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  • Clifton Suspension Bridge

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    Bristol Things to Do

    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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  • Floating Harbour and Docks

    Bristol Things to Do

    In order to be competitive for the tobacco trade during the 18th Century, Bristol made plans to restructure their water navigation systems as the current ones then were insufficient for demand. Construction of the floating harbour began in May 1804 where a number of dams and locks were built to equalise the waterways levelling and accommodate...

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  • SS Great Britain

    Bristol Things to Do

    We stopped to visit the SS great britain after failing to see it on our last trip to bristol and it broke up a long day of driving in the car. Inside there are activities for children such as stamping your ticket, and there is also dressing up in victorian clothing. The ship itself is sitting in a dry dock, but it has been designed so it looks...

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  • Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

    Bristol Things to Do

    Cabot Tower was built in 1897-8 to commemorate John Cabot's Bristol-financed voyage to the New World in 1497. Whatever it's architectural merits, (eclectic Late Victorian to put it kindly, the work of the delightfully named local architect William Venn Gough, who also had a hand in the Granary and was responsible for Colston Girl's School) it makes...

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  • Cathedral and College Green

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    Bristol Things to Do

    The Augustinian Abbey was founded in the Middle Ages, , and remains [the Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse] can still be seen. Henry VIII dissolved the abbey in 1539. The church became a Cathedral in 1542. The new nave was built in 1860s. Two towers and the interior were built in the early 20th century. Inside the Cathedral can be seen beautiful...

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  • @Bristol

    Bristol Things to Do

    @Bristol is a learning experience for children and adults alike. There is a planetarium [£1.50 extra]. whether you are interested in humans , DNA, water, physics and electricity or just want to animate , there is plenty to do. Entry fees are not cheap but worth it. We paid £ 30 for an adult, a concession and a child. We paid a gift fee that gave us...

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  • St. Mary Redcliffe Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Bristol Things to Do

    This Gothic Church is known as 'The fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England.' by Queen Elizabeth I. The church's features are its 18th century ironwork, beautiful stained glass and organ. It was originally a central point during the peak of the city's shipping and industry history over a number of centuries. The Port of...

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  • Bristol Zoo Gardens

    4 out of 5 stars

    Bristol Things to Do

    I know opinions are divided about zoos but if you're going to have them then the Bristol Zoological Gardens is one of the best. First founded in 1835 it is the fifth oldest zoo in the world but it hasn't stayed in the past. You get the overall feeling that the animals are well cared for and some of the enclosures - particularly the themed coastal...

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  • NOT Bristol!

    Bristol Things to Do

    Stonehege is of course world-famous and like a true Brit local I've never visited it, although I have seen it from the road. All that tourist infrasructure thing isn't to my taste: leaves no room for the imagination to work. STANTON DREW s another kettle of fish entirely. There are actually the remains of three stone circles here, plus a couple...

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  • Queen Square

    Bristol Things to Do

    Queen Square is situated in the Old City where people relax and sometimes public events are held. It was once a sought after residential address before the development of Clifton in the 19th Century. Today, most of the buildings are offices. The site was known as the Town Marsh which was built at the end of the 17th Century until the beginning of...

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  • M Shed including John King tugboat and...

    Bristol Things to Do

    Next to Bristol's Floating Harbour in a massive industrial warehouse is Bristol's newest attraction, the "M Shed". It opened in June 2011. Entry is FREE! I can only think "M" stands for "Museum", but this is one of the new style of museum, a people's collection of things about the city of Bristol. There are sections for 'Bristol Places', 'Bristol...

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  • Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura and...

    Bristol Things to Do

    On my way to see Suspension bridge I walked through this nice park (pic 1) at the Observatory hill. Where the bus dropped me I noticed the nice Christ church(pic 2) and then I walked up the hill to check the Observatory and Camera Obscura. The Clifton Observatory (pics 3-4) was originally a snuff mill destroyed by a gale in 1777. In 1828 William...

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  • Clifton and Durdham Downs

    Bristol Things to Do

    Once a separate village, actually a medieval town that was damaged by prince Rupert in the 17th century during the civil war, in our days Clifton village is a beautiful district of Bristol. We loved walking around and admire the pretty Georgian houses and we stroll around several small stops with nice but expensive items. There were also many art...

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  • St. Nicholas Market

    Bristol Things to Do

    Corn Street was part always the market area in Bristol, and like Broad Street was one of the four original streets of the city. Originally traders had their stalls in these street; the Exchange was then built in 1741-3 for corn and general trade, with St Nicholas Market being built next to it in 1743 for the sale of fruit and veg. It is all now St...

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  • Blaise Castle and Blaise Hamlet

    Bristol Things to Do

    This isn't actually a castle but a folly on top of a tree covered hill. It's a lovely walk to reach it, through woods with a stream and an old mill. There's lots of parkland to have a picnic, kick a ball around, a playground and there used to be a miniature train that you caould have a ride on but maybe that's not there now. The house is used for...

