Bristol Travel Guide

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    SS Great Britain, Bristol, UK.
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Bristol Highlights

  • Pro
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     One of the friendliest cities, plenty to see and do 

  • Con
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     Hassling Beggars in the town centre, Some No-Go areas. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Bristol is full of Babes & Bouncers! 

Bristol Things to Do

  • Clifton Suspension Bridge

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge is the symbol of the city of Bristol. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel he never lived to see it completed, Brunel died prematurely aged 53 yrs in 1859, and the Bridge was completed as his memorial and finally opened in 1864. February 2010

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  • SS Great Britain and the Matthew

    ss Great Britain was built and launched in 1843 and was the world’s first ocean-going, propeller driven iron ship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company she served as the transatlantic trip between Bristol and New York. At times of war ss Great Britain was used as a troopship, serving in both the Crimea and...

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  • The Old Town

    I stayed in the Old City during my stay in Bristol and I became familiar with the area. The Old City runs from the North East of St Augustine's Reach and Floating Harbour. The main areas are Queen Square (please see separate tip), Corn Street, St Nicholas Market (please see separate tip), King Street and Welsh Back (please see separate...

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Bristol Restaurants

  • In Thornbury

    I couldn't put this in a Thornbury page as the location doesn't exist. Thornbury is a small town about 13 miles from the centre of Bristol and is served by a few bus routes. We visited early November 2012 for our anniversary. Going inside and the look is modern, there's a bar and restaurant area downstairs and another seating are upstairs. We were...

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  • Homely, local and tasty

    From the outside it looks a bit like someone's home but with larger windows. Walking in there's a mini-bar and a few tables and chairs, it instantly feels warm and cosy and non-corporate with lots of ecelctic decorations. We visited on a Friday evening in early November (2012) and the fire was on so we chose a table close-by. A feature you see less...

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  • Unecessary and unwanted.

    The Gloucester Road, as noted elsewhere, is a fabulous streetfull of shops. Butchers, bakers and candlestick makers: purveyors of things you would never buy for yourself but make excellent presents (mostly tasteful and imaginative), a good selection of charity shops, and all the cafes you could shake a spoon at . All human life is here, and...

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Bristol Nightlife

  • England's Oldest Running Theatre!

    Bristol Old Vic Theatre isn't far from where I stayed. The theatre company is based at the Theatre Royal and was established in 1946 by Laurence Olivier as part of the London's Old Vic. The Theatre Royal was built in the 18th Century and is the oldest operating theatre in England. Considerable alterations were made between 1970-72 where The...

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  • Celebrating 100 years in 2012!

    Phantom Times!Seeing 'The Phantom of the Opera' at the Bristol Hippodrome was the biggest reason why I went to Bristol. I have to admit, despite not having the most comfortable seat, the theatre was beautiful.Frank Matcham (famed for his design of the London Colliseum and Leeds arcades) designed The Hippodrome and opened in December 1912. The...

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  • London's biggest retro clubnight comes...

    London's biggest retro clubnight is hitting Bristol in 2009! Shake, Rattle & Bowl is a new monthly clubnight in Bristol, which combines dancing, diner and retro bowling in Bristol's hottest new venue - The Lanes, a beautifully restored art deco building in the city centre! Full address is The Lanes, 22 Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2LD View the map...

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Bristol Transportation

  • Bristol Temple Meads - Brunel's Wonder...

    I travelled by train from Leeds to Bristol Temple Meads by Cross Country Trains. The journey took approximately 3.5 hours and travelling through to Wakefield Westgate, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby, Birmingham, Cheltenham Spa, Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads. The service had begun at Edinburgh and continued onto Plymouth. It was a...

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  • First Buses

    From Bath you can catch the 339 Bus to Bristol's Bus Station. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes and travels via Brislington, Keynsham, Saltford and Newton St Loe. One way costs 5.30 gbp (June 2012). The bus runs every half an hour on a Sunday and from 1830 every hour till midnight and early morning and late evenings Mondays to...

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  • Avoid driving in Bristol

    If you only plan to visit Bath and Bristol during your stay, DO NOT hire a car as you will spend most of your time sitting in traffic queues and trying to park it. There is an excellent coach service from the Airport to Bristol and an good train service from there to Bath.Phil-the-Bus

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Bristol Shopping

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  • mouthwatering

    The Gloucester Road, my home turf in Bristol, is a good place to shop for food with the caveat that its all frightfully white middle class. So, needing some okra for a recipe, I thought I'd head off in the direction of the rather more multicultural Stapleton Road and I stumbled (if stumbling is possible on a bicycle) across this place, which is one...

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  • On the subject of supermarkets

    So here we are, bottom of Gloucester Road, allegedly containing the longest run of independant shops in the UK. Half a mile down the road, the proposed opening of a Tesco in Stokes Croft caused riots. Meanwhile J. Sainsbury have opened a shop in the old Art Deco Burtons formerly occupied by one of the big bankrupt off-license chains.Interesting how...

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  • The shirt to put on it

    This is a newcomer to the Gloucester road, and is one of the many shops selling beautiful and interesting things. Taken two small fronts previously occupied by a shop selling supplies for home brewers and winemakers. It's basically a bijou haberdashery.A small but perfect range of printed cottons, including 50's retro, exuberant mexicana (as I...

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Bristol Local Customs

  • Go forage

    Almost everywhere with a bit of greenery has something one can eat. Over the past 5 years I've lived in Bristol I keep finding more and more that people just do not pick;Damsons, Medlar, Quince, Apple, Bramble, Sloe, Mulberry, Plum, Rosehip and more!I'm happy to tell people where I pick mine from if you're interested, I just enjoy walking around...

