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 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.