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Visitor's Guide to Bristol

Visitor's Guide to Bristol Bristol is the epitome of a thriving modern British city. Close to the sea, it has a long history of commerce and was once a major location for trading and manufacturing tobacco, paper, print and packaging.

Bristol is no longer a major port but the docks still play an important role in Bristol life, and the area is now a rejuvenated hub for city living, arts and restaurants.

The city has a population of around 0.4 million who all get to make the most of Bristol's excellent location close to the Costswolds, the Mendips, and the Forest of Dean, as well as sister city Bath.

Visitors flock to Bristol to enjoy its theatres, galleries, restaurants and bars. There’s plenty of entertainment to be had here and if your idea of entertainment invloves sitting back and watching others, you can sit on the sidelines and watch action from the two major football teams (City and Rovers), two rugby teams (Bristol and Clifton) and several cricket clubs who all have home grounds in and around the city. Bristol is also just a few miles from one of Britain’s best racecourses at Wincanton.

Shoppers will find a range of excellent places for a spot of retail therapy including the beautiful Georgian Clifton shopping quarter, where you can be transported to a bygone era whilst still having access to the best in designer names and independent shops.

History buffs will find a range of excellent museums showcasing Bristol’s long and interesting past. One of Bristol’s most famous adopted sons is Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is responsible for the magnificent Clifton Suspension bridge as well as designing several other impressive buildings in Bristol including The Great Western Hotel.

Finding accommodation here is easy as there’s plenty available to suit every budget, from the dizzy heights of the luxurious Jury’s Bristol Hotel [map] to the comfortable rooms of the youth hostel at Narrow Quay.

So why not explore the delights of Bristol with the gosomewhere guide to this great city...

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