80 attractions you should visit in Bristol City - With photos & details

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Top 80 attractions to explore in Bristol City

The city of Bristol, set inland on the Avon River and with access to the Bristol Channel, has an illustrious history as one of England's oldest ports. Among Bristol's many tourist attractions are 30 art galleries and a number of parks. For families, there's Bristol Zoo Gardens and We The Curious, a science and arts center that is especially designed to engage young minds.

Aerospace BristolHayes Way, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BZ, UK
Museums

Aerospace Bristol is an aerospace museum at Filton. It tells the incredible story of Bristol’s amazing aviation achievements and gives you and your family the chance to step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last of the supersonic jets ever to fly.

Arnolfini Arts16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
Art Centres

Arnolfini is a center for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s harbourside in the heart of the city.  It presents an ambitious programme of visual arts, performance, dance, film, music, workshops and family events. One of the iconic attraction in this area and it will be a new experience.

Ashton Court EstateLong Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN, UK
Outdoors- Other
Iconic Buildings

The Ashton Court Estate was once the gracious home of the Smyth family, and is now a historic park which covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands in total, designed by Humphry Repton. There is a terraced lawn, a sunken garden, a pond, and a rose garden. It was one of the beautiful place ot visit with your family.

Ashton Court MansionAshton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN, UK
Outdoors- Other

The Ashton Court Estate was once the gracious home of the Smyth family, and is now a historic park just 10 minutes from the centre of Bristol. It covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands in total, designed by Humphry Repton. It is the venue for a variety of leisure activities, including the now-defunct Ashton Court Festival, Bristol International Kite Festival and the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. It is home to charity The Forest of Avon Trust.

Avon GorgeAvon Gorge, Bristol BS8 3NA, UK
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Outdoors- Other

The Avon Gorge is a 1.5-mile long gorge on the River Avon in Bristol, England.  It forms the boundary between the unitary authorities of North Somerset and Bristol, with the boundary running along the south bank. As Bristol was an important port, the gorge formed a defensive gateway to the city. A nice attraction where you can spend some nice time.

Avon Valley Country ParkAvon Valley Country Park, Bath Rd, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP, UK
Outdoors- Other
Parks

The National Park Avon Valley is a park with an area of 20 hectares (50 acres) in Keynsham in Somerset in England.  The park, which is located next to the Avon River, offers country walks, a boating lake, children's play areas, a small zoo, and a miniature railway.  The site was a pasture in the xv th century and later became a farm. In 1976 it was bought to become a farm where you pick your own fruit 2 and subsequently became a national park.

Avon Valley Railway (Bitton Station)Bitton Station, Bath Rd, Bitton, Bristol BS30 6HD, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Opened in 1869 by the Midland Railway as a through-route between Birmingham and the South Coast the line was later linked to the iconic Somerset & Dorset Railway.   The railway is perhaps best known for connecting the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, whose northern terminus was at Bath Green Park station, with the London, Midland, and Scottish Railway.

Avonmouth BridgeM5, Bristol BS20, UK
Bridges

The Avonmouth Bridge is a road bridge that carries the M5 motorway over the River Avon in Somerset, England. The bridge has a total length of 1,388m with a main span of 164m.  It also has a separate footpath and cycleway which connects with Avonmouth station. It was one of the architectural wonders in this area and The bridge was built to allow tall ships underneath.

BBC BristolBroadcasting House, 31-33 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2LR, UK
Iconic Buildings

The BBC campus, Broadcasting House Bristol, is located on Whiteladies Road, Bristol. The first building to be occupied was 21/23 Whiteladies Road, which was built in 1852 and is a Grade II listed building. It now provides offices and technical facilities for the BBC Natural History Unit, BBC Radio & Music Production Bristol, BBC West and BBC Radio Bristol.

Blaise Castle EstateKings Weston Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS, UK
Parks
Botanical Gardens

A 650 acre Grade II* registered parkland including children’s play area, museum and castle. Discover everyday objects from centuries past, including Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen and laundry equipment, model trains, dolls, toys and period costume in the museum. The site has signs of occupation during the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman periods. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the site was sold.

Blaise Castle House MuseumBlaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Rd, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QS, UK
Museums

Blaise Castle House Museum is situated in 500 acres of beautiful parkland on the Blaise Estate, Bristol. The museum is housed in a late 18th-century Grade II-listed mansion, and contains most of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archive's social history collections including costumes, toys and household items.

Blaise HamletHallen Rd, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QY, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Blaise Hamlet is a charming collection of 19th-century houses on the outskirts of Bristol. They are examples of the picturesque, an aesthetic ideal introduced into English cultural debate in 1782 by William Gilpin. An oval path links the cottages and encircles the village green with its sundial. It has a great play park for kids and a museum of 17th c. toys and tools.

Brandon HillPark St, Bristol BS1 5RR, UK
Outdoors- Other

Brandon Hill Nature Park is located in the city center and is a haven for wildlife. It is a hilly park and popular picnic spot with a nature reserve and views from Cabot Tower. During spring and summer, there are many beautiful flowers that blossom here in the park, which give the park some colour. There are many activities around the park – children’s playground, workout areas and of course, Cabot tower – Bristol’s best viewing spot, climbing up many steep steps to reach the view 105ft up.

Bristol And Bath Railway PathBristol And Bath Railway Path, Bristol, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

The Bristol and Bath Railway Path is a 13-mile route on the National Cycle Network, connecting Bristol to Bath. . It’s used by people walking, cycling, running and has disabled access too. The Bristol and Bath Path itself is ideal for a day out, or you can use it to travel between these two great cities.

Bristol AquariumAnchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
Aquariums

Bristol Aquarium is the only aquarium in the UK to feature a giant botanical house, teeming with hundreds of exotic plant and tree species from around the world – there are even bananas growing in this urban jungle.  You can explore more than 40 naturally-themed displays and spot the thousands of amazing aquatic creatures, including rays, seahorses, pufferfish, piranhas, and so many more.

Bristol BridgeBristol Bridge, Bristol BS1, UK
Bridges

Bristol Bridge is a bridge over the floating harbour in Bristol, England, the original course of the River Avon. It is a grade II listed building.

Bristol CathedralCollege Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ, UK
Churches

Bristol Cathedral is one of England's great medieval churches which was originated as an Augustinian Abbey, founded c. 1140 by a prominent local citizen, Robert Fitzharding, who became first Lord Berkeley. The eastern end of the Cathedral, especially in the choir, gives Bristol Cathedral a unique place in the development of British and European architecture.

Bristol Ferry Boats44 The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB, UK
Boating Spots

Bristol Ferry is the best way to get around in Bristol by boat.  It provides a scheduled waterbus service around Bristol’s unique Floating Harbour 364 days of the year come rain or shine and have done for 40 years. Visitors and locals alike can hop on and off their boats at any of their 17 stops.

Bristol Harbour RailwayWapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN, UK
Man-made Structures- Other

Bristol Harbour Railway was built by the Great Western Railway in the 1870s and extended in the 1900s. After a century as a goods railway, it was handed over to the museum and has run as a heritage railway ever since. It was now a historical monument and gives information about the transportation facilities in that time.

Bristol Museum & Art GalleryQueens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL, UK
Museums

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day. It comprises of 19 galleries over 3 floors that reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilizations, human invention, and creativity.  The art gallery contains works from all periods, including many by internationally famous artists, as well a collection of modern paintings of Bristol.

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