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Bristol is a city in South West England, situated about 170 kilometres from London, on the estuary of the river Avon, close to the Bristol Channel. It is the most important centre for industry, education and culture in Bristol county, and was once Britain’s most important seaport, servicing transatlantic trade routes — the source of the city’s prosperity. Bristol, home to more than 430 000 people, is the sixth-most populated city in the UK.

The famous supersonic Concorde jets were manufactured in Bristol. It is here, in the historical Bristol port, where the oldest steam ship SS Great Britain, which once carried people over the Atlantic, is anchored. The ship has circumnavigated the world 22 times since its first voyage in 1843.

The Cabot Tower close to the city centre, which provides a perfect view of the city, also has a connection to seafaring. it was erected more than a century ago to commemorate John Cabot, who discovered Canada, and it is in Bristol where he started his expedition, leading him to the shores of what is now the world’s second-largest county.

The city is famous for the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by the brilliant engineer Islambard Kingdom Brunel, and finished after his death in 1864. Towers stand on both sides of the bridge. It has become a city symbol, pictured in all guides.

International Balloon Fiesta
Photo taken by ChrisUK - wikimedia.org.  International Balloon Fiesta

In 2015 Bristol was rightfully declared the European Green Capital, for the city has a huge number of parks, clean water and an advanced public transport network. It is one of the first official bicycle cities in England, as it’s highly suitable for this green means of transportation. Besides, the climate is also on the side of cyclists, as it is one of Britain’s warmest spots.

Two of the city squares – the Millennium Square and the Anchor Square – are declared smoke-free spaces. It is the country’s first city implementing such a policy. The city also hosts Skipchen, a café that serves food salvaged from... supermarket dumpsters. The café’s owners’ goal is to reveal how much food suitable for consumption is being thrown out.

For a long time now Bristol has been known for its food culture. It hosts many historical pubs and authentic traditional restaurants, and is also home to the famous blackcurrant-based Ribena drink that is popular among foreign visitors.

The Matthew, a replica fifteenth century tall ship, at annual Harbour Festival
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The Matthew, a replica fifteenth century tall ship, at annual Harbour Festival

The Bristol Zoo, one of the oldest in the world, is exceptionally well-known. Visitors should also pay a visit to the Aquarium, which hosts a vast collection of tropical and subtropical flora and fauna, as well as a huge coral reef with special underwater glass tunnels installed for visitors, who are also invited to watch performances by the reef’s star dweller – a giant octopus.

Bristol cathedral
Photo taken by Adrian Pingstone - wikimedia.org.  Bristol cathedral

When visiting Bristol, it is a good idea to visit the 12th-century cathedral, where every Saturday at 11.30 AM and 1.30 PM free guided tours are organised. The rich British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, occupying the 19th-century railway station, helps to better understand the country’s history. The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is also rich, its exhibits ranging from dinosaur remains to modern art.

The Bristol Hippodrome hosts not only horse races, but also performances of various art collectives. Every year traditional hot air balloon and kite festivals are organised in the city.

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