Travel & Tourism Tips

bristol city squareUnrivaled in terms of size in all of the West Country, Bristol can be found 193 kilometers west of London and about 21 kilometers northwest of Bath. It lies across the Bristol Channel from Wales and is a desirable city to live in should you decided to explore Western Britain. Because it is connected to the sea by the River Avon, there are many seafaring activities in Bristol, some even dating back to the early colonization of the Americans. In fact, this historic city is where John Cabot sailed from when he discovered the northern half of America.

Getting There & Around

Bristol Airport is the main entry point to Bristol when you’re traveling by plane. It is located beside the main A38 road, about 11 kilometers away from the center.

But a more efficient way to get to Bristol is via train. Trips are conducted by First Great Western, which leave from London Paddington Station. It will bring you to either one of Bristol’s two stations: Temple Meads or Parkway. The trip from London to Bristol lasts about 1 ¼ hours.

You may also take the buses by National Express, which leaves Victoria Coach Station in London every hour. The trip takes 2 ½ hour in total. For those who plan to bring their own cars and drive to Bristol, drive west from London, and use the M4.

Main Attractions

Bristol Cathedral

bristol cathedralThe site of this cathedral used to be the location of an Augustinian abbey, but in the 12th century, construction of this cathedral had gone underway, with the chapter house and gatehouse boasting of one of the world’s finest examples of late Norman architecture. The creation was so outstanding, that even the poet laureate Sir John Betjeman could not keep from praising the structure.

SS Great Britain

The SS Great Britain is the world’s first iron steamship and luxury liner, and has been partially restored. This ship weighs about 3,443 tons, and was designed by Isambard Brunel.

St. Mary Radcliffe Church

St. Mary Radcliffe ChurchThis church boasts of fine Gothic architecture, probably one of the best in England. Queen Elizabeth I and the poet Thomas Chatterton have been known to express great praises to this church. The church’s American Chapel is the final resting of Admiral Sir William Penn, the father of the found of Pennsylvania. His armor is on display as well.

Theatre Royal

This theatre holds the honor of being the oldest working theatre house in the entire United Kingdom. It has been in operation since 1766, and has witnessed productions by Bristol Old Vic. Tours are held from Friday to Saturday.

Dining Out

Bell ‘s Diner

This quaint hideaway serves up delectable Mediterranean dishes that will keep you coming back for more. The menu varies by the day, depending on the fresh ingredients available from the market. This used to be a little dining place that has been turned into a bistro, with walls adorned by the city’s skyline. Dishes served are quite imaginative and delicious.


Quite a popular dining place in Bristol, because of its ambience and interior design, which consists of a great blend of stone, wood, marble, crystal, and glass, splashed with rich colors. But what makes Byzantium great is that its food is also as good. Dishes served can be classified fusion, but has a French base. Don’t forget to order the Food Lantern, which consists of a variety of nibbles served on a two-tier plate.

Lords Restaurant

Lords is a classic French restaurant, located in what used to be a bank vault. The bank vault ambience creates a different type of dining ambience, complete with iron grille doors and checkerboard floors. Dishes served make use of the freshest ingredients. Recommended meals are the wild sea bass with saffron and fresh basil, the roast loin of venison, fish soup, and the saute of guinea fowl with shallots.

Important Visitor Information

For any queries, you can always pay a visit to Bristol ‘s tourist information center. You can find this building on Anchor Road

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