With a plethora of world-class attractions, Bristol is not only an economic hub but a touristic hub as well. The best time to visit is in the summer when major festivals are held in the city. The city, also known as the unofficial capital of the West Country of England, is famous for its Victorian architecture, underground music, food, street art, and much more. The city boasts some of England’s marquee tourist attractions which includes the likes of Clifton Suspension, Cheddar Gorge [England’s very own canyon], and the ocean liner Brunel’s SS.
Seamless Internal Transport Network-The city is the perfect amalgamation of modern transport networks like local buses and trains, and the more orthodox measures like cycles and bikes. Furthermore, the presence of two principal railway stations makes transportation a whole lot easier.
Places to visit:
Located in the South-West region of England, Bristol is ranked 4th in England’s top visitor destinations. Let’s find out why:
Brunel’s SS Great Britain:
Rescued & restored from rust and wreckage in 1970, the Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the world’s first ocean liner of its kind. Step on board this time machine and engulf in the history of this steamship, which was the premier iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. If you’re a sucker for antiques, this destination is bound to satisfy your senses!
Bristol Old Vic:
Open all year, this is a monumental institution satisfying tourists for more than seven decades now. Originally built in the year 1766, it has now taken centre stage as the baton bearer of the city’s rich artistic culture. It is the home to many award winning classics and universally renowned productions like ‘Hamlet’ and ‘A Man For All Seasons’.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta:
Bristol plays host to a wide array of festivals, but when it comes to sheer pleasure and orgasmic fun, The International Balloon Fiesta tops the rest. It is held annually in August, where budding teams from across the globe come together to participate in high spirits. It’s a competition for them, but a treat to the eyes of all the visitors, who bear witness to hundreds of captivating air balloons in the impeccable skyline.
Clifton Suspension Bridge:
Have you ever noticed that all beautiful cities in the world possess a suspension bridge? Well, Bristol is no exception! Opened for public use in the year 1864, it was the brainchild of a crafty Victorian Engineer. The official spot for the handover of the Olympic Torch Relay, the bridge is a must-visit spot for all architecture aficionados.
Embark on an enchanting journey into the rich aquatic life breathing in the city through the much-coveted Bristol Aquarium. The highlight of the aquarium is the coral-seas display, which enables visitors to bask in the pleasures of the closest undersea encounters possible. Through the underwater walkthrough tunnel and the glass cavern, you can witness the aquatic safari in all its glory.
Having been officially deemed as UK’s first cycling city, Bristol is the-place-to-be for cyclists and strollers as there is an abundance of street art, statuettes, and greenery dispersed beautifully across the city. Right from the musicals in the Brewery Theatre, to the classical pubs and bars, to the myriad of festivals in the city – you couldn’t possibly ask for more. After all that has been said and done, it would be safe to say that Bristol is one of the finest cities in the country’s extensive repertoire. It’s time to update your itineraries!