Brunel’s engineering, Banksy’s art, balloons, bikes and bridges. Bristol is a multi-dimensional and charismatic city. The gateway to the West Country, Bristol is a thriving city and a perfect location for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re planning on shopping, going in search of culture, or simply watching the balloons floating over the Avon Gorge on a summer’s evening, Bristol will not disappoint.
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Book your stay at a Bristol hotel with parking and you will be close to two stunning examples of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s work. Less than a mile from the Bristol Central Hotel, the SS Great Britain lies in dry dock. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854, and the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. Just two miles from the Bristol Central Hotel, you can see the Clifton Suspension Bridge – a cherished Bristol landmark built in 1864 to span the equally stunning Avon Gorge. Whether you look at it – or from it – you’re sure to enjoy the view.
Things to do near Bristol
From bugs and bats to monkeys and meerkats, there are hundreds of animals on show at Bristol Zoo, just two miles across town from our Bristol Central Hotel. Closer still is the Clifton Observatory, a natural cave with unparalleled views over the local scenery. This unusual structure is the only formal ‘camera obscura’ in England, where the camera projects a panoramic view of the surrounding area onto the white surface on the interior. Alternatively, visit the ‘floating docks’ in the City Centre – so called because a system of locks created in 1809 permitted boats to float on a constant depth of water, instead of rising and falling with the tide.