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Bristol Weekend Break

Serving as one of the most important cities in the whole of England, Bristol has a long and rich history. Many interesting attractions can be found here, while Bristol is also the perfect place to go on a shopping spree.

Nature lovers will also find plenty of picturesque places to unwind in the city and surrounding area and festivals that celebrate the history and culture of the city are held throughout the year.

Things to see and do in Bristol

Spanning the Avon Gorge and constructed back in 1864, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most impressive landmarks. The bridge was built as a tribute to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and visitors who stroll along the footpath will be treated to stunning views of the city and surrounding area.

Clifton Suspension Bridge – Bristol, England

Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, England, UK.

Views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge can be enjoyed by visiting Bristol Clifton Observatory and Caves. This converted windmill boasts a camera obscura that can be used to project impressive images of the surrounding landscape onto the walls of the main tower, while the nearby Giant’s Cave provides visitors with spectacular views of Avon Gorge.

Situated close to the heart of the city, Bristol Harbour dates to the 19th century and has recently received a major facelift. This area is home to the interesting and informative At-Bristol museum as well as the mighty SS Great Britain as well as a whole host of bars, shops and restaurants.

Established during the reign of Queen Anne is the 18th century, Queen Square is one of the largest squares in the whole of Europe. This is a great place to take a stroll on a sunny day, while there is also a large grassy area where visitors can pause to enjoy a picnic.

Clifton Observator – Bristol, England

This former windmill, known as “The Snuff Mill”, was converted into an observatory by William West in 1829 and houses a Camera Obscura. This provides a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, which includes Clifton Downs and the suspension bridge.

Awarded the title of Zoo of the Year by the Good Britain Guide back in 2004, Bristol Zoo contains an impressive collection of animals that hail from all around the world housed in large natural enclosures. The surrounding gardens are also ideal for visitors to explore and many interesting activities and exhibitions are held here throughout the year to provide visitors with information about the world’s animals.

Climate conditions

The weather in Bristol tends to be rather unpredictable, although May to September offer plenty of warm and sunny days. It can get rather crowded in Bristol in the height of the summer and anyone who wishes to unwind should perhaps visit between March and May when the flowers are in bloom and there are several flower festivals to enjoy.