gift shop selling a nice range of souvenirs, maps and presents.

    Destination Bristol
    Bristol Tourist Information Centre
    E Shed, Canons Road
    Bristol
    BS1 5TX
    Tel: 09067112191
    Email: ticharbourside@destinationbristol.co.uk
    Online: VisitBristol

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    The Bear Pit

    by TheLongTone Updated Jun 27, 2011

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    Favorite thing: or the Saint James Barton roundabout and underpass, as it is properly known. Not a Favorite thing at all. The ghastly collision between modern unban planning and ancient city that spawned Broadmead is aptly terminated to the North by this sunken urban wasteland.

    The charming meadow flowers are are the result of intervention by the prsc who do much good work. What the bear pit is notororious for is congregations of street people. And indeed I was assailed by an inhoherent alkie twenty seconds after taking this photo. Jerk thought I was photographing him. But generally, certainly during the daytime, its fine. As indeed are the street people...here because it's hard by the bus station, because the magistrates court is nearby too (it's the po-mo confection behind the bus-station), because its the gateway to Stokes Croft: because that's who urban spaces like this are for.

    I hate going below street level to cross roads, especially when the layout meeans you are deviating considerably from a straight line. But, on foot, you pretty well can't avoid it here.

    Fondest memory: Curiously, the roundabout itself is in a funny way one of my 'favorite things to do in Bristol' things, but in a very specialised way. You need a decent bike and to get the lights entering it from Stokes Croft absolutely right. Cars eat your dust as you paste round it, hitting the lights mid roundabout just as they go green and whacking down into into St Lewins Mead at a good 20 knots, leaving powerful horseless carriages eating my dust. Reduces the time spent in the vicinity dramatically.

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    Any resemblance is purely coincidental

    by TheLongTone Updated Mar 30, 2011

    Favorite thing: There's no official memorial to IKB in Bristol - the man's works are enough - but there is this thoroughly lamentable thing. Words almost fail me but I am obstinate at times.

    It appears to have been made by somebody who had never bothered to look at a human being, let alone a picture of IKB. It is ridiculously out of proportion, the head maybe twenty percent oversized. And don't give me any 'distortion for expressive ends' guff, it won't wash.

    And it bears no resemblance at all to the great man, other than the top hat. And the chain links he is standing on, which of course refer to probably the most famous photo of Brunel. The cigar is presumably missing for health and safety reasons.

    If you're truly interested, it is to be found on Temple Quay, which is the back approach to Templ Meads staion.

    I've recently read a book on public sculpture in Bristol and was glad to find my opinion is not unique: apparently when it was unveiled the revelation provoked muffled tittering. And the author compares the chains in the plinth to pretzels, as well as pointing out that the walking stick is wrong (and is reminicent of the same sculptors statue of Charlie Chaplin, presumably recognisable by the bowler hat.

    A statue of Brunel in South Wales was recenly nicked for it's scrap metal. Over here, boys.....

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    general info

    by mindcrime Updated May 5, 2009

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    Bristol Ticket Shop
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    Favorite thing: I found very useful the Tourist Information (located next door to @Bristol). They provided me with a nice free map and answered all my questions (which bus, what cost, what time) about everything.
    I had free internet access at my hotel but I’ve heard that there is free internet access at Bristol Central Library (behind the Cathedral at the bottom of Park Street) at the second floor.

    If you want to see a concert you can buy VENUE magazine and buy tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop(pic 1). It is located at the city center(26 Union St, Bristol BS1 2DP). Their telephone:08704444400. The ticket office is open Mon-Sat 10.00-18.00 (Thursday till 19.00) http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/

    I wanted to check some places (especially nightclubs) on the map to see how far they are from point A to point B so I used this extra helpful online interactive map for directions :
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&cr=countryUK|countryGB&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=CITY+INN+BRISTOL,&fb=1&cid=0,0,12936187965074725688&sa=X&oi=local_result&resnum=1&ct=image

    If you don’t have a guide book and need some basic info about Bristol check: http://www.visitbristol.co.uk

    If you want to buy food from a market try TESCO(pic 2). It has good prices and I saw several around the center (one next to Old Duke pub, another opposite the Bristol Mall etc)

    If you get lost ask a policeman, they seem friendly to tourists and kind of funny on their horses :) (pic 3)

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    Find out what's going on....

    by mollymoo0oo0 Updated Mar 6, 2008

    Favorite thing: If you are looking for what's going on, local venue information and event listings can all be found in the excellent Venue magazine. This is available in local newsagents, and is Bristol's answer to London's Time Out magazine.

