Bristol, the premier city for the South West of England, serves as the gateway to some of the country’s most beautiful locations. Having the fifth largest population in England, as well as a rich and colorful history, it has recently transformed into a vibrant, modern European city packed with places to go, things to see and cheap hotel deals to suit every kind of visitor .
The original town was 10th century trading port and its maritime heritage is highlighted by the achievements of Bristol’s most famous son, the great Victorian inventor Kingdom Brunel. It was Brunel who designed the SS Great Britain, which became the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven ship to pass between the UK and America and, of course, the renowned Clifton Suspension Bridge, which offers breathtaking views over Bristol.
For the dedicated shopaholic, the new Cabot Circus shopping complex has propelled Bristol into the top 10 list of shopping destinations in the UK. With over 100 new shops, including major flagship stores, restaurants, cafes and delis, and a state-of-the-art 13-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, this impressive site brings a whole new dimension to shopping in Bristol.
Walk a short distance from the central shopping areas and you will find yourself in the midst of the enchanting old buildings and relics of the past in Bristol’s original Old City. The cobbled streets of Corn Street, Broad Street, St Nicholas Market and King Street remain much the same today as they were hundreds of years ago.
One of the most significant changes to Bristol over recent years has been the transformation of the city’s harborside from a busy commercial dock to an attractive development filled with hotels bristol, restaurants and bars. Key attractions to look out for include The Hippodrome, Explore-At-Bristol, and Bristol City Football Club. Hop on a Bristol Ferry for an ideal way to see the area from a different perspective.
Alternatively, why not walk up Park Street towards Clifton village, which has a great selection of boutique clothing stores and classy restaurants. Then, there is Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is home to over 450 rare and endangered species.