Bristol has reinvented itself from a centre of heavy industry into a city full of culture, attractions and nightlife. Whether visiting for a few days or a local looking for something different, you will never be short of things to do in Bristol. History lovers will find plenty to admire from Brunel's SS Great Britain to Clifton's iconic Severn Bridge. Art-lovers can trace the work of street artist Banksy or head further back in time with a world-class collection of art galleries and museums. If you like to be beside the water, then head for the lively harbour-side, where museums sit alongside restaurants and nightclubs. The official Bristol website, has plenty of information to get you started.
Take a stroll around Bristol's streets to reveal a mix of buildings charting the city's history from its small beginnings as Brigstow hamlet to its industrial height during the Georgian period. The ruins of the Norman Bristol Castle can be explored in Castle Park. Follow this with a visit to the Gothic splendours of Bristol Cathedral. Visitors fascinated by the intrigues of Tudor history will enjoy nearby Thornbury Castle and the Red Lodge Museum, where a charming Elizabethan Knot garden can be viewed. Maritime history, which brought wealth to the city, can be seen in the interactive displays of the M Shed Museum at the harbour.
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