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The 11 Most Impressive Buildings in Bristol, UK

Clifton Cathedral | ©John Lord/Flickr
Clifton Cathedral | ©John Lord/Flickr
The historic city of Bristol has an abundance of beautiful buildings, each with their own story and purpose. We’ve rounded up 11 must-see buildings in the city that architecture fans will love to visit.

St Mary Redcliffe Church

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St Marys Redcliffe
St Marys Redcliffe | © Shawn Spencer-Smith/Flickr
This beautiful church, situated on Redcliffe Hill, is a pure masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Over 800 years old, the building boasts impressive ironwork, incredible stained glass windows and a infamous organ. Even just admiring this building from the outside is inspiring.
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8:00 am - 6:30 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Cabot Tower

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Situated in the picturesque setting of Brandon Hill, Cabot Tower is 105ft tower boasting the best views of the surrounding city. It was built to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol to the continent of North America over four hundred years ago.
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8:15 am - 9:15 pm
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8:15 am - 9:15 pm
Tue:
8:15 am - 9:15 pm
Wed:
8:15 am - 9:15 pm
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8:15 am - 9:15 pm
Fri:
8:15 am - 9:15 pm
Sat:
8:15 am - 9:15 pm

Arnos Vale Cemetery

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Arnos Vale
Arnos Vale | ©Bio Blitz/Flickr
Based on a walled Greek Necropolis, this beautiful cemetery building is very aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. Made up of four Grade-II listed buildings (two Entrance Lodges and two Mortuary Chapels), this is a really breathtaking piece of architecture that’s not to be missed.
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Victoria Rooms

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The Victoria Rooms is somewhat of a Bristol landmark, standing tall at the famous Clifton Triangle. First opened in 1842, the cultural venue has hosted the likes of Charles Dickens, who did a number of readings at the building. Nowadays, the Victoria Rooms plays a bit part in Bristol’s music scene, with a 700-seat auditorium and a number of recording studios.
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Bristol Old Vic

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This is the oldest, continuously-running theatre in the whole of the UK. This charming building plays host to a number of shows and talks and even after a huge £12 million refurbishment, still holds on to its old-school charm and character.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wed:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm