An introduction to Bristol

I started this blog to escape the grey days of winter, but as the sun’s been shining here in Bristol, I’ve started to get a warmer feeling about my home town.

There are so many funky, secret and facinating things about this city and I’ve decided I really ought to get out more and explore. I’m planning to write a few posts that will give you a glimpse of the places you wouldn’t find on your own.

But first let me introduce you to Bristol:

She’s a fine old city with a proud maritime heritage and a some dark connections with the slave trade. She can be just as chocolate box pretty as her near neighbour, Bath, but scratch below the surface and you’ll find a dynamic and slightly subversive street culture. She’s a university town and has always welcomed visitors from far and wide. Her harbour-side’s been given a face-lift and her city centre’s buzzing but climb one of her many hills and you’ll glimpse the green fields and countryside on her doorstep. Bristol’s put on her best dress and now she’s waiting for you to pay her a call.

If you’d like to visit Bristol, the official visitor’s website will fill you in on some of the great things to do here

The Clifton supension bridge, is Bristol’s most famous landmark and was build by Isambard Kingdom Brunel to span the Avon Gorge. It was opened in 1864 and up to 12,000 cars still cross it every day.

The SS Great Britain, built in 1843, was the world’s first ocean-going, propeller driven iron ship. After seeing service as a luxury liner, she was abandoned in the Falklands Islands then brought back to Bristol in the 70s where she was restored to her former glory.

Hundreds of balloons will drift over the city during the Bristol International Balloon fiesta in August – it’s Europe’s largest hot air balloon festival.

Take a ferry round the harbourside where the harbour festival takes place every August, cool off in the fountains in Millenium square and treat the family to some hands on science at @Bristol.

In Clifton, take a look at the fine Georgian buildings and designer boutiques in the village, stroll up the observatory for a view of the Avon gorge and suspension bridge or introduce yourself to the penguins at Bristol Zoo gardens.

Check for the best hotel prices in Bristol and book here.

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Many thanks to the following for the use of their photos under creative commons on Flickr.com;
Synwell Liberation front, pshab, Synwell Liberation Front
Clifton suspension bridge
Synwell Liberation front, Macspite, Joe Dunckley
SS Great Brittain
Balloon fiesta
Caro’s lines, Bloomin’ Orchid, Addictive Picasso
Joe Dunckley, Matthew Sylvester, PixelFixer
Will Steel, Mosmi, Synwell Liberation Front

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    June 8, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Hi Heather,

    Just found your blog through the Travel Blog Exchange. I’m in Bristol in between travels myself – and seeing the city in a whole new light. I love this summary,
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