Bristol

Since 2013 Bristol (UK) has been my home. My older brother moved here for university and in typical younger sibling style I wanted to do exactly what he did and when it was my turn for uni I followed his footsteps and moved to Bristol.  At the age of 18 moving out of a tiny little Welsh valleys town into the big bad Bristol was a tremendous shock but a very welcome one. Having the city on your doorstep and anything you wanted to do just a 5 minute bus trip away, made my life a fair bit more exciting than it was at home. 

Bristol is a beautiful, glitter fuelled adventure of culture, history and love. It’s been named the best place in the UK to live quite a few times - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bristol-best-places-to-live-2017-9fkfg7p8f

This is probably due to the fact that it literally offers everything you can ever ask for. The city is built on a history of trading, slavery and engineering all of which you can learn more about while in the city.  http://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/all-about-bristol/history

One of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, which is famous throughout the world is Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s  Clifton Suspension Bridge. Completed and opened in 1864, the bridge covers the entire width of the Avon Gorge. It is a beautiful and astonishing piece of engineering that holds a place of pride in the heart of any Bristolian or Bristol settling person.


Along side that if you pop down to Bristol’s harbourside, which in it’s heyday would’ve been the bustling centre of a hundred trade ships bringing in slaves and tobacco, you can board and learn all about the SS great Britain. A 19th century passenger ship, and the first steamship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean which was also designed by Brunel. Open 10am-4:30 most days and tickets are £14 for adults, £8 for children with discounts for students and seniors. More info here - http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/ 

During the summer there are a fair few events happening throughout the city such as may bank holiday bringing Love Saves the day festival in Eastville Park - http://lovesavestheday.org/


June provides 

Bristol comedy garden - http://bristolcomedygarden.co.uk/

Bristol Sounds - http://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/bristol-sounds-at-lloyds-amphitheatre-p2221683

July Provides

Bristol Pride - http://bristolpride.co.uk/
Bristol Shakespeare Festival -  http://www.bristolshakespearefestival.org.uk/
Harbourside Festival - http://bristolharbourfestival.co.uk/

August provides

Bristol Balloon Fiesta - http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/
and so much more.

All of which are events that I would 100% suggest you attend if you get the opportunity. All of these wonderful events don’t mention all of the amazing everyday things that are happening in Bristol. The city is home to multiple theatres, a zoo, an aquarium, sports grounds, performance venues, award winning food and drink venues and wonderful educational venues such as At Bristol. 
You can have a look at a brief overview here - http://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/events-calendar 

They say the city never sleeps and Bristol definitely upholds that saying. If you want a free day out Bristol also has just as many fun and free things to do. Home to the world renowned street artist Banksy, you can tour the city using his work as check points. But Banksy is just the beginning of the Bristol street art scene. All you have to do is look upwards and you’ll be met with the most astounding artwork. In fact the artistic talent in Bristol is celebrated so much there is a festival in July where artists, covering the entire city, create the most beautiful street art. Upfest - https://www.upfest.co.uk/page/upfest-festival


Feel free to send me any questions or ask for any recommendations,

N x


 

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