Wells Cathedral

Day 1. Cheddar Gorge and Wells, Somerset

We began our four day break centred around Bath by visiting Wells in Somerset which lies 22 miles to the south west of the city.  I'd long wanted to visit Wells, as it's England's smallest city, nestled on the edge of the Mendip Hills with its roots dating back to Roman times.  The name of …

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Your Apartment, Bristol, Frederick Place

Your Apartment Bristol – A review

Review: Your Apartment, 3 Frederick Place, Clifton, Bristol Location The accommodation is managed by Your Apartment and located on Frederick Place in the desirable Clifton neighbourhood of Bristol.  This suburb is within easy walking distance of the city centre and features leafy streets, stunning architecture and rows of pastel coloured Georgian terraces. Arrival and check-in …

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SS Great Britain

Day 3. Bristol Harbourside – SS Great Britain & M Shed

After spending the previous day exploring Clifton Village, we turned our attention to Bristol's vibrant harbourside with a visit to Bristol's No.1 attraction the SS Great Britain (standard admission £16.50 including unlimited return visits for a year).  Launched by Prince Albert in July 1843, she was at that time the largest passenger ship in the …

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Bristol Observatory

Day 2. Exploring Bristol – Clifton & Banksy

After sleeping soundly, we headed out of the lovely apartment in Clifton where we were spending the weekend to explore the local neighbourhood.  It's an affluent suburb of beautiful Georgian townhouses, close to the centre yet far enough away to have its own charm. Bristol Zoo Gardens was our first planned attraction of the day, just …

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Colourful houses in Bristol harbour

Day 1. A weekend in Bristol – first evening walk

We'd planned a return visit to the city of Bristol, this time in midsummer making it a complete contrast to our festive break in the city a little over three years ago.  Summer it might have been, but with the weather forecast predicting heavy rain all weekend we had come prepared.  Bristol is located in …

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Bristol waterfront

Bristol – A travel guide

Getting there Bristol is ideally situated with excellent transport links and enjoys good road access being at the intersection of both the M4 and M5 motorways.  For visitors preferring to travel by train, Bristol Temple Meads railway station is the largest rail hub in the west of England with direct services from London, Scotland, Manchester …

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Coloured houses, Bristol waterfront

Day 1. Bristol city break

After enjoying city breaks in London, Edinburgh and Birmingham we decided to head to the south west of England for our next weekend away.  My journey on board a CrossCountry train was pleasant, having an interesting conversation with an Edinburgh green keeper, learning about life on one of Scotland's premier golf courses as we journeyed …

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Christmas in Abbey Square, Bath

Day 2. Exploring Bath

We were up bright and early as we had planned to spend the day in neighbouring Bath, 10 miles (16km) from Bristol.  Getting there was easy as trains depart frequently from Bristol Temple Meads taking just over 10 minutes to Bath Spa station, adult off-peak day return fares are £8.60. From the moment we left …

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Concorde at Aerospace Bristol

Day 3. SS Great Britain & Aerospace Bristol

After the previous day's glorious sunshine, we woke to grey skies but as we'd planned to spend the day visiting two of Bristol's top cultural highlights which were both indoors, it didn't bother us too much.  So, after our usual cooked breakfasts and large cappuccinos we felt suitably nourished and ready for a day of …

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Clifton suspension bridge, Bristol

Day. 4. The Clifton Suspension Bridge & M Shed, Bristol

Our final day in Bristol, but still plenty of time for more sightseeing, so after checking out of the Travelodge and leaving our luggage to collect later in the day we once again caught the Bristol Ferry Boats 10.00 a.m. service.  Unlike the previous day, when we disembarked at SS Great Britain, this time we …

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