    There is also a website, so you can have a look in advance of your trip: www.venue.co.uk

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    Banksy ~ Bristol's cheeky graffiti artist

    by aaaarrgh Updated Mar 15, 2007

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    got away with it

    Favorite thing: If you see a naked man dangling by his finger tips from a window ledge in Bristol it could be (a) an actual naked man hanging from a window ledge in Bristol or (b) one of the latest artworks from the international graffiti artist, Banksy. I had known about Banksy for a long while, but had no idea that he was born in Bristol. Apparently the naked man stencil is very recent, appearing in June 2006.

    See BBC News Article 'Naked Man Mural Allowed to Stay'

    There are other Banksy artworks around the city (this was the first one I'd noticed) and also across many parts of the world. Noone is quite sure of his real name and identity. His early work can now be valued at over £100,000!!

    http://www.banksy.co.uk/

    Location: Bottom of Park Street opposite College Green.

    See also 'Free house as part of Banksy sale'

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    Clifton

    by Sjalen Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: My favourite thing in Bristol is to walk around the Clifton area. Away from the bridge, a whole part of the city unfolds with its own distinct atmosphere since it used to be a spa village. It is full of parks, pubs, wine bars, cafes and shops and feels very friendly and intellectual. Clifton also has lots of lovely houses such as these with their lovely balconies and other really colourful ones, looking like I expect parts of San Fransisco or Sydney to do.

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    Back To The Train Station...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    Temple Meads Station, Bristol England

    Fondest memory: This would be my last photo in Bristol...Capturing the sight just outside the station where buses were waiting, people were running catching their trains etc.
    Me, I just strolled by...
    I felt good, being in Bristol; Managed to capture some good sights for my memory forever !Wanna see what's the station look like ? Please click HERE !

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    Back To The Train Station...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    Temple Meads Station, Bristol England

    Fondest memory: Slowly, I walked back to the train station : Temple Meads Station.
    I had to catch my train to Cheltenham to start my exploration around The Cotswolds !If interested, you can read a bit about the History of Bristol Railway Lines...[Please click]

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    Around The Area...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    Castle Park in Bristol, England

    Fondest memory: Here, I captured the sight of the fountain again...Nice huh ? There's a gardener working in the area, we ended up talking.
    He urged me to stay longer in Bristol but I said that I had to move as 2 friends were waiting for in The Cotswolds ! [Please click]

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    Around The Area...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    Castle Park in Bristol, England

    Fondest memory: Around the area of St. Peter Church, there's some nice decorations/designs...Supposed to be a fountain maybe but no water was coming out off it !
    Still, good for my eyes, good for my camera...

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    The Ruins...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    The Church of St. Peter, Bristol, England

    Fondest memory: Another photo of the ruins of St. Peter Church...There's a garden by the side which has some seats/benches.
    I saw this Arabic couple sitting on one of the benches & the guys was not happy when I pointed my camera to capture the sight.
    I said to him that I wanted to capture the side of the church & not his veil-covered girlfriend !

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    Avon River...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    Avon River, Bristol England...

    Fondest memory: From The St. Peter Church, I glanced towards the Avon River...There are some 'industrial' buildings to be seen which are just so nice to my eyes !
    I could see some people just walking their dogs, strolling with their loved ones...

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    The Ruins...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    The Church of St. Peter, Bristol, England

    Fondest memory: This is the photo taken by me from one side of The Church of St. Peter...The windows look really nice !
    Some parts of this church have been rebuilt just to make it 'survive' ! Ruins or not, they forget something :
    No roof covers this church !

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    The Ruins...

    by coceng Updated Oct 21, 2004
    The Church of St. Peter, Bristol, England

    Fondest memory: This is the ruins of The Church of St. Peter ! Although as we entering The Castle Park, the tower looks good enough but the church itself lies in a state of ruins !
    Well, I can put it as a 'Kept-Ruin' !
    My photo is showing the interior of the church (what's left...); It's locked though...
    I could see flowers planted & moss covered the walls...Kinda nice !

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