Welcome to Bristol, a city that has successfully combined its unique maritime and architectural heritage with some excellent tourist attractions, shopping and entertainment. By far the best way to discover Bristol is to wander the streets and marvel at the medieval, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary architecture. Or take a ferryboat and view the city from the harbour, which gives an entirely different perspective of Bristol.
The Bristol Guild is the place to head for pieces by Bristol artists and look out for Bristol Blue glassware which is manufactured by hand in the city. It is impossible to ignore the works of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in Bristol. Visitors arriving by train via London are travelling on his Great Western Railway and pass en route the Box Tunnel, a stupendous piece of engineering. Bristol is home to Temple Meads Old Station, the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which now has its own fascinating Visitor Centre.
Bristol also has an abundance of open spaces to enjoy, set near the Cheddar Gorge and the thickly wooded slopes of the Avon gorge, which reaches almost into the heart of the city. One of Bristol’s highlights, is its heritage estates, such as Ashton Court, Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court.
For those who enjoy walking or cycling, Bristol is linked to Bath by cycle path, which follows the course of the old Midland Railway, and a walkway, which follows the course of the river Avon. Visitors can take a journey into the pre-history of Wiltshire; discover the attractions of Stonehenge and Avebury, with a detour to the cathedral city of Salisbury as well as the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal.
Bristol is the ideal touring base, within easy reach of the Cotswolds, South Wales, the Somerset countryside and coast and the mysterious and ancient landscape of Wessex.