Key to the City™, Bristol.

The Bristol Story

Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Knowing the story of Bristol will hopefully help you enjoy the city more. In this section we will dive into the past, including Bristol's origins as a major trading port, and look at the people of Bristol who made the city famous. More articles coming soon.

You can also delve into the past in our Bristol Old Postcards from the Past section.

A Brief History of Bristol

Bristol Bridge
Bristol Bridge

Bristol is an ancient city, built at the junction of the rivers Avon and Frome. It is unknown when it was founded but we know that by the reign of Ethelred Unrede (978-1016), Bricgstowe - the place of the bridge - was a town of some importance having silver coins minted here.

Famous People from Bristol

Statue Commemorating Cary Grant, Bristol Harbourside

Bristol is the birth place of or home to some well known writers, sport stars, musicians, politicians and artists. We list a few of the most notable here. If you have the time, we urge you to read a little more about each one on the internet.

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