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SS. Great Britain

SS. Great Britain

When you board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain, it is as if you have stepped back in time. Discover the stories behind the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, the sounds, and the smells, of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend, under the water line below the glass ‘sea’, to touch the world’s first, steam drive, ocean-going passenger ship.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol

Clifton Suspension Bridge

This is the ideal way to see many important Bristol landmarks in a day and learn about its history simultaneously. Set off on a walking tour along the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and pass by Clifton Down, Clifton College, Bristol Zoo and the Sea Walls to the top of Whiteladies Road and Blackboy Hill. Along the way, you’ll get fascinating insights about the sights dating back centuries.

Cabot Tower built by Henry VIII to view Bristol Channel

Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower is a tower in Bristol, England, in a public park on Brandon Hill, between the city centre, Clifton and Hotwells. It is a grade II listed building. The tower was built in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the journey of John Cabot from Bristol to Newfoundland in 149. And the discovery of land which later be known as Canada.

Redcliffe caves

Redcliffe Caves

Redcliffe Caves are a series of man-made tunnels beneath the Redcliffe area of Bristol, England. The Triassic red sandstone was dug in the Middle Ages. It provided sand for glass making and pottery production. From the 17th to early 19th centuries further excavation took place and the caves were subsequently used for storing trade goods.

The Camera Obscura Observatory Bristol

Observatory and Camera Obscrura

William West’s Camera Obscura is one of just three working Camera Obscuras in the UK. This astonishing feat of engineering has sat on top of Clifton Tower since 1828. Get a glimpse of how Victorian visitors must have felt admiring the landscape from atop the tower.

The Georgian House

The Georgian House

This house is a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. Georgian is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1714 and 1830. It is named after the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover, George I, George II, George III, and George IV, who reigned in unbroken succession from August 1714 to June 1830.

We The Curious Bristol

We the curious

We The Curious (previously At-Bristol or ‘@Bristol’) is a science and arts centre and educational charity in Bristol, England. It features over 250 interactive exhibits over two floors, and members of the public and school groups can also engage with the Live Science Team over programming in the kitchen, studio and live lab.

Christmas Steps

Christmas Steps

Christmas Street, on the boundary of the Bartholomew estate Formerly known as Cutler’s Street, Knifesmith Street and Queen Street respectively, until 1774, when it became known as Christmas Steps. Originally this was a stone path until 1669 when Jonathan Blackwell, a Sheriff, paid for the erection of the steps. In a niche at the top of the steps is a tribute to Blackwell.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Museum and Art Gallery Bristol

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is the largest in Bristol. It is situated in Clifton, about half a mile from the city centre. As part of Bristol Culture, it is run by the Bristol City Council with no entrance fee. It holds designated museum status, granted by the government to protect outstanding museums. The collections on show are Geology, Natural History, Eastern Art, and Bristol’s History, including English Delftware.

The Red Lodge Museum Bristol

The Red Lodge Museum

The Red Lodge Museum is a historic house museum in Bristol, England. The original building was Tudor/Elizabethan, and construction began in 1579–1580, possibly to the design of Sebastiano Serlio. The main additional building phases are from the 1730s and the early 19th century. The Red Lodge is a free museum but runs on donations, and is managed as a branch of Bristol City Council.

Blaise Hamlet Hallen Road Bristol

Blaise Hamlet

Blaise Hamlet is a group of nine 19th-century rustic cottages around a green, near Bristol. It is partially open to the public and accessible by a gate on Hallen Road, with public toilets and a café at the Blaise Castle Estate, where there is paid parking.

Giant's Cave Avon Gorge Bristol

Giant's Cave

Excavated in the rock face of Avon Gorge is a 200ft (70m) tunnel. Originally, only accessible from the rock face of the Avon Gorge. The tunnel has had many names, The Giant’s Cave, Glyston’s Cave and latterly, ‘St. Vincent’s Cave’. The tunnel can be accessed from within the Observatory and, after descending 70m, opens onto a viewing platform 250 feet above the gorge.

M-Shed Bristol

M-Shed

M Shed is a museum all about Bristol. Explore the city through time: its places, its people and their stories. Entry to M Shed is free. Free entry! See amazing films and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add to your memories of Bristol.

St. Nicholas Market

St. Nicholas Market

The market was established in 1743. Its classical façade was built by Samuel Glascodine, with John Wood the Elder. Four principal streets meet at the top of the High Street. These are High Street, Corn Street, Wine Street and Broad Street. Parallel to the market entrance stand the ‘nails’. Four bronze tables – ‘nails’ – are located outside the exchange on Corn Street, probably modelled after mobile tables that were taken to trade fairs and markets.

The Matthew

The Matthew of Bristol

The Matthew of Bristol is a modern reconstruction of the original Matthew that John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland in 1497. A much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage, the ship is open to the public and has a busy schedule of public boat trips, private hire trips, filming and festival work.

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