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.