About Bristol

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Why fly to Bristol?

  • As the quickest way to travel, flying allows you more time to explore all that Bristol has to offer.
  • Due to its location, the airport is well placed for travel to Bath, Bristol and Weston. It also has services available for travel to the south and west of Wales.
  • As a low-cost airline, flying with Easyjet will help you to save some money when you travel. They even have awards to prove it!

It is a city of adventure and invention. Here you can float away in bright balloons. Laugh along with Wallace and Gromit. Sail the seas in search of faraway lands. Or step back in time through the city’s impressive architecture through the ages.

Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe Church showcase the city’s architectural beauty. The historic cathedral is located in the West End of the city. Founded in 1140 as an Augustinian Abbey, visitors will be in awe of its breathtaking design. St Mary Redcliffe Church is another beautiful example of gothic architecture. The building has survived the test of time and has stood for approximately 800 years. Located on the red cliffs above the Floating Harbour, the church is at the heart of the city’s maritime history.

Examples of the Tudor period can also be found across the city. In the West End you can visit The Red Lodge Museum. This museum has been described as Bristol’s hidden treasure and is home to seven rooms, over two floors. 

Beyond the city, Thornbury Castle and Aston Court Mansion are perfect for a relaxed day out. Ashton Court Estate offers a quiet escape from the city centre with 850 acres of woodland. Thornbury Castle is further afield, located 12 miles north of Bristol. This 16th century building  is surrounded by beautiful Tudor Walled Gardens. It was also once owned by Henry VIII.

As a major port for trade, Bristol’s docks were once a hive of activity. Visit the converted 1950s transit shed known as M Shed, found along Bristol’s historic wharf. Alongside this museum, there are also working exhibits including steamboats, trains and cranes.

One of Bristol’s most famous residents was Isambard Kingdom Brunel. An English civil engineer, Brunel’s success remains a solid feature of Bristol’s heritage. One example of his work is the SS Great Britain. This majestic ship was the world’s first ocean liner and Bristol’s number one tourist attraction. 

Another famous project of Brunel’s was the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by the engineer in 1831, the bridge was completed in 1864 after Brunel’s death. Set on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge, it is the defining symbol of Bristol. Popular with tourists, many cross the bridge and explore the colourful Clifton village. Here you will find a quirky Victorian shopping arcade and the Clifton Observatory. And for the animal lovers, Bristol Zoo Gardens can be found nearby too.

Bristol has also played host to many artistic minds. One of its more famous artists is the graffiti artist known as Banksy. You can still see much of his work throughout the city with the help of local guided tours. Another creative giant is Aardman Animations. This artistic team has given us popular classics such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. With the help of its TV, film and art industry, Bristol was awarded the UNESCO City of Film award in 2017.

For more inspiration, VisitBristol can guide you towards all the go-to spots of the city.