There are some parts of the world which are just set for tourism. If we were to turn to Europe, it goes without saying that London, Paris and the usual candidates form part of this list.
Then, there are the areas which might not be first thought of. This is where the topic of today’s post comes into play, Bristol.
As we’ll soon find out, this is a city which opens up a wealth of tourist opportunities – many of which you have probably never thought of.
As well as the above, we also have to touch on finances. As anyone who has considered UK travel will testify, visiting London is anything but budget-friendly. It means that you have to think outside the box and again, this is where Bristol comes into the equation. Whether it is through the great local hotels, or the attractions which tend to be a little cheaper, Bristol has it all.
In terms of what to expect from this South Western city, let’s take a look at some of the must-visit attractions in Bristol in-detail.
The famous suspension bridge
Suggesting a bridge as the first attraction to visit for a city might not sound overly inspiring, but give us time.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the finest examples of engineering in the whole of the UK. It was formed by the famous Isambard Kingdom Brunel and what is quite amazing about this bridge is the fact that it took 33 years to construct. There’s a really interesting backstory behind it, with Brunel unfortunately passing away before the 412m-long bridge could be completed.
There’s plenty of street art
Of course, we’re not talking about standard graffiti in this next part of the article. There are strong rumors that Bristol is home to some hugely famous artists, with Banksy topping this list. It means that it is covered in art from head to toe and if you venture to Stokes Croft (in Montpelier), you’ll find all sorts of interesting pieces. The fact that it hosts Upfest, the largest street art festival in the continent, should sum things up nicely as well.
Another “largest in Europe” moment
Following on from the Upfest name drop, let’s now delve into the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. As the name may have already given away, this is all about hot air balloons and has been officially been given the mantle as the largest in Europe.
Generally, you’ll find about 130 hot air balloons making their way over to Bristol from all over the globe, although you’ll have to time your stay accordingly as this festival only runs for four days in August.
The wonders of waterside
Like a lot of cities, Bristol has invested heavily in its docks over recent times. If we were to turn back the clock, centuries ago it was a key city in the trade of people, with thousands of ships docking there.
Suffice to say, times have changed. This area has been completely upgraded and while you can see subtle historical references, in the main it is full of restaurants, bars and galleries which are worthy of a visit.