With a history rich in exploration and an ancient harbour at its beating heart, Bristol has grown into an exciting, modern city that wears its recently acquired status as a ‘green’ capital lightly. Old cobbled-street markets and grand, historic buildings sit sympathetically alongside cutting-edge new developments. Famous icons such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge still leave an impressive mark on the city’s skyline. Works by Banksy, Bristol’s famous graffiti artist, decorate the city in a very different way.
Visitors to Bristol are welcomed with a long list of attractions and entertainment. The Explore-At-Bristol centre offers a fun and interactive environment for all ages to learn about science and technology, while Bristol Zoo Gardens is an internationally renowned family attraction and centre for conservation. Brunel’s SS Great Britain is the multi-award winning restored steam ship and visitor museum; a unique attraction that is unparalleled in the UK.
Throughout the year Bristol is host to many major international events, including the annual International Balloon Fiesta and Harbour Festival. The city boasts a wide and impressive range of accommodation, from guest houses and B&Bs to the most luxurious boutique hotels.
Shoppers have a vast array of retailers and markets to choose from; the autumn 2008 opening of the £500m city centre Cabot Circus development will position Bristol as a leading UK shopping destination.