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3 Days in Bristol

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An August 2012 trip to Bristol by Joy S

The Bristol Hotel Photo, Bristol, England More Photos
Quote: A 3 day stopover in the lovely city of Bristol en route to the West Country. We explored the city by foot, by boat and crossed the wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge.

The Bristol Hotel

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The Bristol Hotel Photo, Bristol, England
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We booked this hotel on the internet and got a very good rate. We chose it because of its location - near the quayside and Floating Harbour, but also a short walk from Queens Square and the centre of Bristol. We were very pleased with the hotel, the location was excellent and we had a very enjoyable 3 nights here.The Bristol Hotel was formerly Jurys Bristol Hotel. It is fairly large with 186 rooms, many of which do enjoy views over the harbour - our's didn't!The hotel does not have its own car park. There is an NCP public car park right next door, so you can park there easily. The hotel actually pay for the parking between 5.30pm and 9.30am, so this helps a bit too. Parking is also c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2012

The Bristol Hotel
Prince Street
Bristol, England BS1 4QF
44 (0) 117 923 0333

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Clifton Suspension Bridge Photo, Bristol, England
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The Clifton Suspension Bridge is probably one of the most famous symbols of the city of Bristol. In the 19th century, Bristol became synonomous with engineering and the name of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His most famous projects in Bristol were the SS Great Britain, the Great Western Railway and this - the Clifton Suspension Bridge.It is extremely impressive from which ever point you view it. It is 702 feet long, spans the Avon Gorge and is a monument to Victorian engineering. It was a real masterpiece on the part of Brunel. It is 245 feet above the water and reaches across from Clifton to Leigh Woods in northern Somerset.The views of the bridge itself when you get close ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2012

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Spanning Avon Gorge
Bristol, England BS8 4LD
(0117) 973-8955

Clifton

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Clifton Photo, Bristol, England
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Clifton Village is a suburb of the city of Bristol. We visited the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge from Clifton on one side to Leigh Woods on the other side. We decided to have a stroll around this area, and were very pleased we had done so. It is a lovely place to wander and soak up the very genteel atmosphere.Clifton was actually once an aloof spa resort. Now it is perhaps one of the most elegant quarters of Bristol. We found free parking on the street, left our car there and just wandered. Everything centres on the Mall, close to Royal York Crescent. This is actually the longest Georgian crescent in the country. The buildings are all beaut...Read More

Boat Trip in Bristol

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Views from the boat Photo, Bristol, England
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We had really wanted to take a boat trip in Bristol. The city centre is interwoven so much with the old floating harbour, that I felt this really is a must-do here. There are lots of boats used as pleasure craft and it seemed like a really good way of getting around - as well as a way to see a lot of interesting sights from a different angle.The harbour in Bristol is only nowadays actually used by pleasure boats and small working craft. It is, though, still, as in days gone by, very much the heart of this city.There are several options for a boat trip. Having researched them, we found that Bristol Ferry Boat runs several ferry services around the harbour and stops at various...Read More

Eating Out In Bristol

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Bordeaux Quay Photo, Bristol, England
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We stayed in Bristol for 3 nights and ate out in a different restaurant each evening. We had 2 meals that we really enjoyed and would recommend, but one evening we were very disappointed and would not go back to that particular restaurant.The first evening we ate out in Bordeaux Quay. This is one of the restaurants that overlooks the Floating Harbour. It has an outdoor eating area overlooking the water, and a big restaurant on 2 floors inside. We ate here on a trip to Bristol last year, thoroughly enjoyed it and decided to return. We were not disappointed.This year we ate inside the restaurant - it was raining and cool. It is a very stylish, cool and contemporary place. ...Read More

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom