Bristol is everything that’s cool about England rolled into one. Few cities offer a more exciting night out, whether you want to go drinking in student bars and clubs on Whiteladies Road, watch a symphony orchestra at the magnificent Colston Hall, listen to alternative rock at venues around Stokes Croft, swing to live jazz at the Old Duke pub or enjoy a gourmet coffee on Southville’s up and coming North Street, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.
Pass the daytime at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery which boasts an incredible number of dinosaur-related exhibits, a comprehensive Egyptology display and great fun interactive stuff to do for the little ones. Bristol is also the country’s capital of hot air ballooning and the Bristol International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an astonishing celebration of this classic mode of travel. There are plenty of opportunities for members of the public to go for a ride...
The ghost of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel lurks all around Bristol. Aside from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, he designed the SS Great Britain, a steamship that spent much of the nineteenth century making daring passenger voyages to Australia and the US. She has now been beautifully restored and around 150,000 visitors a year come to enjoy her period decor, cannons, cabins and other features.
For a different kind of tourist experience altogether, you should check out At-Bristol, which is a science and technology museum with a strong bias towards hands-on and interactive experiences. Here you can learn about the functions of the human brain and body, space, ecology, engineering, chemistry and now, thanks to Aardman Animation, all about the process of making an animated film. A Blue Reef Aquarium with IMAX theatre is located next door, bringing the underwater world vividly to life for punters of all ages.
For those who prefer their sights to be more traditional and grand then Bristol Cathedral, built in 1140, is a must. Its lofty Gothic windows, effigy of John Newland, chapter house sedilia and Spanish-inflected facade are all architectural features that really make it stand out.
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