Bristol – Banksy, Brunel and the Bridge!

In the series of our trip to the UK, after the London visit, the next on our list was Welsh capital Cardiff and thereafter Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. In an attempt to make our itinerary smooth we discovered that Cardiff is just an hour away from Bristol and also that there is a good frequency of flights from Bristol to Belfast. Hence, Bristol got into our UK series eventually when revising our initial trip itinerary.

We boarded a train from London to Bristol which took us around two hours. We traveled through the beautiful green landscapes with horses, cows, sheep grazing in the meadows. The vast greens fields would be cut in by small canals every now and then with ducks swimming in them. The sceneries throughout the journey were breathtaking.

As Bristol was not a part of our trip initially we did not have a dedicated day for the sightseeing of Bristol city. We reached Bristol in the morning and decided to walk to the apartment exploring the city on our way to make the most of our stay in the city.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge
Bristol Temple Meads station

A short walk from Bristol Temple Meads station is the 900 years old St. Mary Redcliffe Church. This Anglican parish church was constructed from the 12th to the 15th centuries and is known for its remarkable Gothic architecture. The interior of the church with the prismatic stained glasses and the remarkable carvings of nave ceiling make it worth a visit.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

We walked into the Queens Square, which is a garden surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and has an equestrian statue standing in the middle.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

Walking past the garden, we came to an old harbor of the Bristol City, which is a lovely place to sit and relax.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

The harbor was once a busy port and is today a tourist attraction with museums, exhibitions, and nightclubs. Several ferry services and river cruise tours with commentaries operate on the harbor side.

Walkable distance from theΒ harbor is the Brunel’s SS Great Britain, which was the first iron-hulled and propeller-driven ocean liner and is open for public visit. An interactive museum narrates the story of the SS Britain’s sail across the Atlantic. Visitors can walk through the decks and levels of the vessel for an experience of life at sea for the sailors.

Just around the corner of the Harbor is the Bristol Aquarium. The aquarium is home to thousands of marvelous aquatic creatures. Botanical House exhibits hundreds of exotic plant and tree species from around the world. One can enjoy a close proximity to the sea life in an underwater walk-through tunnel.

At-Bristol is a science center that displays interactive exhibits and hosts shows and workshops for students and visitors. The center also has a planetarium.

We came across several other interesting buildings on the way. The City Hall is a Neo-Georgian style building, which is home to the Bristol City Council and a venue for conferences and events. The building has gorgeous fountains with entrance overlooking the moat and the green space.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

Bristol Cathedral is a German Gothic architecture building located in the close vicinity. It is a significant example of a hall church with its nave, choir, and aisles, all at the same height.

The Wills Memorial Building is a Neo-Gothic building, which is a landmark building of the University of Bristol.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

And the Greek revival style Victoria Rooms that houses the University of Bristol’s music department was just around the corner of our apartment.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

Once at the apartment, we freshened up and decided to visit the Blaise Hamlet. We took a bus (3 or 4) and got down at castle stop. Hamlet is a group of nine small traditional cottages.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

Blaise Castle Estate is located near the Hamlet. The castle estate has a large green park space with a play area for kids, a museum, and a cafe. We could not explore the Blaise Castle due to the short of time. There is also an old mill and stream down from the park which is a lovely place to spend time.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

Once back to the city center we took 8 no bus to Clifton village to view the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Clifton Village is wonderful locality with several shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and stunning architectural buildings. We visited the White Lion Restaurant, which has a terrace, and an open garden, which undoubtedly provide one of the best views of the bridge with a backdrop of Avon Gorge and the city.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge

We found a couple of Indian restaurants in the vicinity of the restaurants and decided to have an early dinner. We had a delicious food with some Bollywood numbers playing in the background. The food and the music both made us nostalgic.

Bristol has some of the best and well-preserved street art. Bristol is home to the Banksy and other graffiti artists whose murals and graffiti artwork can be seen on shops, public walls, and bridges.

Bristol being an easy and inexpensive train ride from London and makes for a great weekend trip.

Bristol Banksy Brunel Bridge
Sunrise in Queens Road

Bristol city has for a long time been an inspiration for the movies and artists and is certainly an amazing city and travel destination worth visit again.

