The high-tech, grown-up city is a worthy challenge for a brat packer’s itinerary.
Bristol is a cute, avant-garde mix of natural and urban landscapes. Walking around the rolling hills of Portmeirion Village, you can view colourful streetscapes, old-timey red brick buildings, and incredible handmade furniture which is why it is one of the most popular destination for family accommodation when you are looking for a break.
If you’re feeling less cultured, jump onto the ferry to Clatterbridge Crossing, where you can walk down to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner or spend your evening exploring the impressive Portmeirion Museum, or you can take the scenic drive to Fishponds Bay and enjoy a paddle across the famous Bristol Harbour.
Aside from its wide variety of cultural offerings, Bristol has a top-notch tech scene, with access to industry-leaders such as Cisco and TED. The modern-day city is a bustling mix of people from all over the world and a living laboratory for researchers, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers.
Make your trip to Bristol more fun by hopping on the Hop on Hop Off bus, and then visit Bristol City Centre, Queen Street Mall, and George Street and enjoy the fantastic buildings and intriguing neighbourhoods before hopping on a train to another beautiful city: Bath.
There are some great options in family accommodation too, especially if you search around Clifton to make for your temporary home-base away from home.
A Quick History Lesson
Bristol is situated on the south bank of the River Avon. Originally known as Bottesford, the site was named for the abundance of stone used in the building of London’s railway network. In 1472, it was renamed Bristol, after Bristol of Kent, an heir to King Edward III.
To the Romans, Bristol was a strategic outpost with easy access to the Solent and the other seas of the southern coast and was a crossing point for those journeying to Britannia.
During the Middle Ages, Bristol was a place of plenty. Huge stone slabs were built on hills in order to direct traffic on the rivers, and caravans passed through in the late-night hours in order to collect the town’s timber.
At one point during the Napoleonic Wars, Bristol became one of the largest collieries of its time. As the British iron industry boomed, so did the industries of soap, glue, and printing.
Bristol grew and prospered during the Victorian era and became an important industrial centre. London was bustling and building railways, which were transported to the industrial towns of the north and the industrial districts of London. Bristol became one of the largest factories of its time, along with Bath, Birmingham, and Manchester. In the post-war period, Bristol became a bustling, middle-class town, and the town began to grow along the riverfront.
Today, Bristol is a vibrant community, with something for everyone. With around 320,000 people in the city, the diverse population gives Bristol the energy of a large city. Since Bristol is situated in the West Country of England, the time of the year in which you go is quite different to what it will be like when you return. This is due to Bristol’s relative proximity to a lot of maritime traditions.
From the ice-skating to the hot-air balloon festival, springtime is great for outdoor fun in Bristol. At Christmas, Bristol is a place of enchanting lights and beautiful decorations. The city goes all out for Halloween, and Halloween-themed events are some of the most popular and fun in the country.
This festival has also helped Bristol to solidify its reputation as a unique, eclectic place to live and visit. The city enjoys a varied cultural life as well, with a huge range of musical and theatrical performances. All of this culture is well worth taking advantage of when you venture out of your family accommodation.