Bristol is an upcoming and popular city set in the hills of south-west England! Bristol has an incredibly strong identity with a prosperous maritime history. The former city centre port is now a cultural hub with many buskers, artists, market stores, coffee shops and restaurants! Some of the warehouses have also been turned into contemporary art galleries and museums. Doing a day trip from London is easily doable, with many activities to do to fill your day.
Getting There from London
By Train: Book your tickets on the National Rail website. The quickest trip is from Paddington Station and takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. The other alternative is from London Waterloo and takes 2 hours and 45 minutes.
What to Do:
The docks are a great way to get introduced to the city. Along the Bristol docks you will find local markets of second hand books, crafts, food etc. Whilst exploring these markets there are also a variety of small coffee shops and restaurant to pop in to.
The M shed is a Museum along the waterfront on the other side of the docks. M shed explains Bristol’s history and what it was like to live in in the early days. It has a high amount of interactive learning activities for all ages and it is FREE. From outside the front, you can catch a steam train for a small fare down to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain
This is Bristol’s top rated attraction. It is about the history of the ship ‘SS Great Britain’ and the challenge of bringing it back to Bristol. You will discover what is was like to travel on the ship, with many smells, sounds and special effects.
St Nicolas Markets
I highly recommend a visit here if you like looking and finding different bits and bobs! You will find a wide range of stores including second hand books, craft stores, authentic foods from all over the world, antiques and vintage shops. I recommend buying your lunch here to soak up the atmosphere!
Clifton Suspension Bridge
A great time to visit Bristol’s iconic bridge is 2:00, where a free tour runs every day outside the toll office on the city side. On this tour you well learn about the idea, the design and the architect. It is extremely interesting and I highly recommend it!
St Mary Redcliffe Church
This is the second biggest Church in Bristol and is said to be the most beautiful. The church is run by volunteers who are very welcoming and helpful when you visit. They will give you an information card focusing on different parts of the church. It is also not overly busy like the main cathedral, which is nice if you like your space when you travel.
Bristol’s largest Anglican congregation. This Cathedral is packed with history; starting with King Henry VIII. It has large stain glass windows and there is a peaceful garden/cemetery out the back with beautiful blooms.
This is one of the best views over Bristol on a clear day! Be aware is has a steep and narrow staircase, but it is worth the climb and its FREE!