The Perfect Weekend Holiday in Bristol

Bristol is a small port city located in the hilly terrains of South West England. It is an eccentric destination with plenty of scenic beauty as well as historic places. And if you are seeking some real adventure opt for a boat tour. The place is known for its ferry boats and packet boats that offer city dock tours and Avon Gorge Cruises. And if you have time left, explore the historic site of the city at Great Western Dockyard. Bristol is known for its specialty museums, art galleries, and castles. The city has great weather for most of the year and the best time to visit the place is during the summer or spring season. If you book a tour package, you can see most of the attractions in 2 to 3 days. But if you are traveling independently you can choose selected sites that match your interest. Some of the top destinations in the city are as follows:

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge is an iconic landmark of Bristol. The structure was constructed in 1836 over River Avon and covers the Avon Gorge by connecting Clifton, a suburb in Bristol to Leigh Woods, a village in North Somerset across the river. The shores near the bridge are rocky and lush green foliage surrounds both the cliffs. The natural setting, broad river, and the grand bridge make the entire place look quite scenic. The suspension bridge is 1,352 feet in length and is one of the most-visited sites in Bristol. You can simply enjoy the sight of the bridge from a distance or walk over it to enjoy the beautiful sights from the bridge. If you walk across to Leigh Woods there is an observatory near the bridge that offers incredible views of the river and the city beyond.

Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower is a historic tower located on Brandon Hill near Park Street. The tower which was built in 1898 was dedicated to the memory of John Cabot for his historic voyage to a faraway land that was later named as Canada. The tower which is 105 feet high has a few viewing platforms from the top. Thousands of tourists visit the place to enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the city from the tower. The area where the tower sits is presently a public park with lots of trees and recreational facilities. It is one of the best places to have a tranquil outing in Bristol. Note that the park and the tower offer free entry to visitors.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Located on College Road in Clifton is the award-winning zoo gardens spread across 12 acres of land. The place is home to thousands of animals that can be classified into more than 400 species. This includes a vast group of endangered animals such as pandas and gorillas. The zoo is divided into various sections and the popular ones are the Gorilla Island, Reptile House, Butterfly House, Bug World, and the Aquarium. Also, there is a Top Terrance that houses lions, red pandas, flamingos, and fruit bats. If you are interested in bird watching then head straight to the Forest of Birds. The place is a true paradise adorned with beautiful plants, creepers, and trees that shelter thousands of exotic birds.

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Major Attractions of the Historical Coastal City of Salem

Old Salem, North Carolina

Salem is one of the oldest coastal cities in America and was a significant seaport during early American history. It is called the Witch City and is the best place to visit for anyone looking to know about American and Puritan history. The main attraction is the events that are held to celebrate Halloween apart from the parklands, museums, lighthouses, preserved homes, historic Cape Ann, heritage village, etc.  

Attractions that Salem Offers

The House of the Seven Gables

Here, you come across 17th-century wooden houses that were built in 1668. This is a collection of colonial homes and this was famously used by Nathaniel Hawthorne as an epicenter for his novel under the same name. It is Nathaniel’s birthplace and the house has been restored to showcase its 1808 look. There are guides available to let you know the history of its dwellers, and you can even check out many artifacts, paintings, ad photos. Taking a walk on the curving secret staircase is a highlight. 

Corwin House

This house is popularly known as the Witch House. It belonged to Judge Jonathan Corwin, who was one of the judges in the witch trials. This is the only structure in Salem to have direct links with the 1692 Witchcraft Trials. The original look has been preserved very well and guides here will let you know information about the architecture, the furnishings, artifacts, and everything related to the building and its inmates. 

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

If you want to know about Salem’s maritime history of the 18th and 19th centuries, then do not miss checking out the 9-acre waterfront museum. It has 12 buildings that preserve the maritime history of this coastal city. There are plenty of exhibits on show in these buildings. You can get to know about author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life from the guides. This is also the home where the 18th-century commercial vessel Friendship rests.   

Peabody Essex Museum

This is another historic landmark museum having varied collections of maritime art. It also has plenty of exhibits of decorative arts of America, and contemporary and historical arts and artifacts from India, China, Korea, Japan, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. The most interesting architecture that you should not miss when visiting this museum is the two-century-old ancestral home of the Huang family from China. There are plenty of historical homes in the Peabody community that are open to visitors. 

Marblehead 

If you like to watch sailing and yachting events, then head to Marblehead during the mid-summer. The Puritans were the early occupants of this place and it was a very popular fishing port then. Now, this seagoing place has turned into a sailing center. Apart from the sailing center, this place has many streets and lanes that you can explore on foot. The historical sites to visit in Marblehead include 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion, a Georgina home, Fort Sewell, and 1728 King Hooper Mansion.

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