Colorful Bristol -Top things to do in a day!
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Being an art lover, Bristol mesmerized me! You look anywhere you will see beautiful graffiti, colorful houses and the dramatic artwork of the famous graffiti artist Banksy. It is said that there are more than 130 Banksy artworks around the city. There are dedicated trails if you want to see them all, but as I was visiting Bristol only for a day, I added a couple of them in my itinerary so that I could take a quick stop and admire few of the famous ones!

Starting by stepping into the supersonic Concorde that challenged the skies, to the SS Brunel’s that ruled the waters for a decade, colorful city embedded in natures beauty with a touch of architectural marvel of the Clifton bridge to a cheerful shopping street of Cabot Circus and last but not the least the most amazing Cider you can ever have… Bristol had it all to make a day of my life memorable!

My Day in Detail!

Aerospace Bristol

As we were driving from the North of England, the first stop was Aerospace Bristol. From the earliest aeroplanes to space technology and the supersonic Concorde, you can see them all under one roof! There is a whole wealth of information about the aerospace industry and you can easily spend a day there reading the details and admiring the real life models. Most exciting part for me about the visit was that I could step aboard Concord!

Entry charges: £17.00 (adult), Time Required – 2 to 3 hours, Has dedicated parking space. https://aerospacebristol.org/

SS Brunel’s

Next, we drove towards the Bristol city and headed towards SS Brunel’s – The most advanced and longest passenger steamship that sailed from 1845 to 1854! Walking in the magnificent ship will actually take you back to the era as it has been wonderfully maintained with live models and 4D effects which are pretty cool! It felt like walking in the Titanic as it well resembled the way it was shown in the movie with the lower deck for the poor and the upper deck cabins for the rich. There is also a Brunel’s museum in the vicinity which is included in the ticket and was worth seeing.

Entry charges: £17.00 (adult passenger). Time required: 2-3 hours. Pay and Park at Brunel’s SS Great Britain Car Park. https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/

Bristol Marina

After having an historic morning, we walked along the banks of the river on the opposite side of the floating harbour for a while and got immersed in the serenity of the place. We then headed towards Bristol Marina and on the way stopped by to see Banksy’s famous painting the Girl with pearl earring (now she has a mask on as well! :-D). The view at Bristol Marina is amazing with the colourful houses. Could also see a team of people getting ready to row as there was a rowing club nearby. There were also people Canoeing/Kayaking, SUP (stand-up Paddle boarding), Powerboating, and Raft-building. I wished I had planned to spend a day more in Bristol to enjoy all these activities!

Clifton suspension bridge

After a good break, we walked back to the car park and drove to the Clifton suspension bridge – an architectural marvel that was designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 for light horse-drawn traffic but still meets the 21st century commute needs with 11-12,000 vehicles crossing it every day! We drove over the bridge towards the Clifton Observatory. It offers the views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond. You can also visit the Giant Cave and Camera Obscura. It offers multiple packages. https://cliftonobservatory.com/tickets/ The surrounding area of the observatory has walking trails (We went back the next day morning to enjoy a nice morning walk and to get a better view of the Bristol City). As for the evening hours, the view from the bridge looked really nice as the sun was setting and the lights were turned on. There is no dedicated car park for the observatory though, so we had to struggle to find a pay and park space along the roadside.

Banksy’s Well Hung Lover

From there, we drove back to the heart of the city towards Cabot Circus with a quick halt to see another Banksy special – the Well Hung Lover – A graffiti that has been admired and ridiculed at the same time! Cabot circus is a nice shopping center with over 150 shops and many restaurants. We were very tired by the time we reached here, so just parked the car in the shopping center’s car park as our hotel did not have parking, checked in to the hotel which was pretty nearby and head out to finally have the amazing ciders Bristol is so popularly known for. And I must say, the wait was all worth it to have the kickass Old Bristolian cider (8.4%) at The Apple, a floating bar on the Welsh Back. There is a whole bunch you can try from with varied % of sweetness and dryness! This place only offers Ciders though, but the location is amazing as it is just at the riverside and there are a number of pubs and restaurants for pub hopping. I had used this site as a guide and am sure will help others as well to pick up options for food and drinks! https://visitbristol.co.uk/blog/read/2019/06/a-cider-drinkers-guide-to-bristol-b52

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