Attractions in Bristol and Places to Visit
There are so many Attractions in Bristol to visit. The city of Bristol is a port, built on sea trade and an ideal place to get to grips with the city is the revamped harborside. Berthed and lovingly preserved in the Great Western Dockyard where she was built, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's magnificent ocean-going steamship is a gleaming embodiment of the city's seafaring past. Visitors can stride the decks, explore the luxury first-class cabins and peer into the rather more cramped cooks' galley.
Return to the golden age when steamships were the fastest way to travel the world! A visit to Brunel's SS Great Britain, can take you back to those heady days. Hear the story of Captain Gray, and relive the epic salvage operation known as the "Incredible Journey".
Bristol's most iconic attraction is Brunel's wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge, which has spanned the Avon Gorge for 150 years. You can simply marvel at the spectacular views of, and from, this famous structure, or if you want to find out more, there's a Visitor Centre open daily, or free guided tours at weekends and bank holidays. You'll get great views of the bridge from Clifton village, and a great view from below at Cumberland Basin.
For one of the best views of the city and beyond, climb up to the top of Brandon Hill and scramble up the spiral stairs of the city's iconic Cabot Tower. Reopened to the public three years ago, the tower was originally built in 1897 to commemorate Italian John Cabot's expedition from Bristol to North America 400 years earlier. Get your breath back afterwards with an amble around the surrounding parkland and nature reserve or a snooze in the adjacent wildflower meadow.