Travel back in time and board Brunel’s ss Great Britain. Brunel’s engineering masterpiece was the world’s first great ocean going liner and has been lovingly restored to her former Victorian glory. Winner of 16 major awards including the Gulbenkian Prize in 2006 and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the 2007.
The Old City’s grand, dignified buildings surrounds the Corn Exchange and St Nicholas Markets, where you’ll find an intriguing mix of stalls – not to mention regular street markets, including the Weekly Farmers Market and monthly Slow Food market. Nearby are the Cobbled streets of the Welsh back, King Street and Queen Square with its fine Georgian buildings.
See Bristol’s Harbourside from a nautical perspective by taking a historic harbour tour with the Bristol Ferry Boat Company or the Bristol Packet. Bristol Ferry Boat Company +44 117 9273416 44 The Grove Bristol BS1 4RB Bristol Packet +44 117 926 8157 Wapping Wharf Gas Ferry Road Bristol BS1 6UN
Bristol Zoo Gardens include a large area with over 400 different animal species. Here you can easily spend a whole day either alone or with family. Learn about the animals inside the aquarium or about the insects at the Bug World and see the snakes at the reptile house and say hello to the penguins and the seals. Bristol Zoo Gardens has also a butterfly house which is well worth a visit. Restaurant and picnic facilities are on site.
Arnolfini is an organization for modern art which is based in a converted warehouse with a fantastic seafront location not far from Bristol Harbourside. The program includes art exhibitions, film screenings, live dance and art shows. Please visit the website for more information on current shows, theatres and exhibitions.
HorseWorld is a rescue centre for horses, ponies and donkeys and is an excellent place for family day out. This award-winning visitor centre is set in beautiful stone farm-buildings just south of Bristol. It offers fun and educational day out where you can meet some of the rescued animals. There are also lots of activities to take part in every day and play areas for children.
Take a stroll in the park and admire one of the best views of Bristol. The park is located in the centre of town, around a large hill. It is also here you will find the Cabot Tower which was completed in July 1898. This is a great park where you can have picnic and where children can enjoy a playground.
Assilah Bistro is a family-run bistro and located in the centre of town. The restaurant is specializing in authentic Moroccan/Mediterranean cuisine for a good value of money. The atmosphere is relaxing and friendly and operates on a BYO "Bring Your Own" wine and beer basis, allowing you to choose your own alcoholic beverages.
For high standard Italian cuisine and first class service, head over to Don Giovanni's. If you are very hungry, you have come to the right place; the friendly staff serves big portions. On the menu you will find dishes like Risotto Al Pescatore, pasta Carbonara and Frutti Di Mare.
This little gem is tucked away on the road just outside the main part of Clifton Village. Bauhinia is a cosy pan-Asian restaurant with a lively surrounding. The delightful staff serves mouth-watering dishes like pad thai, teriyaki chicken and sweet and sour cod fillets.
Shopping – Bristol is a shopper’s paradise! From the opening of Cabot Circus, the city’s £500 million shopping and leisure quarter, complete with designer stores such as Harvey Nichols through to Classy Clifton and lively Whiteladies Road, filled with independent shops, galleries, boutiques and antiques for the individual and the unusual.
It takes 30 minutes to get to Bristol International Airport by train or bus. The train leaves every 20 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads. The Bristol International Flyer bus runs every half an hour between Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Bus station, Bedminster, Bridgewater Road and Bristol Airport. Tickets can be bought from the bus driver or booked online at:
First City Line Buses is the easiest way of getting around the city. Buses starts operating around 5.30 and stops from 23.00-00.30. +44 871 200 2233 www.firstgroup.com A popular way of seeing Bristol is by ferry or on the River Avon. You can get multi-stop tickets, round trips, regular tickets and family passes. Please visit the Bristol Ferry Boat Company’s website for more information about routes and prices. www.bristolferry.com