Ok, so you’re heading to Bristol, maybe on business, maybe to catch up with some family or friends or to attend an event, but have never seen the city before and would like to do a little sightseeing in the limited amount of time you have while you’re there. But what do you see, and where do you go? We’ve put together a shortlist of Bristolian sights that can all be visited in one day to give you a real flavour of the city. Just pick up your hire car at Bristol Airport and hit the road.
One of the most famous contributors to the success and development of Bristol was engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You cannot visit the city without driving across the infamous Clifton Suspension Bridge which, when it was built in 1831 was the longest in the world. It’s just a twenty minute drive from the airport and will take you across the River Avon and into the city to begin sightseeing in earnest.
The city is built on the River Avon and shipping trade has played a huge part in its history.
Your next stop should be a visit to another of Brunel’s greatest achievements, the ss Great Britain. When built in 1843, this ship was by far the largest ocean liner in the world and the first to be built with iron. It transported people from the UK to Australia before becoming a carrier for troops, then freight, and then running aground in the Falklands. Since then it has been rescued, returned to Bristol and lovingly restored and is now considered one of the best visitor attractions in the UK. Take a tour on its decks, through its cabins and even underneath its hull.
From one of Bristol’s oldest contributors to one of its most modern, this would be a perfect time to check out some street art by one of the city’s most famous sons – Banksy. The infamous work of this graffiti artists can be viewed in various locations across the city, but this piece on the side of the Bristol Centre on Park Street is one of the most famous and is just a couple of miles from the ss Great Britain.
By now you might be feeling a bit peckish and the Llandoger Trow pub is a great place to park up for lunch. One of the most traditional Bristolian dishes is the humble pie and they serve it up here among many other classic British pub dishes. The Llandoger Trow welcomes families and has plenty of seating outside if you’re visiting when the weather is fine. It’s one of the oldest standing timber-framed buildings in all of Bristol and sits at the heart of the oldest part of town. Dining here is like stepping back in time to when pirates and shipmasters used to pop in for lunch – just like you.
After a big lunch, it’s always nice to take a walk and you won’t find yourself short of parks and outdoor spaces to do that here. Bristol is one of the UK’s greenest cities and among the many recreation areas you could visit, St. Andrew’s Park is one of the prettiest. Surrounded by Victorian architecture, this park is popular with students, families and anyone wanting to practice juggling, play a guitar or chuck a frisbee. Aside from being a pleasant place to simply enjoy a stroll, you’ll find a tea room, paddling pool, play park and public toilets.
And there you have it, a flavour of Bristol in just one day. If you were recommending the must-see sights, would you suggest anything that hasn’t made our shortlist? Maybe you’d like to tell us about the hotspots in your own town or city? We love to hear recommendations from the experts, so get in touch and we’ll make sure your suggestions get reviewed here.