One of the city’s oldest ports, Bristol is a beautiful river town set in England. Over the years, the city has turned into a cultural hub and is an important location to observe and view the history of the country. It is hard to get bored in this mix of old style and contemporary town full of life. You’ll find museums, warehouses turned into restaurants, boat rides, and so much more. Here are some of the best things you can do when you visit Bristol.
1. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
The city of Bristol features great maritime history and this museum is a symbol of that. The museum features the oriental collection, collection of Old Masters, and a section devoted to Brunel. The museum is a delight to spend time at and has therefore, been awarded a designated status by the government.
2. Clifton Suspension Bridge
No trip to Bristol is ever complete without a drive on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The 702 ft long bridge spans the 260 ft deep Avon gorge and is a breathtaking beauty. The bridge took over 33 years to complete and is still standing stall. You can pay it a visit and learn more about its construction and history.
3. Floating Harbour
It is difficult to be in a port city and not visit a harbour. Built of the Avon River, the harbor is known as floating as it allowed the visiting ships to always remain afloat. The 80-acre site has now been revamped, with most of its warehouses restored and converted into restaurants or other forms of entertainment.
4. Brunel’s SS Great Britain
The SS Great Britain is the Brunel’s most famous steamship and resides at Bristol’s great Western Dock. This is the same dock from where the world’s first iron-hulled passenger ship was launched. Here, you can explore the entire steam ship, like its upper deck, luxury cabins of the First class passengers and more. Apart from that, you can also visit the city’s library where you can learn more about its great maritime history.
5. Cheddar Gorge
Located only 18 miles from the city, Cheddar Gorge is a National Nature Reserve and a beautiful site to see. The place boasts of 450 ft cliffs and stalactite caverns. You can spend a whole day here, exploring the hidden beauty of the Gough’s cave, the chambers of St Paul’s Cathedral, and get a bird’s eye view of the place from the Lookout Tower.