When I told people I was headed for Bristol, they almost all looked at my with raised eyebrows, and asked “why Bristol?” as if a tourist wouldn’t ever bother going there. I’ll admit, I hadn’t really heard of Bristol before and had no idea what there was to see, but I met a few people from Bristol when I was in Thailand, and I thought I may as well take a little detour to go for a visit!
Home of Banksy
The famous street artist Banksy comes from Bristol, and you can easily find his art everywhere in the city, without really trying. There are all sorts of walking tours you can do to see some of his more famous work, or you can simply walk around the city and stumble upon some smaller pieces.
This legendary circle of standing stones is known world-wide and it’s always been something I wanted to go see. It’s only about an hour outside of Bristol, and you pass through the beautiful city of Bath, which is also worth a visit if you have the time.
I’ll be totally honest, it was a little underwhelming. We couldn’t go inside the circle or touch the stones, we could only look, so after about 20 minutes, we’d had enough. The most interesting part was the visitor centre, which had a ton of information about Stonehenge’s history, the theories of what is was used for, how it was created, etc. There was human remains that were found in the land, all kinds of other little treasures and artefacts found on the site, adding more questions and theories as to why it was created, but also diagrams and videos that showed the evolution of Stonehenge. We did a small detour on our way back to see Woodhenge, another similar site, though this one was made of wood and they recreated it with cement stumps… there really wasn’t much there, but it was still interesting to see something so old still standing, that we still haven’t figured out all its mysteries and most likely never will.
ss Great Britain
This famous boat has travelled over 1 million miles in its lifetime! It was abandonned in the Falkland islands for almost 90 years before it was shipped back to the UK. You could walk along the bottom of the ship in the dry dock, and walk through the ship, many of the rooms re-decorated to their former glory.
It was pretty high up on the TripAdvisor list of things to do, so I thought I may as well give it a try. This was a beautiful old tower that you could climb and get a great view of the city. I was slightly dizzy from the spiral staircase, but the view was worth it.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
This beautiful bridge is probably the most well-known landmarks of the city. Built in 1864, it has been a toll bridge since it opened, but also the sight of many major events; the first modern bungee jump, the last flight of the Concord and the hand over of the Olympic torch. It’s definitely worth seeing at night when it is lit up.
All in all, Bristol was a beautiful city and it has so much more to offer than what I saw and if I had the chance, I would definitely go back and see more of the city.