Geographic Location: City Of Bristol, South West, England, United Kingdom, Europegeographical coordinates: 51° 27 0" North, 2° 35 0" West
ClimateBristol is one of the warmest cities in the UK, with a mean annual temperature of 10.2–12 °C (50–54 °F). It is also amongst the sunniest, with 1,541–1,885 hours sunshine per year. The city ispartially sheltered by the Mendip Hills, but exposed to the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel,Annual rainfall is similar to the national average, at 741–1,060 mm (29.2–41.7 in). Rain falls all yearround, but autumn and winter are the wettest seasons. The Atlantic strongly influences Bristolsweather, maintaining average temperatures above freezing throughout the year, although coldspells in winter often bring frosts. Snow can fall at any time from mid-November through to mid-April, but it is a rare occurrence. Summers are drier and quite warm with variable amounts ofsunshine, rain and cloud. Spring is unsettled and changeable, and has brought spells of wintersnow as well as summer sunshine.Getting to BristolBristol is one of the most easily accessible cities in the UK, with excellent road, rail and air links. Bristol has a large international airport, with operators flying into Bristol from 112 different countries Bristol is ideally situated for road access from London as well as from the north and east of England, it being situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services available from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and BirminghamMain SitesThere are several world class attractions in Bristol, from Britain’s most acclaimed historic ship, itsmost iconic suspension bridge, the world’s fifth oldest zoo, one of Europe’s leading interactivescience centres to an outstanding network of free city museums.Top Bristol attractions:Bristol Zoo GardensA visit to this city zoo is your passport for a day trip into an amazing world of animals, exhibits andother attractionsBrunels ss Great BritainAward-winning attraction showing the worlds first great ocean liner and National Brunel Archive,voted UK Large Visitor Attracion of the YearBristol Aquarium & IMAX 3D CinemaSpectacular aquarium in the Harbourside area that provides an amazing underwater adventurefrom the British coast to exotic tropical seasBristol Museum & Art GalleryMuseum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptologyand natural history in a magnificent buildingAt-Bristol21st-century science and technology centre, with hands-on activities, interactive exhibits and awhole load of fun for all the familyM ShedM Shed is an exciting and innovative new flagship museum for Bristol
Clifton Suspension BridgeThe world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunelin 1831 and completed in 1864 after his deathWestonbirt, The National ArboretumArboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-strollCotswold acresBerkeley CastleBerkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of theBerkeley family. It is a great day-out for...Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife ParkA great day out for the whole family in a beautiful river-based park, offering a truly all-weatherentertainment centreNoahs Ark Zoo FarmGet hands on and meet a variety of animals, including giraffe, rhinos, tigers and lions, then relaxwhile the kids use the 12 play areasOld Down Country ParkPark with plenty of animals to see that is easily accessible from Bristol, Thornbury and theM5/M4/M48 motorwaysCheddar Caves & GorgeDiscover one of the UKs most famous beauty spots with the largest natural Gorge and twobeautiful stalactite caverns. RockSport offers Caving...Avon Valley RailwayRailway thats much more than your average steam train ride, offering a whole new experience forsome or a nostalgic memory for othersWookey Hole Caves & PapermillBritains most spectacular showcaves, with many activities and exhibitions, and home of theinfamous Witch of WookeyBristol city centre shoppingWith nearly 500 stores, two separate covered shopping centres, more than 50 cafes andrestaurants, and easy access and parking, Bristol’s city centre offers the biggest and best choice ofshopping in the South West. Best Bristol theatre, cinema and entertainmentWatershedEnjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic mediacentre in the heart of the HarboursideThe Bristol HippodromeOne of the countrys top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West Endand Broadway productions
Jongleurs Comedy ClubComedy club in the centre of Bristol. providing food, drink, laughs and dance you can be sure to beentertained all nightThe Tobacco FactoryA popular theatre and café bar in Bedminster, with a programme of touring and in-houseproductions, childrens and music eventsKaraoke-Me!Rock the night away with your friends in your own private, soundproofed, state-of-the-art karaokeroomBristol Old Vic TheatreBritains oldest working theatre, renowned for excellent repertory programme and host to someof the best local/national theatre companiesShowcase Cinema De LuxWith 13 screens and 3,000 seats, this cinema offers you an experience thats unrivalled in both sizeand luxuryArnolfiniOne of Europes leading centres for the contemporary arts, with free entrance to the galleries andan exquisite arts bookstore on siteNightlifeWhat can we say about nightlife in Bristol? Well, without a shadow of a doubt it’s