Have you been to Bristol? What all places have you been to? We would love to hear do share with us in comments

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38 Comment

  1. Fatima says: Reply

    I haven’t been to Bristol yet but from the pictures it looks really beautiful. I am sure you had a great time there.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yes we did, thanks Fatima!

  2. What a nice visit. I didn’t know there were so many historical buildings in Bristol. I’d love to visit!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Same here.. Bristol does have some awesome architecture!

  3. Jolina says: Reply

    The architecture here is phenomenal. It looks like a very laid-back, chill city too…a nice weekend trip to relax.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree with you Jolina πŸ™‚

  4. Kenia says: Reply

    I would’ve loved to see the inside of the castle, in all honesty, i hope I get a chance to visit a castle someday.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      We would too if we get to revisit πŸ™‚

  5. Ana says: Reply

    Bristol looks amazing city to explore and I’ve heard about all its’Bs’: Brunel, boats, bridges, bikes and beautiful countryside. I’m fascinated by the beautiful architecture of the Wills Memorial Building and Bristol Temple Meads station. You’ve captured the city beautifully in your shots. I’ve pinned your post for my reference! πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Anamika, glad you liked the post and hope you make it to visit the stunning city sometime soon πŸ™‚

  6. Never been to Bristol, but definitely should visit there one day. It’s so easy to just stay in London while travelling to the UK. Didn’t really have any ide howit would look there – thanks for your pics now I know there are orgeous old buildings as well πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Bristol definitely is worth visit. Thanks!

  7. The bridge is stunning! Bristol is definitely a good place to spend a day or two. Would love to visit it. πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Jessica for stopping by!

  8. Having previously lived in Bristol, Banksy was definitely a thing Bristolians are proud of!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Yeah sadly we missed it too

  9. I`ve always had an appreciation for historic buildings. I really like the Bristol Temple Meads station and Queens Square.

  10. I wish I can visit norther Ireland as soon as possible And… Within the next 2 years so that I won’t need a passport. and Bristol too of course, even if I have already visited it and it’s not in my next travels list! Great and detailed post, thank you!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Sabrina

  11. I have visited a friend at Bristol University before and was struck by how beautiful the city was. It really took me by surprise but I wouldn’t mind living there one day πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Laura Bristol is no doubt a beautiful city anyone would love to live in πŸ™‚

  12. Shanti says: Reply

    I haven’t yet been to Bristol yet but I’ve been hearing about the great street art there. So a trip is on the cards next time I’m in the area.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thats awesome Shanti keep us updated of your plans πŸ™‚

  13. 900 years old isn’t that incredible? Imagine how amazing it would be to have prayed in the the St Mary’s Redcliffe church all those years ago? I have always been a big fan of Gothic architecture too.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree Ana, Bristol has some great history πŸ™‚

  14. Chris says: Reply

    I have read a few of your posts by now and I don’t know if I have said this already but you take some amazing photos it’s almost as if I am right there in bristol, experiencing the beauty for myself, great post.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks a lot Chris glad you like our posts!

  15. For the very first time i am seeing Bristol, and must admit such a lovely city xoxo

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Agree with you Ivana

  16. I’ve never been to Bristol – I’ve driven through it many times but never stopped and visited! It sounds lovely though, glad you had a nice time πŸ™‚

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Rosie

  17. Bristol Temple Meads station, the historical buildings and the prosperous maritime history is intriguing I’ll visit Bristol on my next trip to England.Thank you for sharing!

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Cant agree more πŸ™‚

  18. Elizabeth O. says: Reply

    Bristol seems like a lovely city, the architecture is breathtaking. It’s a great place to go to when you want to relax and get away from it all. Very peaceful.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Absolutely true πŸ™‚

  19. Omg what amazing photos! You honestly make me want to pick up a duffle bag and go off exploring too.

    1. mm GOBeyondBounds says: Reply

      Thanks Jennifer. Glad you liked the post!

  20. Hi, Great post. I have a plan to go to Bristol and Baths in September end. I have recently been to Cardiff via road so I stopped at the Bristol City Centre . I was wondering if you have ever travelled from Bristol to Cardiff via road/bus? The sea bridge linking both the cities is an amazing experience. I remember everyone in the bus was quite tired after a five hour journey but kind of woke up with renewed energy when the bridge came into sight. πŸ™‚

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