With one of our showsites being in Bristol, we‘re regular visitors to this stunning city. Steeped in history, you can’t go far in Bristol without stumbling across a building or place that holds special significance. From pirates to Wallace and Gromit, Bristol has a rich cultural past. Here are the top five historical landmarks you can’t miss when you’re there.
This famous steamship was the longest passenger ship in the world when it was built in 1845. Since its maiden voyage it’s also been a warehouse as well as a quarantine ship. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it’s main purpose was as a passenger ship between Bristol and New York. It could carry 360 passengers with a 120-strong crew. Sitting in Bristol’s Floating Harbour, it’s now one of the most popular attractions in the city. You can even get married on there.
Another of Brunel’s famous designs, this world-famous bridge spans the River Avon from Clifton to Leigh Woods and opened in 1864. It’s one of the most distinctive features in the Bristol skyline. It was host to the first modern bungee jump in 1979 as well as the last flight of Concorde in 2003.
Often mistaken for Bristol Cathedral due to its size and grandeur, St Mary Redcliffe is a stunning example of gothic architecture. Queen Elizabeth I was said to have called it the ‘fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.’ It also takes the title for being the tallest building in Bristol with the spire being 89m high.
Located in the beautiful College Green, there has been a church on this site for over 1000 years. Its design is unusual as the aisles are the same height as the choir which makes it one of the few examples of a ‘hall church’. With large gothic windows and an organ that was originally built in 1685, it’s a must-see.
One fact many don’t know about Bristol is that it once had an impressive castle that was one of the largest in the country. It played a key role in the 12th century succession crisis and saw King Stephen imprisoned here for a while. Unfortunately, it was demolished in the 17th century. Little remains above ground but you can still see evidence of the banqueting hall. The ruined church of St Peter’s is also situated in Castle Park. It’s now kept as a monument to those killed during the Bristol Blitz.
Bristol, a city perfect for history lovers
If you can’t get enough of the history surrounding Bristol; there are many historical pubs to enjoy. The Hatchet Inn is believed to be the oldest pub in the city as well as a popular haunt for Blackbeard. The Llandoger Trow still has its 17th century timber exterior and was where Daniel Defoe met his inspiration for Robinson Crusoe. The Seven Stars has stayed relatively unspoilt since the early 1600s. Abolitionist Thomas Clarkson used it as his base when researching Bristol’s role in the slave trade.
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