the region’smost happening place, famed for its energy and atmosphere, a beacon for revellers travelling fromacross the region. Packed with great theatres, concert venues, cinemas, clubs and pubs, the cityhas an unrivalled buzz throughout the year.The highest concentration of Bristol’s nightlife is to be found in the city centre area, in the Old City,on Harbourside and along Park Street and Whiteladies Road. A more chilled out vibe can beenjoyed in Clifton Village and for those in the know, there’s a number of outstanding bars,restaurants and even one or two of the city’s best live performance venues in the Southville andGloucester Road areas. Although the city is famed for inventing ‘trip hop’, courtesy of iconic bands such as MassiveAttack, Roni Size and Portishead, Bristol is also a hot-bed for diverse musical genres and can boastsome of the best music venues in the country, offering anything from dubstep to jazz, indie rock toopera. Just so you know - Bristol is the undisputed ‘clubbing’ capital of the South West, with theregion’s widest selection of party venues. Not your scene? Then enjoy an unrivalled range ofaward-winning restaurants and fantastic pubs, from delightful riverside hostelries to traditionalcity pubs offering a great selection of locally sourced food and drink. In 2010, Bristol city centre was awarded Purple Flag status in recognition of the safe, pleasantquality of its nightime environment.Live musicBristol is home to an impressive mix of musical talent and attracts a great number of well-knownmusicians from outside the area. From major stadium concerts, rock bands and jazz nights, toclassical performances, solo singers and acoustic entertainment, Bristol has a huge number of livemusic venues each boasting an exciting line-up of forthcoming events to entertain you during yourtime in the city.Sport and adventureIf you’re looking for a sporting break in Bristol, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide choice ofsports and adventurous activities to try, such as speed car racing at Castle Combe Circuit or rock
climbing in the Avon Gorge. For a more relaxing activity, why not enjoy a boat cruise along Bristol’sancient harbour, float above the city in a hot air balloon or join local fans at a football match?Bailey BalloonsLocation: Bristol & BathOffering a range of different hot air balloon flights launching from Bristol, Bath and South Wales,with a glass of champagne on touch downDrive-Tech Ltd.Location: Castle CombeDriving Activity Centre specialising in outdoor go-karting, skid control and 4x4 off-roadexperiences. Exhilarating and fun – Go for...Adventurous Activity CompanyLocation: Central BristolActivity provider offering a range of outdoor activities, like mountain biking, climbing, abseiling,canoeing and orienteeringBristol Ice RinkLocation: Central BristolEnjoy ice skating with the whole family, book a group session or hire the entire rink and go icekarting with friends or colleaguesBowling at The LanesLocation: Central BristolA American-style bowling alley with a difference, this venue also features live music, comedy,private karaoke and diner foodACF HospitalityLocation: North Somerset & the MendipsRacing Minis, 4x4 Range Rovers, Military Vehicles, Honda Pilots, Quad Bikes, Rally Driving,Shooting, Archery, Teambuilding etc.Castle Combe CircuitLocation: Castle CombeDrive a souped-up car or watch a race meeting at one of the UKs fastest racetracks, which hasbeen in operation for 60 yearsAshton Gate StadiumLocation: AshtonHome of one of Bristols two professional football clubs, which is also involved with a wide rangeof community activitiesBristol BalloonsLocation: Central BristolImagine seeing the historic city of Bristol from a completely different perspective, all with a hot airballoon ride
Bristol City Football ClubLocation: AshtonProfessional football club based at Ashton Gate Stadium, which is also involved with a wide rangeof community activitiesAvon Valley Adventure and Wildlife ParkLocation: KeynshamA great day out for the whole family in a beautiful river-based park, offering a truly all-weatherentertainment centreCentre for Sport, Exercise & Health - University of BristolLocation: Central BristolA first class indoor health/fitness suite with over 100 pieces of equipment, two studios and 38different classesCoombe Dingle Sports Complex (University of Bristol)Location: Central BristolSuperb sporting facility, which provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor opportunities for allthe familyToursFree MP3 Audio Tours Discover Bristol at your own pace with our free MP3 audio tours available to download from this website. Take your pick from The Bristol Quayside Adventure or The Bristol Heritage Walk, plus many more. Visit our audio tours section to find out more.Walking and Guided Tours The Bristol Blitz iPhone app takes you back in time, with an audio tour using archive photos and film to show you what old Bristol was like before the arrival of the Luftwaffe. Treasure trails are a unique way to discover the city. Armed with a Treasure Trail booklet, available from the Tourist Information Centre, you can head out on your own Bristol-based mission. An ideal way for families with a sense of adventure to explore the city. Bristol and South West Tour Guides offer groups a wide variety of informative and entertaining walking and coach tours in Bristol and