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  • Llandoger Trow pub

    Bristol Things to Do

    This historic pub is one of the oldest in Bristol and was originally built in 1664. Fully restored it's a fascinating place to visit for a drink or a meal. There are many legends about the building and it's also said to be haunted.

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  • Balloon Fiesta and Ballooning

    Bristol Things to Do

    Every second weekend of august Bristol celebretes The Balloon Fiesta, all kinds of balloon over Bristol sky. Is the biggest concetration in all Europe. Sky has a different colour theses days. Si visitas Bristol a mediados de Agosto no puedes dejar de visitar el Balloon fiesta, una de las mayores concentraciones o la mayor concentración de globos...

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  • Matthew Replica Ship

    Bristol Things to Do

    In 1497 John Cabot and his crew set sail for Asia aboard the original Matthew hoping to trade goods and commodities with the people who lived there. However, he actually arrived on the coast of Newfoundland becoming the first European known to have set foot on the American mainland, not Christopher Columbus as most people believe. Today the...

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  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

    Bristol Things to Do

    Bristol City Museum hasn't really got any drop-dead unmissable exhibits, but it's certainly well worth a visit, particularly if you're interested in the history of the city: not only are there old maps showing the development of Bristol from the 12th century onwards but also there are many paintings of local subjects in the collection of paintings...

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  • Red Lodge Museum

    Bristol Things to Do

    The Red Lodge is one of those small but exquisite places. Its a Tudor house dating from around 1580, and its glory is the three oak-panlled rooms on the first floor, which are all as built. The largest room is particularly impressive, with it's huge fireplace carved from Bath stone. ornate panelling and original ceiling with plasterwork...

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  • Arnolfini Gallery

    Bristol Things to Do

    The Arnolfini Gallery is a publicly-funded art gallery occupying a converted Victorian warehouse at the end of Narrow Quay. Apart from it's programme of art exhibitions spread across gallery spaces on three floors, they also run a programme of films and performance events. The exhibitions are generally of interest, and additionally they have a good...

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  • Temple Church of the Holy Cross -...

    Bristol Things to Do

    I had two reasons for wanting to visit Bristol; the first was The Hatchet Inn and the second The Temple Church. In 1145 The Knight Templar were given land in the east of Redcliffe (where Bristol Temple Meads Station is up to the floating harbor near to Castle Park) and on the spot where the church is now they built a oval shaped Temple Church. In...

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  • Bristol Packet Boat Trips

    Bristol Things to Do

    Bristol Packet Boat Trips offer a variety of cruises and boats are available for hire. I participated in the City Docks Tour which is approximately 1.5 hours around the Floating Harbour. Tickets and Boats are available either Bristol Packet Pontoon Watershed or Wapping Wharf. The tour was interesting and informative and I learnt a lot about life...

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  • Castle Park aka Green including St....

    Bristol Things to Do

    Castle Park is the largest green space in the city centre, it is a popular spot for picnics during the summer when we actually get some sun there was none when we visited just drizzle so we had a quick look around. Within the park are the remains of Bristol Castle which was built by the Normans and demolished on the orders of Oliver Cromwell in...

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  • Christmas Steps Arts Quarter

    Bristol Things to Do

    At the top of The Christmas Steps, are The Fosters Almhouses, with some interesting architectural features. Adjacent to these Almhouses is The Chapel of the Three Kings of Cologne which dates back to 1490. Apparently, this is the only example in Bristol of the Burgundian style, which according to the literature I found, is a picturesque 19th...

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  • The Hatchet Inn

    Bristol Things to Do

    The Hatchet Inn is one of if not The Oldest Pub in Bristol. It has a great history and this old Tudor timbered house has probably the finest facade in Bristol although the interior has been ripped out and nothing much of note remains. The Inn dates from 1606 and the building probably earlier than that but it has undergone some significant...

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  • St. John the Baptist Church and Gate

    Bristol Things to Do

    The City of Bristol was once encircled by a defensive wall. The last remnant of the City Wall, St John's Gate, is situated at the end of Broad Street. It was originally a single gateway; two archways to either side of the main one were knocked through in 1820. Niches contain two figures, and these represent the mythical founders of Bristol, Brennus...

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  • Christ Church

    Bristol Things to Do

    Christ Church on Broad St has a great clock, it's 18th century quarterjacks that the famous Poet (in poetry circles) Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843) who was baptised in the church used to stop and watch when he was a boy.

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  • Edward Everard's former print works

    Bristol Things to Do

    Full blown Art Nouveau buildings are a bit of a rarety in England, so the Edward Everard print works building at the bottom of Broad Street (on your left as you come through the city gate on Quay Street) is noteworthy. Its facade is exuberantly tiled, a central angel (the 'spirit of literature) flanked by Gutenberg and William Morris (as a champion...

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  • The Council House

    Bristol Things to Do

    Since the officially opening in 1956 The Council House has been Bristol's civic centre and seat of local government and situated on College Green near the Cathedral. The listed building was designed by Vincent Harris before World War II and built afterwards. It renowned for its architectural features with the ceremonial entrance overlooking the...

