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Atrractions in Bristol, Bath and the South West

  • Explore Brisol, Bath and the South West - 20 great days out

    1. Bristol Farmer's Market
    Every Wednesday from 9.30am - 2.30pm
    Local producers from a 40-mile radius sell a massive range of food from cheese, fish, honey, cakes, vegetables to meat, game and poultry at this award-winning market. All the produce is grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked or smoked by the stallholders.

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    2. Matthew of Bristol
    Today the replica of the Matthew sits proudly in Bristol harbour for all to see. The general public are able to board the Matthew as well as embark on trips around the harbour.

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    3. Brunel's SS Great Britain
    Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass sea to touch the worlds first great ocean liner.

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    4. City Museum and Art Gallery
    Bristol's major museum and art gallery houses an outstanding and diverse range of objects, from sea dinosaurs to magnificent art. A visit to the region's largest museum and art gallery is guaranteed to inspire you!

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    5. The Red Lodge
    The Red Lodge is often described as Bristol's 'hidden treasure' because of its magnificent Tudor rooms. The house, built in 1580, is furnished in Elizabethan, Stuart and Georgian styles and contains the impressive Great Oak Room, with its original Elizabethan plasterwork ceiling, oak panelling and carved chimneypiece. From here you can gaze down on the knot garden below.

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    6. Clifton Suspension Bridge
    The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. Its story began in 1754 with the dream of a Bristol wine merchant who left a legacy to build a bridge over the Gorge.

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    7. Berkeley Castle
    Berkeley Castle is one of the most remarkable buildings in Britain and possibly the most outstanding example of Mediaeval domestic architecture in the country.
    Where other Castles were romanticised or "modernised" by the Georgians or the Victorians, Berkeley quietly survived as what it is: a Norman fortress with an enclosing curtain wall, built and enlarged through the mediaeval period and beyond into a secure, comfortable, substantial home.

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    8. Dyrham Park
    Set in a beautiful Gloucestershire valley and surrounded by 110 hectares of garden and rolling parkland, this grand baroque house with spectacular sweeping views towards Bristol was designed by Talman for William Blathwayt, Secretary at War during the reign of William III. Lavish 17th-century collections reflect the fashion for all things Dutch, including paintings and furniture. Later 18th-century additions include furniture by Gillow and Linnell, and the Victorian domestic quarters provide visitors with an intriguing insight into life below stairs.

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    9. Walk Bristol
    Bristol has a long and sometimes complicated history, from very humble beginnings to the complex and sprawling city it is today.

    Surprisingly, the Romans bypassed the town, settling in Bath with the main port at Sea Mills, but people lived on the site that became the 'Old City' of Bristol for at least 1000 years.
    So come and join a walk that will be entertaining, educational, enlightening and thought provoking.

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    10. Bristol Catherdal
    A church has probably stood on this site for over a thousand years but it came to prominence in 1148 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St. Augustine. The Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse remain clearly to be seen: other remains are within Bristol Cathedral Choir School.

    The eastern end of the Cathedral, especially in the Choir, gives Bristol Cathedral a unique place in the development of British and European Architecture. The Nave, Choir and Aisles are all the same height, creating the appearance of a large hall. Bristol Cathedral is the major example of a 'Hall Church' in Great Britain and one of the finest anywhere in the world.

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    11. Bristol Ferry Boat Tours
    The Bristol Ferry Boat Company run ferries in and around the Harbourside throughout the day, enabling you to enjoy a round trip tour, hop-on and hop-off to the many Harbourside attractions or simply get from A to B without having to worry about traffic.

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    12. City Sightseeing Open Top Bus
    Travelling on one of our bright red City Sightseeing Bristol open-top buses is the very best way to see the city of Bristol. As you look at the sights of the city from high up on the bus, your fully-trained guide will introduce you to Bristol's history and numerous visitor attractions.

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    13. Bristol Zoo Gardens
    Bristol Zoo Gardens is much more than a fun-filled and stimulating day out for all the family. It's a place to learn more out about animals in the wild – especially endangered ones.

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    14. Blue Reef Aquarium
    Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

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    15. Avon
    combination of nature, attractions and stunning scenery ensures that the hours of fun are endless at one of the West's most popular family destinations.

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    16. The Roman Baths
    The Roman Baths is one of the largest tourist attractions in South West England. Visit the heart of the World Heritage Site. Around Britain's only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. See the water's source and walk where Romans walked on the ancient stone pavements around the steaming pool. The extensive ruins and treasures from the spring are beautifully preserved and presented using the best of modern interpretation.

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    17. St Mary Redcliffe Church
    St Mary Redcliffe is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, which has stood on this site for some 800 years. Within its hallowed walls, you will find a superb collection of carved bosses, elegant 18th century ironwork, beautiful stained glass and a world famous organ.

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    18. Bristol Highlands Walk
    Explore the colourful and historic Old Town, City Centre and lively Harbourside areas in the company of a qualified Blue Badge Guide from Bristol. Tours take place every saturday at 11:00pm and last 2 hours. No need to book just meet at the Beetle Sculpture in Anchor Square. Large groups should Bristol & South west Tour Gides in advance. This walk runs every Saturday from April until the end of September.


    19. Number Seven boat trips
    Number Seven Boat Trips Limited was established in 1999 and have since been providing public ferry services and private charter trips around Bristol and on the River Avon. They also provide efficient cross-harbour ferry and commuter services around Bristol Harbour.

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    20. Cabot Circus
    Constructed at a cost of £500 million, Cabot Circus is an architectural masterpiece. Its centrepiece is a glass roof equal to the size of one and a half football pitches and the steel reinforcements used in construction could stretch from England to South Africa. A series of public art and community projects show that Cabot Circus is more than just a shopping experience – it’s returning Bristol to its rightful place on centre stage.

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