Yes, Bristol, you heard it right. It was once a mid-point stop for meet ups with my sister and over the years has become a city to which I find more and more a connection with. It helps that it’s now the place my brother calls home, so I have even more of a reason to shout about it and each visit has always been a memory making, bestest day, EVER.
A mere 90 minutes or so from my little corner of East Devon, the transport links make any day trip easy. We tend to hop on a cab from the train and spend the day in the more touristy areas, but we often comment on how you can quite easily stay an extra day or two. Especially when using the Travelodge Bristol Central as your base along with some clever planning, you can pack in all the tourist attractions and places without breaking the bank. Here’s a few recommendations gathered from personal experience and recommendations via my Bristolian brother.
@Bristol Science Centre is first on my list. This fully interactive and engaging museum appeals to young and old alike. The children have opportunity upon opportunity to get stuck in without the fear of being told “don’t touch!” and we always come away learning something new. My personal fave is to go stargazing in the planetarium. The cafe’s not bad either and sits in Millennium Square which is in its self, an experience.
Get ready to be wowed by the Clifton Suspension Bridge. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of being educated on a little history by my 7-year-old son, when he came home and told me all he’d learnt about Isambard Kingdom Brunnel. He had a dynamic and enthusiastic teacher at the time who was teaching his class all about this historic designer who, I’m ashamed to say, I knew very little, ok nothing, about. We were due to visit Bristol and after sharing his expertise I can hand on heart say I appreciated this little bit of historic architecture just that extra touch more. It really is a breath-taking site.
While we’re on the subject, a stroll along the harbour, and there’s no mistaking another piece of history which sits awaiting your appreciation, The SS Great Briton. Another engineering delight by Isambard Kingdom Brunell, this was once the worlds largest ship (1843), built for the early passenger trade and now docks on the harbour welcoming many visitors.
Cabot Tower in Brandon Hill is the oldest park in Bristol where you can enjoy great views over the city and Harbourside area. Located just off Park Street in the West End, Brandon Hill features a children’s play area, beautiful paths and a nature conservation area, and of course the icon of Bristol’s skyline.
Just a short stroll from the Travelodge is Gloucester Road, home to people from all walks of life, where a rich variety of locally run shops, cafes, bars and restaurants manage to thrive alongside the usual high-street chains. Quoted in the Independent as The last great British high street, the shops serve the community just as they did a century ago.
For another history fill up, visit The Red Lodge Museum it’s free and another shot stroll from the Travelodge. Great if you’re doing your staycation on a limited budget. See how it’s transformed over the years from royal party place to a Victorian girls school.
Last but by no means least is a favourite recommendation from my own little brother, the National Trust owned Leigh Woods. With the suspension bridge as the backdrop, there’s something for everyone from bike and walking trails to family events. It’s steeped in history as well as wildlife and I’m assured is a full day out.
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