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Top 10 things to do in Bristol

There are so many things to do in Bristol, but here are the top 10.

1. Aerospace Bristol

Visit Aerospace Bristol and embark upon an exciting journey through more than a century of incredible aerospace achievements, including the chance to step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly. Did you know that the iconic Concorde was designed and built in Bristol and that Concorde celebrated its 50th anniversary last year? The wider exhibition incorporates over 8,000 artefacts covering more than a hundred years of aviation history through two world wars, the space race, and on to modern day developments.

Enjoy a family day out at Aerospace Bristol

Enjoy a family day out at Aerospace Bristol

2. Tyntesfield

Set in hundreds of acres of rolling countryside, Tyntesfield has been in the hands of The National Trust since 2002. This is a one-of-a-kind Gothic mansion with a labyrinth of rooms waiting to be explored. Take in the amazing library, billiard room and lavish Anglican chapel, or wander around the majestic gardens and grounds.

3. Brunel’s ss Great Britain

Take a tour of the SS Great Britain. Undoubtedly one of Bristol’s leading attractions, this magnificent vessel can be found on the Harbourside in the very dock where it was originally built and launched. Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the ship is a maritime masterpiece and definitely a must-see on a trip to Bristol. The ‘Go Aloft’ experience allows tourists to put themselves in the shoes of a Victorian sailor and scale the rigging.

4. On the river

The best way to see the sights of Bristol is by boat. Scheduled tours (complete with commentary) include a sensational summertime trip from the Harbourside to the Avon Gorge cruising under the splendid Clifton Suspension Bridge and through Brunel lock.

5. Lido

For a touch of luxury, make a trip to Lido. Dating back to 1849, the Lido now includes a modern heated outdoor pool, a spa, a poolside bar and a beautiful restaurant. Overlooking the pool, the first floor restaurant, has a sliding glass wall to enhance viewing pleasure as you sip your drinks.

6. Architecture

Take a look at the outstanding architecture of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol’s most famous and interesting church. Dating back to medieval times, Elizabeth I is said to have famously called the place “The fairest, goodliest parish church in all of England”.

7. Shopping

A trip to Bristol can not be complete without some serious retail therapy at Cabot Circus. Shop till you drop at more than 90 shops, including major flagship stores such as Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, and the wonderful bookshop Foyles. Or, if you’re a fan of the silver screen – ancient or modern – take a break with a relaxing movie in the Cinema de Lux. This three-tiered development is a shopping experience not to be missed.

8. St George’s Bristol

Open for lunchtime and evening concerts, St George’s Bristol is acclaimed for its wonderful acoustics and exciting programme of international artists. Built in the 1820s, this Greek Revival-style church is the perfect setting for a bit of culture. Book tickets early and enjoy the best in classical, chamber, world, folk and jazz music.

St George's Bristol hosts a year-round programme of music including classical, folk, world and jazz

St George’s Bristol hosts a year-round programme of music including classical, folk, world and jazz

9. Glass blowing

The world-famous Bristol Blue Glass has been in Bristol since the 17th century. With a vast collection of predominantly blue glass on display, visit the factory, visitor centre and shop and watch the glass blowers in action.

10. Colston Hall

It would be very difficult to visit Bristol without a trip to Bristol’s most dominant building, the Colston Hall. Whether you want to take in a show or sample the culinary delights of its in-house cafe and restaurant, the Colston Hall has undergone a major refurbishment and now boasts a £20 million gold-clad foyer.


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Image credits: ©Aerospace Bristol; André Pattenden/Taste Creative/Bristol Lido; Bristol Ferry; St George's Bristol/Evan Dawson

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