Top attractions of Bristol

Bristol Cathedral, photo by heatheronhertravels/Flickr

Bristol is a great place to visit! It is one of the most attractive cities in Southwest England. It is also an important cultural and educational centre of the region. The city lies between the counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. The River Avon flows through Bristol and the city has a short coastline. There are numerous attractions and things to do here. If you decide to visit Bristol, you surely won’t be bored, as there are so many things to see in this spectacular city, that you won’t even be able to visit them all. It is always a hard task to decide which attractions to visit and which not. To help you choose the best ones and make an unforgettable holiday, I will present you the top attractions of Bristol.


Bristol Cathedral


Known as Bristol Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is one of the top attractions and most beautiful landmarks of the city. It was built and modified all over the years between 1220 and 1877. The cathedral is spectacular and a must-see of the city. Being a Gothic cathedral, it is beautifully decorated. There are numerous impressive monuments inside the building which commemorate notable personalities relating to the history of the cathedral. Two magnificent towers are linked to the building, between which is an impressive entrance arch. The cathedral is worth visiting, especially for those who love religious buildings.


Bristol Cathedral, photo by heatheronhertravels/Flickr


Bristol Museum and Art Gallery


The museum is an interesting and fantastic attraction of the city. There are nineteen spectacular galleries on three floors. The galleries are home to interesting collections relating to natural history, art, archeology and geology. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a wonderful Edwardian building. On the ground floor there are exhibitions of natural history dating from the ancient Egypt. The first floor houses collections relating to geology and fantastic dinosaur galleries. Impressive art galleries can be found on the second floor. There are also family-friendly areas; kids will simply adore it. The museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 17:00, on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. The admission is free. (August 2012)


Brunel’s ss Great Britain


It is an impressive steam ship which can be found in Bristol harbor. The ship is a national treasure, being the first ocean liner in the world. Visitors can get on the board and admire the ship, from its fantastic dining saloon to the steerage. You can even admire the underwater life below magnificent glass. Children will also love it, as there are storytelling programs. It is open every day, except the 24th and 25th of December and the second Monday in January. It is open from 10:00 to 17:30, from October to March it closes at 16:30. Ticket prices are the following: for adults £12.50, for children (5-17 year olds) £6.25 and for children under 5 it is free. (August 2012)


Clifton Suspension Bridge


The bridge is worldwide famous. The construction of it began in 1831 and was finished in 1864. Clifton Suspension Bridge is set on the magnificent cliffs of Avon Gorge. It is a remarkable symbol of the city and a must-see attraction. The bridge is visited by thousands of tourists every year. There is also a visitor centre near the bridge. It is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00. (August 2012) There are guided tours which are available for the price of £3. Free guided tours are also available on weekends, starting at 15:00, from April to October. (August 2012)


Clifton Suspension Bridge, photo by ChodHound/Flickr




This fantastic attraction is a great day out for the whole family, being an interactive science centre. It was voted in 2011 Visitor Attraction of the Year, being considered one of the United Kingdom’s best science centres. There are spectacular exhibitions and interactive shows at At-Bristol. The fantastic Planetarium attracts dozens of visitors, just like the presented scientific inventions which helped us to reach the development we use today. There are also restaurants in the building for those who spend the whole day here. It is open daily, except between the 4th and 7th of September and 24th, 25th and 26th of December, from 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 17:00 on weekdays. The prices are the following: for adults £12.50, for children (aged 3-15) £8.00. (August 2012)


Bristol Planetarium, At-Bristol, photo by Catheral City Guide/Flickr

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