Bristol is a nice city in the south-west of England, fairly close to Wales. Its connectivity to rest of the world is excellent, due to the airport with many direct flights, including to the United States. Having landed there, you are directly in a beautiful landscape with typical English meadows. In case you are addicted to cheese, you can try to satisfy your desires - the village of Cheddar is pretty close.
What to do
- Visit Bristol harbour and its famous steam ship “SS Great Britain“, one of the world’s most historically important ships – it was the first iron-hulled, propeller-driven ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. This will be one of the very few possibilities to see such an impressive ship in a dry-dock. In addition to being a tourist site, it is also fully equipped and suitable for a social event during a project meeting. Do not miss the show of Captain Bob who won a national prize for his outstanding customer service. The waterfront is also the location of the industrial and maritime museums, and has an abundance of places to eat and drink, especially near the Watershed media centre.
- The SS Great Britain is just one of the examples of the work of Bristol’s unofficial hero – Isambard Kingdom Brunel – an engineer who was also responsible for the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the rail network from London to Bristol and the south-west of England.
- Bristol has one of highest tidal ranges in the world – up to 14.3m. Its effect can be seen on the River Avon, perhaps best at the west end of the harbour, where the locks (Brunel did the original ones here too) permit passage between the harbour and the river, and from where there is also a great view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
- Bristol’s more recent engineering prowess can be seen at the Concorde Visitor Centre. Concorde, the world’s only supersonic airliner to enter revenue-generating service, was designed and built jointly by teams from Bristol and Toulouse. The last Concorde ever to fly is here.
- You can also easily find examples of work by the grafitti artist Banksy, who has made a big name for himself in the UK and elsewhere by creating his rather subversive pieces on many surfaces in many public places and completely avoiding all attempts by the media to identify and interview him. In fact, his identity is known to quite a few Bristolians, but they respect his wish for privacy.
- Visit Wales! The Brecon Beacon National Park is just a 2-hour bus ride north-west of Bristol! Its centre is Brecon, a small, cute typical Welsh town. The bus to there from Bristol leaves from the Bristol Bus terminal. From Brecon, you can hike over many ranges of mountains, including the horseshoe-shaped Brecons. In addition, the place has a local market, and a number of nice Bed & Breakfasts if you walk down on Watton road.
Where to stay
- The harbour area offers a variety of “normal” hotels, such as the Ibis (Explore Lane). You might ask yourself in which city you just woke up but does it matter when the way back home from the pub was a short one?
- Maybe you’d enjoy a taxi ride in Bristol while on project expenses?
Where to eat
- Are you in the mood for fish & chips, the British way? Try the Rendezvous Fish & Chip Shop at 9, Denmark Street!
What to bring home
- The celtic mellow whisky liqueur Danzy Jones – flavoured with rosehips syrup and spices. This drink is a sweet, mellow apéritiv from Wales.
- A bottle of the Welsh (not Scotch) single malt whisky Penderyn.
- The traditional quaffing drink of Bristol and the south-west of England is cider. You can buy it in all pubs and supermarkets.
- Map Service provided by the Bristol City Council