Now officially one of England’s top five most popular tourist destinations and a great place to pencil in for your next UK motorhome trip. Bristol is home to a wealth of attractions many of which are easy to reach on foot.
Motorhomers will find that the historic Harbourside in Bristol’s city centre features some of the city’s finest attractions including the hands-on science centre, At-Bristol, which will welcome a new £1.5m permanent exhibition in 2011 designed for all age groups called ‘All About Us’ which celebrates all things human.
The city’s Harbourside also has a new attraction, The Bristol Aquarium and IMAX 3D cinema and a new addition to Harbourside area will be unveiled this year and is expected to wow visitors with its fascinating insight into the 1000 year history of Bristol.
The ‘M Shed’, which is a short stroll from At-Bristol, The Bristol Aquarium and Brunel’s SS Great Britain one of the most important ships from Britain’s sea-faring past, will uncover Bristol’s trading past and wartime experiences. The museum relates the stories of Bristolians through the ages and how the city has grown and transformed into what it is today.
North of the city centre, a 25 minute walk, or a 10 minute journey on a number 8 or 9 bus, is the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge which was also designed by Brunel and spans the spectacular Avon Gorge.
Bristol is proud of its profusion of churches and places to worship and it is worth visiting some of these remarkable locations that have helped to make Bristol a place of significant religious importance.
You can take a train from Temple Meads Railway Station, to Weston-super-Mare, historical seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including the new ultimate indoor theme park, Grand Pier. This offers world class rides, attractions and entertainment for all ages, all in one weatherproof arena!
The compact city of Bath is only a fifteen minute journey by train also from Temple
Meads Station, and First buses run a service from Bristol to Wells on number 376. Don’t forget to use your bus or train passes. Each of these beautiful cities has stunning historical architecture Bath Abbey and Wells Cathedral for sure, quaint shops and markets.
And for children;
Bristol Zoo Gardens – As part of the zoo’s 175th anniversary celebrations, a new meerkat exhibit will be open in time for children and adults to enjoy during half term.
During half term week, the Mr Brunel character will be visiting the SS Great Britain and entertaining families with stories about the ship he designed. Also on the ship will be Gruesome Greens – a session of storytelling onboard.
Bristol Pirate Walks are run by Pirate Pete and entertain visitors with a one-hour guided walking tour of Bristol’s historic Harbourside. The walks cover Bristol’s often grizzly 16th, 17th and 18th century maritime history, including discovery, trade, slavery and piracy. On the walk, visitors will discover Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smugglers cave, visit Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn where the press gangs roamed and find Blackbeard’s Lair in the medieval port. Walks start at 2.00pm on Saturday and Sunday from outside At-Bristol in Millennium Square.
Bristol Pirate Walks can be booked at the Tourist Information Centre or via Pirate Pete.