City Guide: Bristol

Spanning the Avon River in Southwest England, Bristol boasts of a rich maritime history going back almost a millennium. Bristol, which shares its borders with Gloucester, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset, used to be the most favoured harbour for early expeditions to the Americas and Oceania. If you are planning a trip to Bristol, you are assured of the time of your life as the city offers more than 150 attractions.

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Here are some of the top attractions to visit in Bristol.

Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower is a 130-year old, 105ft column situated in the striking and elegant parkland on Brandon Hill in West End. The pillar is a Grade-II listed structure constructed in the 1890s to honour John Cabot, an Italian explorer and navigator.

John Cabot was the first European navigator to discover the coast of North America in 1497. Should you wish to soak in the breathtaking views of the city, climb to the tower top.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Your trip to Bristol is incomplete without a visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The Suspension Bridge is easily the most popular tourist hotspot in Bristol. Taking a walk from one end of the bridge to the other offers some astounding views of the Gorge as well as enchanting vistas of the city.

Make sure you visit the site at night to soak in the views of the gorgeously illuminated bridge.

Harbourside

The Bristol Harbour is another attractive and picturesque spot that should be on your must-visit list. Take a leisurely stroll across the riverfront to enjoy the sights and sounds of the surroundings. The centuries-old warehouses and piers have been refurbished and restored, lending a contemporary feel to the area.

You can also step inside the At-Bristol Science Centre, Arnolfini Visual Arts, Music, and Performance Centre, and the Bristol Aquarium on your way back.

The Downs

When you feel exhausted after going around Bristol, you can take a long break in the Downs. The Downs, comprising the Durdham Down and Clifton Down, are massive protected parklands adjacent to Clifton Village, and close to Clifton Suspension Bridge. You can unwind on the verdant plains or take a leisurely stroll.

Queen’s Road and Park Street

Queen’s Road and Park Street are two major thoroughfares in Bristol that are home to numerous restaurants, clubs, pubs, bookshops and trendy boutiques.

If you start from the base of Park Street and keep walking, you’ll get spectacular views of the College Green and the Bristol Cathedral. Going further, the artwork, ‘Well Hung Man’, created by the renowned graffiti artist Banksy, comes into view.

The ascent to the top of Park Street is somewhat steep but if you manage to reach the peak, you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramas of Bristol. Trudging along you reach Queen’s Road where you can visit ‘The Royal West Academy’ that houses a good collection of drawings and paintings.

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