Must-See Landmarks in Bristol, UK

The incredible Clifton Suspension Bridge is well worth including on your Bristol itinerary
The incredible Clifton Suspension Bridge is well worth including on your Bristol itinerary | © CW Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Callum Davies

Bristol, a city that gracefully blends the timeless with the contemporary, stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of the past and the present. From its storied history to its forward-thinking spirit, Bristol captivates visitors with its intriguing landmarks that embody the city’s rich heritage and progressive mindset. Join us as we embark on a journey through Bristol’s most remarkable landmarks, where the echoes of history intertwine with modern innovation. From architectural marvels to cultural hubs, these iconic landmarks showcase the unique essence of Bristol and its enduring allure.

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M Shed

Where better to start when exploring Bristol culture than a museum filled with it? M Shed is a museum built into a dockside transit shed. It houses over 3,000 different items and stories spanning everything from transport, art, industry and even some disturbing but educationally vital accounts of the city’s history with the slave trade. M Shed is along Wapping’s Wharf, 15 minutes on foot from the city centre.

Bristol Old Vic

Want to check out a historic building and take in some theatre at the same time? The Old Vic is the place for you. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it’s the oldest theatre in the English-speaking world still to be operating (construction having been completed in 1766), and it remains one of the most popular theatres outside of London in the UK. The Old Vic is on King’s Street, less than 10 minutes from the city centre.

Blaise Castle

Another piece of living history, Blaise Castle has stood proudly on the Bristolian horizon for more than 250 years, although the site has signs of activity dating back to Neolithic farmers. Situated 20 minutes north of the city centre (by car), you have to travel a little to see it, but it’s well worth the distance.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The incredible Clifton Suspension Bridge is well worth including on your Bristol itinerary

No picture of the Bristol skyline would be complete without the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Spanning the Avon Gorge, it has been the site of several historical events over the years, including the world’s first modern bungee jump in 1979. The bridge is on the western edge of the city, 15 minutes by car from the centre.

Ashton Court

Ashton Court had been a bastion of British aristocracy for centuries when it was bought by the City of Bristol in 1959. Now, the vast estate is open to be explored by the public, and the manor itself can be toured, having gained a reputation for its bizarre architecture. Ashton Court and the grounds are around 20 minutes west of the centre by car.

Clifton Cathedral

Speaking of architecture, Clifton Cathedral is often considered to be one of the most interesting buildings in Bristol. Construction was completed in 1973 and the end result looks like something out of a science fiction film, both inside and out. Situated next to Clifton Park, the cathedral also has one of the best views in the city, and is 30 minutes on foot from the city centre.

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