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
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 unique