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2 Days in Bristol

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An August 2011 trip to Bristol by Joy S

The harbour Photo, Bristol, England More Photos
Quote: We used Bristol as a stopover point to break an otherwise long journey - but found it is lively, has a wonderful waterside location, is full of energy and exciting things to do and is absolutely a holiday destination in its own right.

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The harbour Photo, Bristol, England
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We were going on holiday in southern England and decided to break the long journey by stopping off in Bristol for a couple of days. This is the West Country's biggest city. It is 120 miles west of London and just across the Bristol Channel from Wales. I knew it as being famous for its maritime history, but was surprised to find it offered a large and diverse range of attractions, and is a wonderful place for a short break. In recent years, Bristol has become one of England's most vibrant areas and there is a thriving cultural scene. There are buzzing bars, lots of restaurants and cafes, beautiful architecture, wonderful hotels and excellent shopping. It ranks 4th in Englan...Read More

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Around Bristol Photo, Bristol, England
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* There are a number of tourist information centres and outlets in Bristol. The main one is in the centre of the At Bristol complex on the harbour side. They can book tours, trips, theatre tickets etc. and have details and timetables for the ferries.* Crime levels are low. We found it had a lovely atmosphere in the evening and had no issue wandering around later on at night. Apparently though, the St Pauls area is best avoided at night. We thought the whole of the old town and the harbour was fine.* The weather is very changeable. We had driving rain one morning and it was very drak and gloomy, but the afternoon was so gloriously hot and sunny, we could barely believe it...Read More

Marriott Bristol Royal

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Marriott Bristol Royal Photo, Bristol, England
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We stayed for 2 nights in this hotel, having found it on the internet. We booked directly with the hotel and chose it mainly due to its location - right next to the cathedral and central to most things we wanted to do.We were extremely impressed with the location. It is very central, next door to Bristol Cathedral, within easy walking distance of the historic waterfront, not far from the old town area of the city and close to lots of attractions such as SS Great Britain and At Bristol. We could not have been happier with where it was - close enough to walk to everywhere we wanted to go to.Our first impressions of the hotel were also very positive. It is a Victorian style bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 31, 2011

Marriott Bristol Royal
College Green
Bristol, England BS1 5TA
44 117 925 5100

Bristol Cathedral

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Bristol Cathedral Photo, Bristol, England
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Bristol Cathedral was right next to our hotel, but is probably not one of the better known, or most visited places in the city. It is definitely worth going to see this beautiful church though and taking some time to explore inside.It is both a beautiful but also historic building located in College Green in the West End of the city. Apparently there has been a church standing on this exact spot for 1,000 years.It came to prominence in 1140 when the Abbey of St Augustine was founded here. The Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse of St Augustine can still be clearly seen.The cathedral has tall Gothic windows and a pinacle skyline. It has unique architectural feature...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2011

Bristol Cathedral
College Green
Bristol, England BS1 5TJ
(0117) 926-4879

Brunel's SS Great Britain

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Brunel's SS Great Britain Photo, Bristol, England
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The SS Great Britain is definitely a must-see if you are in Bristol. It is like taking a step back in time to go on board the world's first ever great ocean liner. Brunel's masterpiece is now one of the major attractions in Bristol's historic harbourside.SS Great Britain is open 10:00am until 5:30pm every day. Tickets cost £10.50 for adults and £5.50 for children. This price includes all the activities, an audio tour and unlimited return visits for 12 months.The SS Great Britain was the first iron ship to cross the Atlantic. It was designed by the great English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. He designed the Great Western in 1837 and the Great Eastern in 1852. ...Read More

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Brunel's SS Great Britain
Gas Ferry Road
Bristol, England BS1 6TY
+44 (117) 926-0680

About the Writer

Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom