Bristol

Bristol City

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Overview

Leave the M Shed to visit the SS Great Britain. Enjoy Ashton Court Estate before crossing the Clifton Suspension Bridge and taking in the views from Clifton Observatory. Spend time at Bristol Zoo before touring Bristol Museum & Gallery. Enjoy the views from Cabot Tower before passing Bristol Cathedral en route to Arnolfini at the waterfront.

M Shed

It’s all about Bristol – explore the photos, exhibits and interactive displays of the M Shed to uncover the story of Bristol from prehistoric times to the modern day. You can also explore he adjoining L Shed and the working exhibits in the Bristol Dockyard.

SS Great Britain Landing

Visit Brunel’s SS Great Britain, launched in 1843 and known as “the ship that changed the world” – you can explore the Dockyard Museum, step on aboard the ship and explore the historic waterfront on a great adventure for all the family.

Ashton Court Estate

Ashton Court Estate is made up of 850 acres of woods and grassland, including a deer park. Visit the mansion, take in the miniature railway, enjoy the café or for the more energetic, set off on a mountain bike. Time it right and you can enjoy the spectacle of the Bristol International Balloon Festival.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the Avon Gorge – the River Avon flows underneath – rising and falling 13m each day with the tide. Enjoy a bridge tour, visit the Leigh Wood Vaults – hidden chambers supporting the bridge - or climb Observatory Hill for some great views of the bridge.

Clifton Observatory

A former windmill dating back to the 18th century, Clifton Observatory affords visitors some spectacular views from its observation tower. Journey through the caves to take in some great views of Avon Gorge from the cliff face.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Take a walk on the wild side – get up close a large variety of animals from bugs to gorillas on an enjoyable and educational trip to Bristol Zoo. Explore the aquarium, the bird forest and the 12 acre gardens, home to some rare plants and flowers.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Explore the galleries and collections of the Bristol Museum & Gallery, together with various visiting exhibitions and special events. From Egyptian mummies, dinosaur skeletons and historic maps there is plenty to keep all the family occupied.

Cabot Tower

The 105 ft tall Cabot Tower, built to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage of discovery from Bristol to North America in 1497 is found in Brandon Park – Bristol’s oldest park. You can climb the spiral staircase for some picturesque views over the city and harbourside.

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral is located at College Green and is Britain’s only hall church cathedral. Explore the history of the cathedral and the award winning gardens before enjoying something from the café.

Arnolfini

Set on the Bristol harbourside, Arnolfini is a leading international art centre and gallery where you can enjoy a range of performances and explore the library of art and design books.

Overview

1

M Shed

2
0.8 miles

SS Great Britain Landing

3
2.0 miles

Ashton Court Estate

4
1.5 miles

Clifton Suspension Bridge

5
0.1 miles

Clifton Observatory

6
0.9 miles

Bristol Zoo Gardens

7
1.3 miles

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

8
0.6 miles

Cabot Tower

9
0.7 miles

Bristol Cathedral

10
2.8 miles

Arnolfini

What to see and do…

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Village Hotel, Pub, Grill, & Gym- Bristol

Bullfinch Close, Filton, Bristol, BS34 6FG

Bristol Zoological Society

Bristol Zoo Gardens, College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Countrywide Paintball- Bristol

Gloucester Road, Thornbury, Bristol, GL12 8EA

Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ

PUZZLAIR-4D Real Life Escape Game

1/A Barton Road, St. Philips, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 0LF

SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6TY

TeamSport Indoor Karting

TeamSport Bristol, Avonmouth Way, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9YA

About the Bristol City Trail

Distance:11 miles
Cities / Towns:10
Number Of Businesses:7

Start you journey exploring the history of Bristol at the M Shed on the Bristol waterfront, before heading to Brunel’s magnificent SS Great Britain. Head out to the sprawling Ashton Court Estate before returning via Leigh Woods to the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the Avon Gorge. Enjoy the spectacular views from Clifton Observatory before meeting the animals at Bristol Zoo. Take in the Bristol Museum and Gallery before enjoying the spaces of Brandon Park and the impressive views from Cabot Tower. Pause at Bristol Cathedral before arriving at Arnolfini, a centre for contemporary arts.

Brunel Bonanza

The influence of Brunel is plain to see on a tour of Bristol. From the historically important SS Great Britain to the Clifton Suspension Bridge visitors can enjoy the work of the great mechanical and civil engineer.

Outstanding Vistas

The geography of Bristol provides visitors with some outstanding views. From the Clifton Observatory you can enjoy some picturesque views of the Avon Gorge, whilst the height of the Cabot Tower affords views of the city and harbourside.

Animal Action

Bristol Zoo and Gardens is an important international education and conservation organisation – as well as a great day out. See the large collection of animals and explore the award winning gardens.

Also Nearby

Village Hotel, Pub, Grill, & Gym- Bristol

Bullfinch Close, Filton, Bristol, BS34 6FG

Bristol Zoological Society

Bristol Zoo Gardens, College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

Countrywide Paintball- Bristol

Gloucester Road, Thornbury, Bristol, GL12 8EA

Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5BZ

PUZZLAIR-4D Real Life Escape Game

1/A Barton Road, St. Philips, Bristol, Bristol, BS2 0LF

SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6TY

TeamSport Indoor Karting

TeamSport Bristol, Avonmouth Way, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 9YA

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