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  • Temple Meads Train Station

    Bristol Things to Do

    Bristol Temple Meads station is a fantastic construction, built in a bizarre style I'd call Tudoresque or maybe High Victorian Camp. The great IKB called it Gothic. Whatever, it's certainly decorative. Unfortunately the most important and spectacular part of the building isn't accessible to the public. This is the original booking hall for the...

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  • St. Stephen's Church

    Bristol Things to Do

    Just off Corn Street, on St Stephen's Avenue, is this 15th century church. It was originally built in the 14th century, on the site of an 11th century church, and was rebuilt in 1470. The tower is unusually narrow, measuring only 18ft by 20ft at the base, yet rising to a height of 152ft; it is a combination of typical Somerset and Gloucestershire...

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  • Bristol Blue Glassworks

    Bristol Things to Do

    Watching Bristol Blue glass being made. you can see this being made in the mornings at the address below. Bristol Blue glass is very expensive and has a hue all of its own, to see this being made in the City is a real treat as it is all blown by hand.

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  • Pellegrino's Fish and Chip Shop

    Bristol Things to Do

    This fish and chip shop, which pompously styles itself a "fried fish and chipped potato bar", finds its way into all the tourist literature. It's remarkable not so much for its food, which isn't all that special (fish kept in warming cabinets instead of cooked to order), but for the lovely old building, cunningly hidden behind a 1970s...

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  • Easton Arts Trail - one weekend in June...

    Bristol Things to Do

    A yearly event, there are also Totterdown and North Bristol trails at different times of the year, where artist's homes, community centres and churches are opened up to the public for viewing local art. In 2011 it was on the 18th & 19th June and we covered nearly every of the 33 venues. New to the trail this year was a front garden competition but...

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  • Portwall pub

    Bristol Things to Do

    Regular readers of my pages will know that I rarely visit a town or city and do not recommend a pub or bar. No, I am not advocating excessive or irresponsible drinking but the British pub is such an integral part of life that it seems idiotic not to include them in my tips. I had arrived in Bristol too early to check into my hotel and fancied a...

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  • Hippodrome Theatre

    Bristol Things to Do

    The Bristol Hippodrome is celebrating its 100th year in 2012 it is still the place in the South West that gets the majority of the large London shows as it's far enough away with access to large enough audience numbers. I've seen Hairspray, Monty Python's Holy Grail, Dara O'Brian, Phantom of the Opera and am looking forwards to seeing the Lion...

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  • Architecture Centre

    Bristol Things to Do

    Whilst wandering about Bristol I happened across the Architecture Centre by accident as I had never heard of it. I visited it, I have subsequently read the website and I am still not quite sure exactly what it is. It seems to hover somewhere between art gallery, educational resource, centre for architecture professionals and conference centre....

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  • Botanic Garden @ University of Bristol

    Bristol Things to Do

    Wildwalk at Bristol’s botanical house takes you on a journey through plant evolution and the first transitions to land that occurred 500 million years ago. As you wind your way through its steamy interior you will learn of plants intricate structures, their extraordinary adaptations and of the communities that are dependent on them. All among free...

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  • Ice Rink - closed 2012

    Bristol Things to Do

    bristol ice rink is great fun for every 1, it has different themed nights, and also hockey matches to watch. theres also a bar and resturant there. Address: Bristol Ice Rink, Frogmore Street, Bristol. BS1 5NA

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  • British Empire and Commonwealth Museum -...

    Bristol Things to Do

    Nowhere is better placed than Bristol to accommodate this museum since the city has seen so much in the way of maritime history, taking Britons all over the world and using Bristol as the hub for slave trade and such events. The museum is quite new and presents lifestyles and history from many commonwealth countries.

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  • Ashton Court Estate

    Bristol Things to Do

    The beautiful stone gateway caught our eyes, so we drove through an avenue of mature trees to enter a beautiful park and golf course. Because it was a lovely day, kite fliers were also out . The current estate is about 850 acres of woodland and meadows with free entry and free parking (except during some of the large events). It has a mixture of...

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  • St. Nicholas Church Museum

    Bristol Things to Do

    Close to Bristol Brige, you will find many churches in Bristol's old town. Some of them were destroyed and left as a mounment, some of them are not in use anymore. One of the churches I saw was St. Nicholas, which is the closest one to the bridge. St. Nicholas is a medieval church with its crypt dating from the 13th century. Like many other...

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  • Cabot Statue

    Bristol Things to Do

    Situated on Narrow Quay close by the Arnolfini Arts Cantre (see seperate tip) is a bronze statue of a man sitting staring pensively out over the Floating Harbour to sea. What is he thinking of? Well, if you will excuse the personification, he is dreaming of a voyage, a voyage of discovery, a voyage to the far side of the world and into totally...

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  • Cary Grant Statue

    Bristol Things to Do

    Cary Grant or Archie Leach, as it is his real name, was born and raised in Bristol. You have to excuse the quality of the picture but it was dark!!! His statue (at last) is next to the @Bristol in Watershed. He is tall and I mean really tall. I am 1.72m and he is much taller than me as you can see. We are used of short stars of Hollywood nowadays,...

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