How to Spend a Day in Bristol

How to Spend a Day in Bristol

The beautiful harbor town of Bristol sits about an hour away from the border with Wales. Although somehow I managed to visit on the UK's hottest day of the summer, we still managed to visit the highlights of this fun city, before hiding from the sweltering heat in a cool cafe.

How to Get to Bristol

We drove here, but trains from London take less than two hours direct. You can buy train tickets at any UK railway station, or you can purchase them online from Trainline in advance (they're often more expensive last minute).

What to See in Bristol

SS Great Britain, £14 per adult

The Brunel's SS Great Britain is a massive five-mast boat harbored at the Great Western Dry Dockyard built by Brunel as the first luxurious ship to sail the seas. A fantastic museum adds to the experience, giving visitors a peek into its history and adventures out at sea.

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jana meerman bristol uk england
jana meerman bristol uk england
jana meerman bristol uk england

River & Docks

From the museum, we walked along the harbour side to get to the first bridge across the river. The walk is about 20 minutes, giving ample time to view the beautiful variety of boats and houses and dockside stores lining the riverside.

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jana meerman bristol uk england
jana meerman bristol uk england
jana meerman bristol uk england

Cabot Tower

Perched at the top of Brandon Hill across the water from the Brunel Museum sits the Cabot Tower with 108 steps to conquer giving anyone sore calves. It's a jaw-dropping view from the top though, which makes the whole ordeal worth it!

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jana meerman bristol uk england

Ferry, 80p per person

There is a mini ferry crossing directly across from the museum, which we took on the way back after our circle walk through town.

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jana meerman bristol uk england
jana meerman bristol uk england

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