Bristol Travel Guide
Bistol, England © Hugh Llewelyn
A holiday in Bristol, England's largest seaport,
is guaranteed to be memorable as the city is bursting with things
to see and do. Some of the sights are quite unique, like the
graffiti of local street artist Banksy and the restored Victorian
ocean liner, SS Great Britain.
Bristol has a vibrant nightlife, exciting
shopping, and a fascinating maritime heritage that is preserved and
showcased in the lively Old Harbour area. Visiting Bristol also
presents opportunities for excursions to all the popular tourist
destinations of Southwest England.
The River Avon winds picturesquely through the
bustling city centre of Bristol, and has played a key role in the
development of the city as a major English commercial port.
Surrounded by a charming hilly landscape and the spectacular,
ice-carved Avon Gorge, Bristol is a scenic mix of history,
commerce, and culture.
The city contains a mishmash of architecture,
spanning over 400 years, much of which has been rebuilt, destroyed,
relocated, or vandalised over time. Today, few of the city's
earliest treasures remain, particularly because Bristol was
severely blitzed during World War II.
Although there is little to no visible evidence of
Bristol's 11th-century origins, the city is not devoid of character
by any means, and there has been an attempt to restore the
remaining jewels, evident in the beautiful Queen and Portland
There are plenty of Georgian and Victorian
churches, buildings, and monuments to be seen and the city's strong
maritime history remains palpable. Modern Bristol is known for its
many artists and eco-activists and is carving out a vibrant and