Located in the south-west of England, Bristol is the England's eighth most-populated city - and one with a reputation for class. It has a rich history. in 1155 it received a Royal Charter and by the 13th century was one of the nation's top four cities, alongside London, York and Norwich. It retained prominence until the rise of the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century. However, its distance from this movement meant the city escaped the often grimy architecture and aftermath when industry dried up. Bristol retained its sheen while cities like Manchester and Liverpool were smog-ridden powerhouses.
Tourists travelling to Bristol by trail can use Bristol Temple Meads station, which is a 15-minute walk from the city centre. It operates services to Bath, Birmingham, Cardiff, London and up to Scottish cities, including Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a second railway station in Bristol: Bristol Parkway, located several miles north of the centre. It operates routes to more regional locations.
Fans of public transport can also take the bus to Bristol. The National Express operates services to Marlborough St Coach station from a range of UK location, including London. MegaBus also runs budget services from Bristol to the capital, from where connections can be made to all over the UK.
Motorists can take the M5 and M4 motorways to Bristol. The M4 links the city with London and a typical driving time between the two destinations is two hours. The A4 takes motorists into Bristol from Bath. There is a Park and Ride system, with three bases.
Meanwhile, Bristol International Airport operates a number of international and domestic flights.
Why Visit Bristol?
As Bristol borders so many other tourist hot spots it is an ideal destination to visit for more than a weekend. Nearby is the Roman spa town of Bath, while picturesque Gloucester is to its north. The River Avon, which the city is built around, also boasts a short coastline, while the beautiful West Country is within easy driving distance, perfect for walking in on a sunny afternoon.