Bristol is the 12th largest city and has been voted as one of the ‘Best places to live’ in England. A few weekends ago I made a decision to do a spontaneous trip to explore the city of Bristol. I am a spontaneous person by nature but I also ensure to think through my plan. But this time there was no such thing, I texted my sister at 7pm Friday and told her to get to mine before 11am the next day. That very Friday night I booked us the Best Western hotel in Henbury for Saturday night.
Things to Do in Bristol
I have been to Bristol once before and that was purely to do some shopping with a friend. The city was buzzing with life regardless of the weather and made me want to re-visit. This post aims to share with you the places that we were able to explore. Though we did not have much time, we certainly made sure to visit the ‘must see’ places.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge also called Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a giant civil engineering bridge built in 19th century. It is an iconic landmark soaring hundred meters above Avon Gorge with two stone towers. It spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.
Located right next to the Clifton suspension bridge, the observatory is a form miller in the downs. Though we couldn’t get up to the observatory we had a lovely time exploring the outside. From the observatory you get such amazing views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the surrounding area.
It would not be right to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge and miss out on the village by it. It is charming little village filled with little cafes, boutiques and restaurants. The weather wasn’t perfect when we went but we had a lovely walk.
University of Bristol
Did you know that Prince Albert of Monaco even James Blunt studied at the University of Bristol? I sure didn’t know until my recent visit and a bit of research about the university. Whatever university I visit across Europe, I am always reminded of my own University of Hertfordshire. The university opened it’s doors in 1876 and is one of England’s leading universities.
Wander the city of Bristol
Because we had arrived quite late and the weather was terrible, we were limited to what we could do. I did not want to drive around in the city as I wasn’t sure about the parking. What thing we did a lot of was explore the city centre in all its glory. It was packed with students as it was open day, the entire place was buzzing and we did some shopping.
We had such an amazing time checking out Bristol on a drolly day but it was perfect regardless. Have you ever been to Bristol? What was the best place you enjoyed visiting?