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1. History of Bristol
The settlement of Bristol began in Anglo Saxon times between the rivers Avon and Frome, and was known as Brigstowe – which means settlement by the bridge. The Normans built a castle in the area known as Castle Park, and remains of this can be seen today. Bristol traded with countries all over the world from its port. Merchants began to build houses further away from the docks...Read more
2. Now in Bristol
The old dock area has been redeveloped into Bristol Harbourside with museums, galleries, arts centres, shops, wine bars, pubs and restaurants. A lot of the old architecture still remains in Bristol, sitting alongside modern buildings and shopping centres. The Harbourside area of the city now houses the Arnolfini arts centre and the Watershed media centre. Bristol University ens...Read more
3. Events in Bristol
Pride Bristol is the festival for the gay community in Bristol and runs for a week in the summer with music, comedy, book, film, theatre and sport. Bristol VegFest UK takes place in the city every year and aims to promote a vegan and eco-friendly way of life. The three-day event includes live music and entertainment. The Upfest festival is held in Bristol every year and is a ce...Read more
4. Attractions in Bristol
Bristol Zoo Gardens has 400 species of animal, including exotic and endangered animals. The zoo also offers an adventure play area, a water play area, animal talks and more. Brunel’s ss Great Britain sits in the city’s Harbourside and allows visitors to peek back in time as they climb aboard and find out what life was like for the Victorian passengers. Bristol Museum and Ar...Read more
5. Things To Do in Bristol
There is plenty of sightseeing to be done in Bristol. Churches, cathedrals and the Clifton Suspension Bridge are among the many historic sites to visit. Tourists can check out some of the artwork of the city’s famous graffiti artist Banksy as they walk around Bristol. Open top bus tours, ghost tours and hot air balloon rides are other ways to see the city of Bristol. The Bris...Read more
6. Business in Bristol
The aerospace industry has always been a big part of business in Bristol, and it still is today. The Bristol Aeroplane Company was founded in the city in 1910 and Concorde was built in Bristol in the 1960s. It is a popular relocation spot for business and investment, and regeneration of the waterfront areas is still ongoing. There are two main indoor shopping centres in the cit...Read more
7. Transport in Bristol
Bristol Airport has flights to cities in the UK and all over the world. Bristol Temple Meads train station has direct links to London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham. The M4 and M5 motorways serve Bristol, giving easy access by road.
8. Entertainment in Bristol
Bristol Old Vic Theatre is Britain’s oldest working theatre and stages classics, new works and shows for families. The Watershed media centre shows film, digital media and events as well as live music and themed events. The Tobacco Factory is a studio theatre that shows a variety of performances. The Bristol Hippodrome is the venue to see West End and Broadway productions in ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Bristol
Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge and is a Grade I listed structure. The Severn Bridges sit in the Avonmouth area of Bristol. There is a visitor centre at the site.
10. Interesting Facts about Bristol
Famous pirate Blackbeard is said to have come from Bristol.
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