Bristol Town Guide
The city of Bristol has been a port for many centuries, trading in the Middle Ages with every known port in the world. This has left its mark on the city in the shape of the cultural diversity of life in Bristol and the many links the city has to other parts of the world. Among these, the West Indies figure strongly with many Jamaican towns having family ties with Bristol.
Sea going trade has now moved out of the city down to Avonmouth and Portbury, no longer are sea going vessels be seen passing daily underneath Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The area around the Floating Harbour has been revitalised over a number of years and is now home to a variety of attractions including the @Bristol Exhibition. This has sate of the art technology in new Planetarium, a spectacular journey through botanical gardens and tropical rainforest, plus the largest IMAX theatre in the West of England.
Voted Zoo of the Year 2004, Bristol Zoo has breathtaking underwater seal and penguin displays. The Zona Brazil simulates the coastal rainforests of South America.
Other attractions include the award-winning British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, which brings to life Britain’s dramatic 500-year colonial history in a very imaginable and accessible way.
The City Museum & Art Gallery features everything from Egyptology and Impressionist painting.
To get a feel of the city, hop on a harbour ferry and see Bristol from the water, or take an open-top bus tour that stops at all the major attractions.
Bristol Airport Guide
The new Bristol Airport terminal building opened in time for the Millennium and provides excellent facilities for the traveller in a clean modern building. There is both long and short-term parking close to the airport and a variety of shops and eating places within the terminal building.
With the more recent extension to the navigational aids at the airport the delays and diversions caused by weather conditions are now a thing of the past.
Altogether Bristol airport offers a pleasant start or end to any journey.
Bristol Airport – How to get there
Bristol airport is 9 miles outside the city centre, just off the A38, at the charmingly named Lulsgate Bottom.
From the South leave the M5 at Junction 22 and take the A38 north, the airport is just under 17 miles from the M5.
From the South East follow the A371 to its junction with the A38 near Axbridge and then take the A38 north to the airport.
From the West, North and East leave the M5 Southbound at Junction 19, take the A369 towards Bristol, but turn onto the B3129 towards Failand. At the junction with the B3130 turn left and continue on this road until meeting the A38 at traffic lights. Turn right, towards Bristol Airport, which is just over two miles from the turning.
The nearest station is Bristol Temple Meads. There is a frequent and fast service to London, Bath Cardiff, Gloucester, Exeter and Swindon.
From the station the Bristol International Flyer bus runs a non-stop service to and from the airport, the journey takes about 25 minutes.
First Badgerline operate a service (number 121) between Bristol and Weston super Mare that calls at the airport, the bus station is just outside the short stay car park.
Between 0530 and 2230 the Bristol International Flyer bus runs every half an hour between Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Bus station, Bedminster, Bridgewater Road and the airport.
National Express runs coach services to the airport from the rest of the UK.
The Journey time from Bristol city centre is 15-20 minutes and cost: around £15.