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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Hop aboard your City Sightseeing open-air bus from any of the 20 routed stops that are conveniently situated around the city. Take a seat inside or on the open-air top deck then sit back and relax as you ride through Oxford home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world.With your 24- or 48-hour ticket choose to stay on the bus for the entire loop or hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the city’s sights. See the Itinerary for a list of stops. As you travel plug into the informative audio commentary and admire the timeworn honey-colored buildings.Perhaps hop off at the New Road stop to visit Oxford Castle. Learn how the medieval Norman castle was mostly destroyed during the English Civil War
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Entrance Ticket to Brunel's ss Great Britain
"The entrance ticket to Brunel's SS Great Britain allows you to explore cabins saloons and access all areas of the ship to take in the sights sounds and smells of a Victorian voyage. Climb the rigging dress up in Victorian costumes and see a working replica of the engine. Head below the ship where desert-like conditions preserve the hull. Don’t miss the Dockyard Museum which takes visitors through a million miles spent at sea and 170 years of fascinat you will be able to purchase a dockyard companion which will give you more information about your visitor experience and the SS Great Britain’s fascinating history.Descend ‘under water’ in the Dry Dock to see the spectacular sights of the ship’s and the high-tech glass ‘sea’ now protecting the oldest iron hull in the world. Follow this with a visit to the Dockyard Museum where you can view archive film footage which captures the excitement and emotion of the SS Great Britain’s homecoming. Here you can also take the time to discover the highs and lows of the ship’s dramatic history
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"Bath Stonehenge and The English Countryside Day Tour from London ""Leave London in the morning and beat the crowds to Stonehenge. Enjoy informative commentary along the way with the assistance of your knowledgeable guide. Arrive at Stonehenge and enjoy a walk around the ancient monoliths before it gets too busy. Take a admire the architecture and see the famous Pultney Bridge. Visit the Royal Crescent the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey (own expense). Try one of the many restaurants available for lunch. Ask your guide for a recommendation. Leave Bath to return to London arriving at approximately 6:30pm."""
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Balloon Fiesta and Ballooning Tips (8)

Balloon fiesta

If you are around Bristol in the middle of August try not to miss that!!! Is the Balloon Festival that has been one of the most popular fiestas of the summer all around the S/West of England. You can even have the chance to fly with one of these!!!
You can contact the Bristol Balloon Flights to fly with one of these...
See Bristol from above!!!

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Apr 27, 2003

The Bristol Balloon Festival...

The Bristol Balloon Festival at Ashton Court (about 2 miles from the City Centre)is held annually.
The dates of the Fiesta are the 8th to the 11th of August 2002
Founded in 1978 when Don Cameron, owner of the World's largest balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, decided to create an event that would draw together balloonists from around the world.

With a total of 117 flights made from Ashton Court, the first Bristol Balloon Fiesta proved to be a roaring success, paving the way for future fiestas.

From this small beginning, the Fiesta has grown year after year, flourishing into what has become Europe's largest hot air balloon festival. This 24th year the Fiesta promises to be the best Bristol Balloon Fiesta yet, with some 150 balloons attending and expected crowds of over 500,000 people

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Aug 26, 2002

Balloon Fiesta Nightglow

Every summer, The Ashton Court Estate hosts the biggest Air Balloon Fiesta in Europe.

The opening night is called The Nightglow. At sunset, a number of balloons are tethered and inflated - then classical music is played an the burners are lit in time with the music....for me it's the best part of the whole weekend.

Aug 24, 2002

Balloons over Bristol

A great day out - for the whole family, and free!

The Balloon Fiesta is in mid-August every year (2005 dates are 11-14 August) You will need to pay for parking - £5 in 2004, alternatively take a bus (hourly service no 60 from central Bristol (Temple Meads Station) price £4 adult retrun £2.50 child return in 2004), or bike it!

Night glow on the first night is magical (burners are lit in time to music after dark)

There are loads of stalls for all ages and many of the major companies in the area run hospitality tents for their customers with associated free activities

There is usually a major sponsor - last year it was IKEA, who also had a special balloon
Some of the live acts are amazing - music, dance, comedy, trapeze artists, you name it.

Ascents are usually at 0600 or 1800 and are weather dependent, if the forecast is for high (>10mph) winds a mass ascent is usually cancelled - so check the forecast.

Best time to arrive is early afternoon (about 1400), take in the stalls and position yourselves on the grass banks around the launch site by about 1700.

Portable seats or rugs a good idea, as is a picnic, although the food on offer isn't just burgers - curry, health food, world food

After the ascent try the fairground, usually right next door, but rides are pricey and watch your money!

A really good day out for kids of all ages

Dec 05, 2004
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Hot Air balloons

Nothing better than driving to work on a summer's morning and seeing several balloons floating along.
Also the night glow before the Balloon Fiesta is really lovely.
Also the Fiesta itself with all the different shaped balloons taking off en masse. Some years we're lucky enough to have them sail over our house, often low enough to talk to the people in the baskets!

Jun 25, 2004

balloon fiesta

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 de toda europa. Los hay de todas las formas tamaños y colores. Lo bonito es verlos volar todos juntos, el cielo tiene un colorido distinto.

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Dec 01, 2005

I would also recommend...

I would also recommend visiting the following: Blaise Castle, Arnolfini Arts centre, @Bristol (A Science & Nature experience & an IMAX theatre), teh Bristol Balloon Fiesta (at Ashton Court if you are here in August, check for dates).

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Aug 25, 2002

Balloon on a string

We could see this large tied down balloon from our hotel window. I think you could go up and get a bird's eye view of the city.

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