How to spend a Fun-Packed Day in Bristol

After a long luxurious breakfast, Gary and I bid our farewell to the Saint Pierre Marriott Hotel and headed back to the South East of England towards Bristol.

Bristol is a vibrant and artsy city with plenty of fun things to do both in the town centre and further afield. It’s biggest claim to fame is probably Banksy’s street art, but there are plenty of other things to do in Bristol too.

Here is how we spent the day in Bristol before returning to London.

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

From the outset, we planned to visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge. In fact, it was the main destination of our wee adventure.

This bridge might not be the most famous bridge in the World, but it is an astonishing feat of engineering, the pride and symbol of Bristol and a dizzying vantage point from which to enjoy astonishing views.

The Clifton Suspension Bridge spans 412 across the Avon Gorge and the River Avon at a height of 101m. It is a Grade I listed structure built in 1864 and designed by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The Bridge was Brunel’s first major commission. He won a competition funded by a wealthy wine merchant. However political squabbles occurred and the bridge was built after Brunel‘s death.

How to spend a Fun-Packed day in Bristol - Clifton Suspension bridge

BRISTOL OBSERVATORY

The bridge has been a major attraction for the last 150 years and has become far more than a perch with a beautiful view. There is a lot more to see and do all around the bridge and its location makes for the perfect day out. A visitor centre has been built to the Somerset side and on its other side, the Clifton  Observatory is perched upon a hill. In the observatory is one of the last and only Camera Obscura in Britain. A bridleway leads up to the observatory and along it, a smooth rock face has become an impromptu slide. After you popped into the observatory, your stomach will probably be rumbling. Check out this awesome local guide for the best places to grab a bite to eat in Britsol.

How to spend a Fun-Packed day in Bristol - Bristol observatory

BRISTOL ZOO

After visiting the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Observatory we pushed on, to the Bristol Zoo. Bristol Zoo is the oldest zoological park in the UK and opened it’s doors to the public in 1836. It shelters more than 400 different creatures and it’s nine houses mean it’s a great destination even in bad weather. The research led by this institution has saved at least 17 species from extinction. And let’s face it the animals are simply cute.

By far my favourite part of the Bristol Zoo is the Gorilla House. This is a recent 1 billion pound addition to the zoo and lets you get right up close to the gorillas. Gorilla’s by nature do not enjoy being watched and can’t even become aggressive. Zoos all other the world have designed innovative enclosures for these shy animals. At Bristol Zoo and overhead Glass Panel Bridge lets you watch the Gorillas run, play fight and lay from below.

How to spend a Fun-Packed day in Bristol - Bristol Zoo

5 thoughts on “How to spend a Fun-Packed Day in Bristol”

  1. I’ve driven past and round Bristol so many times, but am yet to venture into the city and explore it’s surroundings! The bridge looks fabulous in your pics and the penguins at the zoo would steal my heart – I just love them! I live so close to Chester Zoo, that I rarely go to others. Great blog! Thank you,
    Tilly

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