Accommodation and travel ideas in Bristol
Bristol, the second largest shipping port outside London, is built around the confluence of the rivers Avon and Frome and is home to Brunel's famous Clifton suspension bridge. Home to elusive street artist Banks, It is a very culturally alive city with endless displays of the arts, theatre and music and is seen as the gateway to the West Country. Its Floating Harbour is deemed the jewel in Bristol's Crown but there are certain historical treats amongst the medieval elements of 'Old Bristol'.
What to do
A visit to Bristol would not be complete without a trip to the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, since 1864 it has been a prominent, defining feature of the Bristol skyline. Operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust this grade 1 listed bridge offers an educational and inspiring day out, the free Visitor Centre is open from 10 am to 5 pm every day and perfectly accommodates both adults and children. A climb to the observatory hill provides a breathtaking view of the River Avon and a chance to glimpse some of Bristol’s wonderful wildlife. A fantastic day for all the family- provided you’re not afraid of heights! Named the great grandmother of modern ships, SS Great Britain is one of the world’s most important historic ships. Open 362 days of the year SS Great Britain offers a fantastic chance to experience the sights, smells and sounds of life at sea during the 19th century. Explore the educational Dockyard museum and learn the stories of the crew - if you’re brave enough there is even the chance to climb the rigging!
Where to stay
The more historic, luuxry hotels and bed and breakfasts will be towards the centre and 'Old Town' but there are a decent range of hotels throughout the city along with more rural hotels and B&Bs to stay at within easy reach of the city, especially down towards the West Country. There is also a good range of University accommodation which offers budget friendly rooms as an alternative to a Bath B&B or hostel. It's not just for students, anyone can enjoy staying in university residences so you can now really soak up the historic atmosphere. Overall, there is a good range of bed and breakfast accommodation.