The ss Great Britain designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the 19th century engineering giants, was the world’s first great ocean liner. Built of iron and launched in 1843, she travelled between Britain, Australia and America.
Brandon Hill is a hilly park, nature reserve and popular picnic spot with a dog-free children's play area for under 12s. At the centre is Cabot Tower with its panoramic views of the city.
Bristol Cathedral is one of England's great medieval churches. It originated as an Augustinian Abbey, founded c. 1140 by prominent local citizen, Robert Fitzharding, who became first Lord Berkeley. Guided tours are available most Saturdays through the year at 11.30am and 1.30pm.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has collections of regional, national and international importance. It is one of the few museums to have been awarded designated status by the government – the mark of an outstanding museum.
The parish church of St Mary Redcliffe has stood for over 800 years and is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Described as "the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England" by Queen Elizabeth I, it stands on the red cliffs above Bristol's floating harbour.
The M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the amazing history of Bristol, through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. Located on the historic dockside in a former 1950s transit shed.
Canon's Marsh is an area of Bristol that has undergone huge redevelopment in recent years. Once an industrial heartland for Bristol, it is now a centre of leisure and entertainment on the city's Harbourside. Millennium Square and the Amphitheatre also play host to many of the city's events.
The Exchange is a Grade I listed building built in 1741-43 by John Wood the Elder, the famous architect of Bath. Located at the top of Corn Street, near the junction with Broad Street, it was used as a corn (as well as a general trade) exchange so it is also known as The Corn Exchange.
The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the English ship that discovered North America in 1497. The ship was built on Redcliffe Wharf, Bristol, close to Saint Mary Redcliffe Church. The original Matthew would have been built at a site very close to this. It took two years to build and the ship first sailed in March 1996.
After 17 years of “making science accessible to all”, At-Bristol is relaunching as We The Curious, with a new direction and focus to “create a culture of curiosity”. With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, it will still be one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres.
The Georgian House is an 18th century, three storey townhouse in the centre of Bristol that has been restored and decorated to its original glory. Eleven rooms spread over four floors, including the basement where you can see the kitchen, pantry and John Pinney's cold water plunge pool. Open April to October only.
Seven rooms over two floors which tell the history of the house, from its Tudor origins to its role as a Victorian girls' reform school. Often described as Bristol's 'hidden treasure' because of its magnificent Tudor rooms. Open April to October only.
The Priory Church of St James is Bristol's oldest church dating from 1129. It is a Grade I listed building and is situated next to the bus station. It is a Roman Catholic Church but does not have Parish status and therefore does not have its own dedicated congregation.
Castle Park (or Castle Green as it was known) is a large open space popular for city centre workers, shoppers and events in the summer months. Once the main shopping area in Bristol, Castle Street and its surrounding roads were heavily bombed during the second World War, completely devastating this area of the city.
Queen Square is a public open space of level lawns and wide gravel paths just off the centre of Bristol. A backdrop of magnificent Georgian town houses border the square making it one of the largest residential Georgian squares in Europe. Perfect for picnics and events in the summer.