Destination: Bristol

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Large city with a great history and plenty to do for all the family

Bristol

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Introducing Bristol


Bristol's most famous son is Isambad Kingdom Brunel the greatest Victorian designer and architect, building railways, bridges, steam boats and the SS Great Britain culminating in his finest work - the Clifton Suspension bridge. Bristol has played an extremely important role in sea trade for hundreds of years, and the harbour is still at the centre of the city today. In recent years the Harbourside has undergone an impressive development, which includes new science and nature discovery centres and IMAX cinema and plenty of trendy restaurants as well as good nightlife. You can take a boat to explore the city's historic waterways. King Street is both picturesque and lively and includes the Theatre Royal – the oldest continuously working theatre in Britain. In Central Bristol Broadmead and Cabot Circus are where you'll find an array of high street names and department stores to fulfill all your shopping needs.

Bristol

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Region: South West England

Time to spend here: half to 1 day

More Information: www.visitbristol.co.uk

What's nearby? Bath and Wells, The Cotswolds, Somerset

What transport do you recommend? Bristol has a main rail station. The city centre is accessible on foot and a good bus service runs around the area.

Did you know? The worlds first chocolate bar was made in Bristol by Joseph Fry in the late 1720's.

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SS Great Britain

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The SS Great Britain was the world's first ocean going propeller driven iron ship. Brunel's historic vessel, restored to her former glory, can be seen in the dockyard where she was built back in 1843.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

At-Bristol Science Centre

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At – Bristol is great fun for kids and adults alike. You can learn all about science in our world, visit the curiosity zone, understand about flight, visit a planetarium and become an animator for the day and see the latest 'Wallace and Gromit exhibition.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

City Museum and Art Gallery

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The City Museum and Art Gallery has excellent collections of archaeology, geology natural history and art, all housed in a grand Edwardian baroque building.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Arnolfini Arts Centre

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The Arnolfini Arts Centre is one of Europe's leading contemporary Arts Centre's. It has 5 exhibition spaces and continually hosts all forms of art, dance, media and music in this free to enter centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The New Room

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The New Room is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world (originally built in 1739 by John Wesley) and used by the early Methodists as a meeting place and the centre for helping and educating the needy members of the community.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Clifton is a leafy suburb of Bristol with fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture. It is the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon gorge amidst delightful rolling countryside which most come to see. Designed by Bristol's great Victorian engineer Brunel the bridge has become symbolic to Bristol and is a must do attraction . The Bridge visitor centre is also open and free to enter.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Cheddar Gorge

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Cheddar Gorge is a stunning series of limestone caverns. The caves were used for storing cheese, possibly as long ago as prehistoric times. Today you can tour the caves, or walk to explore the natural delights of the area home to Peregrine falcons, kestrels, and buzzards which nest in the gorge, and climb the 274 steps of Jacob's ladder for excellent views of the gorge.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Oakham Treasures

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Oakham Treasures near Portbury is one of the largest privately owned museums of retail and farming history in Britain. The vast collection of memorabilia from the last century includes vintage tractors and thousands of items displayed in the historic sweet shop, grocery store and chemist to help you on your nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Bristol Zoo Gardens

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Bristol Zoo Gardens is the 5th oldest zoo in the world and one of Britain's biggest and best. It's a wonderful day out for the whole family with animals from all over the world and a great conservation programme.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Clifton Observatory, Camera Obscura, Cave

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An iconic piece of English Heritage, this old museum offers phenomenal 360 degree views looking down on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and is one of only two working Camera Obsura's in the UK. The nearby Giant's cave is included in the visit (children under 4 not permitted) of this famous landmark.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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