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A modern city with a historic past

Welcome to Bristol!

Bristol has been described as a modern European city with a historic past. With world-class attractions, great shopping, stunning nightlife, exciting festivals and a superb range of hotels it’s no surprise that Bristol has become one of England’s most popular tourist destinations. The city’s waterfront has been transformed in recent years to become a major leisure destination in its own right, with stylish bars, cafes, museums and galleries. The city centre combines the historic charm of the old city with its medieval churches, castle ruins and bustling farmers markets’ with Bristol’s main retail area. Boasting over 500 shops, including signature stores such as Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser anchoring the ultra chic Cabot Circus complex, Bristol’s city centre shopping area is the fashion and leisure capital of the South West.

Just north of the city centre is Clifton Village, with its elegant Georgian streets, designer shops and delightful cafes. It’s the location of Brunel’s iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the stunning Avon Gorge affording visitors spectacular views of the sweeping Downs and surrounding countryside. Clifton is also home to the world’s fifth oldest zoo, Bristol Zoo Gardens. Bristol is also Britain’s greenest city, with over 450 open spaces, a network of cycle lanes, regular farmers’ markets and locally-sourced food and drink available throughout the city. Finally, Bristol can boast an enviable nightlife with many of the region’s best restaurants, live music venues, clubs, bars and pubs located in the city. So relax, recharge and enjoy your stay in this great city.

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