Bath, The Cotswolds, The Wye Valley and Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. Regular guided walks include the Bristol Highlights walk, Bristols Historic Wine Merchants, the Clifton Walk and Medieval Bristol. Bristol Highlights Walk - Discover the harbour, old town and city centre every Saturday from April - late September. Meet at 11am at the Tourist Information Centre. Other walks available by arrangement for groups include Clifton, Redcliffe, and the slave trade trail. Bristol Pirate Walks - Join Pete the Pirate for a 2 hour guided walking tour of Bristols historic harbourside. Learn about Bristols 16th, 17th and 18th century maritime past and its history of discovery, trade, slavery and piracy. Walks take place at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays from the black beetle statue in Anchor Square. Bristol Photography Walks - Join Graham and the popular Bristol blue badge guide Liz Gamlin for a walk around Bristol, designed to provide a greater understanding of your digital camera & at the same time you can also learn about Bristol - past & present. Clifton Suspension Bridge - Enjoy an entertaining guided tour and walk of Brunels great Clifton Suspension Bridge. Free guided tours are provided on Sunday afternoons from Easter to the end of October. Meet/start at 3.00pm at the Clifton toll booth.
Arnos Vale Cemetery – A historic cemetery featuring 45 acres of beautiful landscape, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife as well to the graves of hundreds of famous social reformers, celebrities, religious pioneers, nautical and military heroes. Guided tours available. Vacation England - Personalised small group tours for a maximum of five people, including day trips to major heritage sites as well as those little-known places off the beaten track. Tours available throughout Wales and the South West of England. Haunted and Hidden Bristol - A fun tour around old Bristol and its ghostly buildings every Friday evening. View a full schedule of guided walks in Bristol.Boat and Ferry Tours Bristol Ferry Boat Tours - Choose from a range of themed cruises and tours along the Avon Gorge, including Afternoon Cream Teas, Wildlife Experience specials or a special evening cruise to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge illuminated in all its splendour. River trips last between 2-4 hours and regular ferries operate throughout the day. The Bristol Packet Boat Trips - Enjoy a guided cruise around Bristols harbour, along the river to Bath or along the Avon Gorge under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Boats depart from Brunels ss Great Britain, city centre, Watershed and Welsh Back (near Bristol Bridge). The Matthew - Enjoy a gentle cruise around Bristols historic harbour on The Matthew - a modern recreation of the square rigged caravel in which John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. Trips last 1 hour and leave at various times throughout the day. Booking is essential. Number Seven Boat Trips - Operating a fleet of four spacious, comfortable boats, this popular passenger ferry service runs private charter trips around Bristol and along the River Avon. A fantastic way to explore the city and surrounding countryside. Avon River Cruises - Take a ride on a luxury cruiser from Bristol harbour in winter and from Bath to Bristol in the summer. A great venue for any occasion - parties, private charters, business meetings, family celebrations, weddings and other special events catered for. Excellent hot or cold food can be prepared by the chef in the on-board kitchen. Tangaroa - An impressive 82ft long wooden sailing ship, the Tangaroa offers harbour tours and trips from the centre of Bristol along the Avon Gorge to Portishead, Cardiff, Cornwall, Devon and France. Try your hand at sailing or simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere of a classic tall ship. Trips last from 2 hours to several weeks, with both public trips and private charters available. Waverley and Balmoral Cruises - Cruise in style aboard the paddle steamer Waverley or the motor vessel Balmoral - the last remaining ships of their kind. Both ships are part of the National Core Collection of Historic Ships, and at over 200ft long, theyre perfect for a stroll along the promenade sun decks, viewing the gleaming engine rooms, or relaxing with refreshments in the dining saloons and bars.Bus and Coach Tours City Sightseeing Open Top Bus - See the sights of Bristol from the famous open top City Sightseeing Bus, which runs from April to the end of October each year. Hop on and off as many times as you like, with stops available at key locations throughout the city. Vacation England - Personalised small group tours for a maximum of five people, including day trips to major heritage sites as well as those little-known places off the beaten track. Tours available throughout Wales and the South West of England.Building Tours
