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Things to do in Bristol

The huge ss Great Britain oceanliner is a must to understand Bristol's maritime heritage. A City Sightseeing bus travels from the city centre to Clifton and visitors can hop on and off at Bristol's City Museum and Bristol Zoo & Gardens. Bristol's trading history, particularly slavery, is explored at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in Clifton. Most museums open daily from 10am-5pm and those owned by Bristol City Council are free.

Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre, Bristol. Photo by Pawel Libera, courtesy of britainonview

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Royal West of England Academy - Museums and Galleries

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    Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. Courtesy of Royal West of England Academy

    Bristol's first art gallery, the Royal West of England Academy in Clifton was founded in 1849. Housed in a magnificent grade II-listed building, the gallery contains many fine works bequeathed by the academy's main benefactor, Ellen Sharples, plus new additions.Show this on map

    Cost

    £4; concessions £2.50; children free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm; Sun 2pm-5pm

    Address

    Queen's Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 973 5129

    Transport

    Bus 8 or 9 to Queen Street

    Website

    RWA website

  2. 2. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery. Photo by Alan Russell, © Bristol's Museums, Galleries & Archives Service, UK

    Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery in Clifton houses permanent displays of local, national and international interest and excellent temporary exhibitions, usually with a local theme. The top-floor galleries include Old Masters and a collection of British and modern art.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RL

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 922 3571

    Transport

    Bus 8 or 9 to top of Park Street. Train to Clifton Down station.

    Website

    Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery Website

Attractions

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  1. 3. Georgian House - Attractions

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    Georgian House, Bristol. Photo by Heather Cowper, Flickr - Heatheronhertravels

    Once the home to a West India sugar merchant and his slave, Bristol's Georgian House, in the city centre, has been restored and furnished to show a typical 18th-century house, including the elegant living rooms, servant quarters and kitchen.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Easter-Oct: Sat-Wed 10am-5pm

    Address

    7, Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 921 1362

    Transport

    Bus 8 or 9 to the bottom of Park Street

    Website

    Goergian House Website

  2. 4. Bristol Zoo Gardens - Attractions

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    Okapi at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Courtesy of Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Bristol Zoo Gardens, located in large award-winning gardens in Clifton, carries out conservation projects and breeds endangered species. The Seal & Penguin zone is particularly popular, allowing visitors to see creatures beneath the water's surface, through transparent tunnels.Show this on map

    Cost

    £11.36; concessions £9.98; 3-14s £7.04

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5.30pm (until 5pm off peak); last entrance one hour before closing

    Address

    College Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 974 7399

    Transport

    Bus 8 or 9 to Bristol Zoo

    Website

    Bristol Zoo Gardens website

Special things to do

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  1. 5. Clifton Suspension Bridge - Special Things to do

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    Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre, Bristol. Photo by Pawel Libera, courtesy of britainonview

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge in Clifton, is Bristol's most distinctive landmark. Designed by British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge was opened in 1864 to carry horse-drawn vehicles, but now around 12,000 cars cross daily.Show this on map

    Cost

    Cars 50 pence

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Bristol BS8 3PA

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 974 4664

    Transport

    Bus 8 or 8A to Clifton Village

    Website

    Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre Website

  2. 6. ss Great Britain - Special Things to do

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    Brunel's ss Great Britain, Bristol. Courtesy of the ss Great Britain Trust

    British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 19th-century iron ship is now a meticulously restored showpiece. The largest and most powerful ship built in her time, ss Great Britain dominates the waterfront along Hotwells and reflects Bristol's proud maritime history.Show this on map

    Cost

    £10.95; concessions £8.50; children £5.95

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-4pm/4.30pm/5.30pm

    Address

    Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

    Telephone

    +44 (0) 117 926 0680

    Transport

    Bus 500 to Mardyke Ferry Road or ferry to ss Great Britain

    Website

    ss Great Britain website

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