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  • Watch the sun set

    I wasn't too sure where to put this tip and it's not really something you can just go and see. I had lived in the East for about 24 years and you simply do not get the stunning sun sets that you get in the West. I've posted a few photos of the sky when driving home from work. They are simply much more colourful and more oftenly pretty I feel, they...

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  • August – International Balloon Fiesta

    The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Europe’s largest annual Hot Air Balloon event, now in its 34th year (2012) attracts 500,000 visitors during the show's four days and is free to attend. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass launches where up to 100 balloons may take...

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Bristol Warnings and Dangers

  • Never trust a Mason

    Bristol is a hotbed of this dubious cult.The pleasant but by no means architecturally outstanding Masonic 'temple' at the foot of Park Street bears totally specious notices reading 'This is a listed building. Cycles must not be chained or otherwise fixed (love the pedantry, THAT puts the kybosh on the pedantic LongTone securing the trusty steed...

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  • No pies here (Mrs Lovett's)

    The hasty pie lover should take a second look at this place before rushing in and demanding a pie. The lack of an adjacent barber's shop should alert you: this is no anthropophagous eatery, it is a very clever bit of trompe-l'oeil painting. Gorgeous paint but no gorgeous gravy.On Stoke's Croft, about halfway up on the left as you head towards...

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  • STAYING SAFE IN BRISTOL

    As with everywhere the entire world over, Bristol is no different with risks of becoming a victim of crime. The crime rate in the south west is NOT as high as outsiders deem it to be, infact statistics show a large decrease in serious crime in the City compared to other UK major towns & cities. However, unsolved crime is still a problem in the...

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Bristol Tourist Traps

  • Keep away zones

    It's just a list of some places to consider not visiting alone. Not that it will cause you any harm, I've visited them alone myself, but just in case you don't like risking yourslef. St Paul's, Jamaica St area, Fishponds Just don't go there much...

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  • SS Great Britain

    Or Grape Written as the locals call it!Nothing wrong with Brunel's pioneering steamship of course - all part of his grand scheme for travelling from London to New York entirely by his own Great Western enterprise. It looks magnificent moored in the Floating Harbour, it's just that it's not really worth the steep admission fee to get on board.It's...

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  • Georgian House 7 Great George...

    Georgian House 7 Great George Street, off Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5RR Telephone: (0117) 9211362 Email: general_museum@bristol-city.gov.uk TediousBristol Zoo Gardens Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA. Telephone 0117 970 6176 Fax 0117 973 6814, Bath, BA1 1LZ Not recommended in winter - frozen animals huddle in the back of their cagesThe Red Lodge Park Row,...

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Bristol What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Small Backpack Street wear Just make sure you bring your medication. In the UK you cannot get prescribed drugs without a prescription. You can get alteratives from the Chemist ie: Boots . However there is some medication you can get almost anywhere, just keep your eyes peeled. If you bring a Camera, make it a small one that you can stick in your...

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  • Packing List

    just to be naugthy ;-) and push you to go to my travelogues or only to avoid you to have to go on top of this page for it, click here for the first travelogue

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  • Packing List

    Something you can actually lift!!!! Bring all the usual gear for dear old rainy England as we have a wide variety of different types of rain and in one week you can sample them all. Also advisable is a rope and a set of crampons due to the steepness of some of the hills. Toiletries and medical supplies are easily obtainable in Bristol We have...

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Bristol Off The Beaten Path

  • Glenside

    This is the name of one of the campuses of the university I work at, it's in the Fishponds area of Bristol and you're most likely to have seen it if you're on the M32 you can view its clock tower. The history of the building is fascinating and academics at work have done a lot of research into it leading them into the history of treating mental...

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  • Bristol's Central Library & Surrounding...

    Bristol Central Library is housed in a historic building near the Cathedral and adjacent to the historic Abbey Gatehouse. H. Percy Adams and Charles Holden built the library in 1906 in a Edwardian Free Style architectural design. It has become a listed building during the 20th Century and holds Bristol main collections. The library was built...

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  • Laurence Weston Community Farm

    This small community farm is rather off the beaten track, I live in the area so it's just a walk for me, it would be easier to drive if you're coming from anywhere else but the bus 41 and 41 go from the centre through Lawrence Weston (LW). We usually pass when we're walking our dog and one of us stays with the dog (they're not allowed in) whilst...

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Bristol Sports & Outdoors

  • Injured?

    Ok so not a tip about a particular sport but it could be useful if you get an injury whilst doing a sport. A year ago, almost to the day, I tore 3 ligaments in my right ankle and muscle / ligament in my left knee and desperately needed some physio. I work at the University of the West of England and as they teach sport's therapy I had a look at the...

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  • Korf what?

    I play korfball. What? It's originally a Dutch game (the Dutch and Belgians are still the best players in the world) Korf means basket. It's a mixed sex game but you only ever defend / attack someone of the same sex. You don't have a position, you ether defend or attack and swap between the two when two goals are scored, you also change ends at...

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  • Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride

    This event is in its 18th year in 2011, but I have only cycled it once before; the Clevedon Challenge - 38 miles. It is free but suggested donation for all riders is £1 which will go directly to Cots for Tots Appeal this year. A very special aspect to this event is that the Portway is closed to traffic, it is lovely going along without cars trying...

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Bristol Favorites

  • The Tourist Information Office

    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....

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  • The Bear Pit

    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...

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  • Any resemblance is purely coincidental

    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...

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