Bristol Cathedral Tours - Enjoy a guided tour around the inside of the beautiful cathedral of Bristol, taking a look at the architecture, history and remarkable contents of this ancient building. Tours are held most Saturdays from May to October. Special conducted tours are also available. Doors Open Day (September) - For one day only, you have the opportunity to see inside some of Bristols most important and impressive buildings, many of which are not normally open to the general public. Some buildings may need to be pre-booked to view - the event is free of charge. You can find out more about all guided tours, walks and trips around Bristol and thesurrounding region by contacting the Bristol Tourist Information Centre.SightseeingBristol has several amazing sights to see during your visit to this magical and historic city. Fromengineering masterpieces like the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and Brunel’s ss Great BritaintoBristol’s historic churches and cathedrals. And although the best way to see Bristol is from a hot airballoon, we also recommend a City Sightseeing tour or Bristol Ferry Boat tour.Banksy Graffiti Frogmore StreetBristols home-grown and anonymous graffiti artist Banksy is known all across the world for hissatirical, anti-establishment and thought-provoking street art. Several pieces remain in variouslocations around Bristol, so you can see his amazing work firsthand.Banksy’s Frogmore Street artwork is actually on the side of a sexual health clinic, with the bestviews being had from the small bridge on Park Street that crosses Frogmore Street.Bristol Pirate WalksBristol Pirate Walks are run by Pirate Pete and consist of one-hour guided walking tours of Bristolshistoric Harbourside. The walks cover Bristols often grizzly 16th, 17th and 18th century maritimehistory, including discovery, trade, slavery and piracy.On the walk, you’ll discover Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smugglers cave, visit TreasureIsland’s Spy Glass Inn where the press gangs roamed and find Blackbeard’s Lair in the medievalport.Walks start at 2.00pm on Saturday and Sunday from outside At-Bristol in Millennium Square andat any time, by appointment, during the week for parties of six people or more.Bristol Pirate Walks can be booked at the Tourist Information Centre or via Pirate Pete. Bristol Cathedral Bristol’s beautiful and historic Cathedral is located on College Green in the West End of thecity. A church has almost certainly stood on the site for over a thousand years, but it came toprominence in 1140 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St Augustine. The ChapterHouse and Abbey Gatehouse remain clear to see, and the other remains are to be found withinBristol Cathedral School. The eastern end of the Cathedral, especially in the choir, gives Bristol Cathedral a unique placein the development of British and European architecture. The nave, choir and aisles are all thesame height, making Bristol Cathedral the major example of a hall church in Great Britain and oneof the finest to be found anywhere in the world. Bristol Cathedral is open to the public from 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 7.20am to5pm on Sundays. Guided tours are available on Saturdays, or as arranged directly through theChapter Clerk.
City Sightseeing - The Bristol Tour City Sightseeing’s ‘The Bristol Tour’ offers the best way to see the city of Bristol. On ourdistinctive bright red open top buses you can visit many of the city’s best attractions (and shops!)as well as just sitting back and relaxing while one of our experienced local guides provides youwith an insight into the city’s fascinating history. So hop on board and join us; let us show you ourcity! We’ll take you to Brunels ss Great Britain, the worlds first transatlantic liner, see thespectacular Avon Gorge and Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. We can drop you at Bristol ZooGardens, At Bristol and The Bristol Aquarium or show you Clifton Village, the expansive ‘Downs’and pick you up later, or just stay on board and enjoy the full 1 hour and 15 minute tour and we’llreturn you to the stop where you joined us. Our popular ‘Hop on, Hop off’ tickets are valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase, andyour ticket will also entitle you to discounts with other attractions and eating establishments; agreat way to save money! Child travelling with a fare paying adult travels free! Free children’s packs are available on thebus with pens, competitions and prizes inside. The red open top buses (as well as classic buses) are also available for private-hire. A widerange of group trips are available; from a selection of guided tours, travel from A to B, weddingsand conference transport. We also tailor-make trips to suit your requirements!Clifton Suspension Bridge The world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by the great Victorian engineerIsambard Kingdom Brunel, although he never lived to see his creation finished in 1864. Work actually began in 1831, but the project was dogged with political and financialdifficulties, and by 1843, with only the towers completed, the project was abandoned. Brunel diedaged only 53 in 1859, but the Clifton Suspension Bridge was completed as his memorial. Designedin the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic, it still meets the demands of 21st centurycommuter with 11-12,000 vehicles crossing it every day. The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made itthe defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views ofthe ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond. Whats more, a Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre can be found on the Leigh Woods sideof the Bridge, which opens daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm.