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  • 1 St Mary Redcliffe Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    12 Colston Parade

    - if Queen Elizabeth I can be believed - built of light-coloured Dundry stone. Its architecture is a perfect epitome of Gothic style, developing from the 12-13C Early English style to Decorated and then to Perpendicular (c. 14C). The spire (1872) tow..

  • 2 Industrial Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    rd. Road

    The museum is housed in a 1950s warehouse on the Floating Harbour quayside. It traces back the city's long history of manufacturing, in particular transport vehicles: horse-drawn carriages, coaches, railway carriages, cars and motorbikes, etc. Upstai..

  • 3 Georgian House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Great George

    Built in 1790 by William Paty for a merchant and sugar cane planter, the house was built of Bath stone in typical 18C style with a pedimented door and rooms decorated in the style of Robert Adam (1728-1792). The furniture includes a secretaire-bookca..

  • 4 Theatre Royal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rd. King

    The oldest playhouse in the country still in use, which opened in 1766 and was granted a royal licence by George III in 1778. It is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a black lady and a man called Richard who move various objects around the theatre.

  • 5 Clifton Suspension Bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The bridge, designed by Brunel (1829-1831), is undoubtedly one of the finest suspension bridges in England. Unfortunately, funds ran out and Brunel never saw his 214 m-long bridge completed: he died 5 years too soon, in 1859.

  • 6 Bristol Zoological Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    The famous zoo (opened in 1836) features a large selection of animals - ranging from gorillas in a recreation of their natural habitat to insects. The various houses were designed by architects (the Reptile and Ape Houses in particular). Interactive ..

  • 7 Harbourside Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts


    New World Square, on the north side of the Floating Harbour, is an open space linking old and new buildings. It is a pleasant place flanked by cafés and restaurants and enhanced with sculpture, water features and special lighting at night. The Horned..

  • 8 Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    College Green

    Once an Augustinian abbey, this 14-15C Perpendicular Gothic building was consecrated as a cathedral church in 1542. It has tall pointed windows, framed by finialled buttresses and pinnacled parapets; the attractive transept crossing tower is crenella..

  • 9 SS Great Britain and the Maritime Heritage Centre Interesting

    Museums and art

    Great Western Dockyard

    The SS Great Britain was launched in 1843 and was the first iron-built, propeller-driven Atlantic liner. The vast ship (98 m long by 16 m wide) is on show in her original dry dock where she is being restored. The innovations of Brunel's design and th..

  • 10 Lord Mayor's Chapel Interesting

    Religious buildings

    College Green

    St Mark's Chapel was once part of a medieval hospital. The impressive Perpendicular chapel on the right of the narrow north-south nave contains 15-17C tombs. Note the 16C stained-glass window, the mayors' hatchments, the gilded sword rest (1702) and ..

  • 11 St John the Baptist Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. Broad

    This 14C church with a battlemented tower and spire stands over a triple arch on one of the six medieval gateways in the city walls. It contains some interesting 17C woodwork (lectern, communion table, hour-glass) and an earlier brass in the chancel.

  • 12 St Stephen's City Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. St. Stephens Street

    The 15C tower of the parish church rises to a height of 40 metres by stages of ogee arched openings to a distinctive crown and two-tier pieced balustrade, linking corner turrets adorned with fountains of pinnacles. The interior houses memorials to lo..

  • 13 City Museum and Art Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    rd. Queens

    This museum's rich, varied collections of artefacts attract amateurs and specialists alike. Exhibits include antique, oriental and locally produced ceramics, china, silver, local archeology and geology exhibits, paintings from the 19C Italian and Fre..

  • 14 Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Clifton Park

    Consecrated in 1973, this Roman Catholic cathedral is an impressive hexagonal edifice in white concrete, pink granite, black fibreglass, lead and glass. Note the windows and the Stations of the Cross.

  • 15 Clifton Village Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Caledonia Place

    Clifton Village forms a group of charming streets including the Mall, Caledonia Place, Princess Victoria Street and Royal York Crescent. Of particular note is All Saints Church, built by G. E. Street in 1868, with stained-glass windows by John Piper.

  • 16 Wildscreen-at-Bristol

    Museums and art

    rd. Anchor

    Wildscreen-at-Bristol opened in June 2000. It stands adjacent to a curved Botanical House with a walk-through living rain forest. Attractions include moving and three-dimensional images, free-flying birds and butterflies, and a giant four-storey IMAX..

  • 17 Explore-at-Bristol

    Museums and art

    rd. Anchor

    The interactive science museum, Explore-at-Bristol, opened in July 2000. It is housed in an old railway shed with three floors and seeks to promote research and education in science. The exhibition explores the workings of the brain, inventions harne..

  • 18 Corn Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. Corn

    The four brass nails, the tables used by the merchants for dealing where goods were sold for cash, are an indication of the street's importance for trade in the city. Behind them stands the giant, pilastered and pedimented Corn Exchange, built in the..

  • 19 King Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. King

    This street has 17C pubs and 18 and 19C warehouses at the harbour end. At the northwest end are the Merchant Seamen's Almshouses, built in 1544 and enlarged in 1696, with colourful coats-of-arms on the outside wall.

  • 20 Temple Meads Station

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Temple Gate

    The modern terminal of the train station stands next to the Great Train Shed, built by Brunel in 1841 for the Great Western Railway. It is home to the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum.

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