Brilliant Bristol: Exploring England’s South West
Home to a variety of historic attractions, boasting a young and vibrant population, and with some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK on its doorstep, Bristol is a city with much to offer.
The perfect destination for a weekend break or a relocation, Bristol truly has something for everyone. To discover what this south west city has in store for you, all you need is a little bit of time and energy.
Spanning the dramatic Avon Gorge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864. Fantastic to look at from a distance or above from its vertigo-inducing heights, the bridge is undeniably one of the most iconic Bristolian attractions.
Another important site designed by Brunel is the SS Great Britain. Located on the city’s waterfront, the ship was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic in 1854. Today, the ship is an award winning visitor attraction and makes the perfect destination for a family day out.
With The Cotswolds, Somerset and even Wales within easy reach of the city, residents of Bristol are spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring the countryside.
If you don’t want to stray too far from the city limits, head to Dyrham Park, a stunning stately home set in a beautiful deer park around 12 miles east of Bristol.
Though home to many modern, stylish new build homes Bristol is probably most famous for its historic architecture and picture postcard period properties.
Wandering round the lanes, alleyways and streets of the city’s more historic areas is a fantastic way to get to grips with Bristolian culture as is getting to know the layout of this hilly metropolis.
Once you’ve got your bearings, head to one of the city’s many world class theatres, galleries or events and soak up the relaxed, cultured atmosphere.
From the Bristol Old Vic to The Bristol Festival of Ideas, the city is packed full of attractions that will impress even the most ardent culture vulture.
As one of Bristol’s most famous sons, no trip to the South West would be complete without seeing a few original Banksy’s. Join a walking tour around the city or simply go for a wander and spot some of these iconic pieces in their original settings.
Offering history, countryside and culture, when it comes to good living, Bristol has it all. So why not explore the South West for yourself and see what this little corner of Britain has to offer.