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Things to do in Bristol

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The top 18 attractions in Bristol

Historical Monuments in Bristol
Clifton Suspension Bridge
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This is possibly the most picturesque place to be found in the city of Bristol, along with the park where the cathedral is located. It is situated in the wealthy district of Clifton. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a point that you can not miss during a visit to Bristol. The best view of the bridge is obtained from the top of the nearby cliff, next to the observatory, or from the Avon Gorge Hotel, where you can contemplate the views while sipping an aperitif on the lovely terrace. It is also a great place to visit at night because the neighborhood is quiet, and the bridge is all lit up, so you can enjoy it without any distractions.
Gardens in Bristol
Castle Park
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Castle Park is located in the center of the city of Bristol. It is a relatively new park, in which there are important archaeological remains, and which is the largest green space in the city center, with large trees where the past and future merge. It is open all year round and admission is free, try it, however the remains of bottle parties are almost everywhere, the truth is that a good cleaning would not come amiss. Inside the park is the medieval castle, of which just some walls and four stones scattered in 2 areas are left, not much to see really. You can also see the Church of Saint Peter, typically Anglican, well maintained on the outside, but inside it is completely destroyed. It is a good area to take a walk through in this the city, combining nature and history.
Train Stations in Bristol
Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station
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Bristol Temple Meads railway station is one of the most important railway stations in the entire country. The first part of the station name refers to the remains of the Temple church, built by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century, rebuilt in the fourteenth century, then destroyed by bombs in the Second World War, which can be seen beside the station. The word Meads comes from Old English, and refers to the nearby plain of the River Avon.
Cathedrals in Bristol
Bristol Cathedral
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This Cathedral was founded in the twelfth century as an abbey. Over the years it became more and more important and in the year 1542 it was declared a cathedral. It is available for concerts, performing arts, and various artistic activities. It has a chapter, a cloister and a beautiful garden.
Bars in Bristol
The Coronation Tap
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This is a small pub tucked away, near the Suspension Bridge. In addition to daily live music (especially jazz and rock), it serves a unique cider, called Exhibition Cider, which is probably one of the best (and the strongest at almost 12%) ciders to try. It's served at room temperature in half pints. A must!
Roads in Bristol
The Route to Bristol
The route that you should follow to Bristol, one of the largest in the Southwest of Britain, fills you with pleasure as you alternate between "story-tale" villages and rocky coastal marine with waves crashing against the shore. Whether you're in a car or on a bus tour, be sure to get off to take photos or go to an inn for a beer, it's an experience before reaching your destination.
Of Cultural Interest in Bristol
University of Bristol
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This prestigious university was opened in 1876. One interesting point to note is that it was the first university in the country to accept both men and women on an equal basis. Undoubtedly the prestige and reputation of this university grew significantly in 1903, with the help of Winston Churchill, who managed to turn it into an institution with a formidable force and an unparalleled academic quality, characteristics that it still retains to this day. Among its students is the actress Emily Watson, who studied here. It is not permitted to visit the university if you are not a student, you can only visit the fabulous entrance, where there is a rope that keeps you from entering. I slipped a little and managed to take a picture :) The site is really impressive, outside it looks like a cathedral. It is a landmark building in this beautiful city.
Churches in Bristol
Buckingham Baptist Chapel
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The Buckingham Baptist Chapel is a church located in the ​​Clifton neighborhood of the English city of Bristol. It was designed in 1842 by Richard Shakleton Pope and is now part of the English Heritage organization. It is an independent church, but currently it is not in use. Its facade is beautiful.
Museums in Bristol
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
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The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery located in the center of Bristol. The museum part of the building is divided into various sections such as Natural History, International Archaeology and Local Industry. The art gallery shows works by many artists from various periods of history. The attractive building is built in the Edwardian Baroque style of architecture, and is on the list of English Heritage sites.
Churches in Bristol
Christ Church
Also known as Clifton Christ Church, this is the main church in the neighborhood of Clifton in Bristol. It stands just 300 m from the famous Chain Bridge, and has a magnificent garden in front. I was impressed by the beauty of this church, which looks more like a cathedral or basilica.
Universities in Bristol
The Victoria Rooms
Victoria Rooms is a beautiful building in the center of Bristol and houses the Music Department of the University of Bristol. Built in a purely Gothic style, the "Vic Rooms" (as they are commonly known) have been open since 1841. The auditorium has a capacity of nearly 800 people.
Museums in Bristol
Blaise Castle House Museum
The house was built in 1796 by one of the magnates of the city of Bristol, John Scandrett Harford. It is currently a museum. It has extensive gardens and trails where one can appreciate the magnitude of this architectural work.
Palaces in Bristol
Wills Memorial Building
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The Willis Memorial Building is a neo-Gothic building on Queens Road, one of the major arteries of the city of Bristol. The iconic building houses the Law School of the University of Bristol.
Of Touristic Interest in Bristol
Watershed
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I live close to this place in Bristol and I always love to walk around it, because it is crowded but you can find as well with the water and channels a relaxing and calm city.
Of Cultural Interest in Bristol
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, in Bristol, England.
Of Touristic Interest in Bristol
Markets in Bristol
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Zoos in Bristol
Bristol Zoo
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Bristol Zoo was founded in 1836. Its gardens are focused on conservation and animal growth. It has been home to a high number of animal reproductions, highlighting their preservation work and care of endangered species.
Activities in Bristol
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The best things to do in Bristol

So you're wondering what to do in Bristol? Don't worry, this city
with its bohemian and youthful atmosphere
has a lot to offer travelers
who visit. One of the best places to visit in Bristol is the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Over 100 years old, it has become a true symbol of the city, so without a doubt, a trip across the bridge is one of the top things to do in Bristol.

In this unique city, the modern urban side sits alongside the more traditional part, rich in heritage but also in beauty. In short, there are Bristol attractions for people of all tastes! Bristol Cathedral is one of the top things to see in Bristol if you'd like to learn a little more of its history and legacy. Other top
attractions in Bristol include the Church of Saint Mary Redcliffe, a small Gothic-style church near the port. If you're traveling with children, there are plenty of family-friendly Bristol activities
such as the MShed Museum, an interactive museum about the city, and @Bristol, a fun science museum.

Art lovers will also find lots of stuff to do in Bristol. There are many galleries, such as the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a place which contrasts classical art with more modern alternatives. And after a long day of tourism, there are plenty of bars and pubs, places to enjoy music and the lively atmosphere of the city.