Bristol is a historic city and was once the second most important city in the country after London! Known for its maritime history, the city's links to America and beyond are famous worldwide. In this section we'll give you an outline of how the city works.
The Layout of Bristol
We think that the easiest way to find your way around a city is to choose a centre point and then divide the city into smaller districts. For Bristol our centre point is the site of the old Bristol High Cross which was sited at the junction of Corn Street, Broad Street, Wine Street and High Street. From here you can get to anywhere in the city centre within fifteen minutes.
We have divided Bristol into four districts, and each district is divided into smaller chunks too. The areas are: the City Centre, rather sprawling with many of Bristol's main attractions including the harbourside; Clifton, the city's affluent suburb; the Inner City, home to Bristol's independent retailers; and finally the Bristol Suburbs, the outskirts of the city with good motorway access and ideal for business travellers. For simplicity, we have included parts of South Gloucestershire and some other counties within the Bristol Suburbs region.