Bristol City Center Tour (Self Guided), Bristol

Bristol City Center is very rich in attractions, including sights such as monuments, museums, galleries and sculptures. Take this walking tour to explore the center of Bristol.
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Bristol City Center Tour Map

Guide Name: Bristol City Center Tour
Guide Location: England » Bristol (See other walking tours in Bristol)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: stacey
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Saint Mary Redcliffe

1) Saint Mary Redcliffe (must see)

St. Mary Redcliffe is an Anglican parish church located in the Redcliffe district of the English port city of Bristol, close to the city center. In medieval times, St. Mary Redcliffe, sitting on a red cliff above the River Avon, was a sign to seafarers, who would pray in it at their departure, and give thanks there upon their return.

The church was built and beautified by Bristol's wealthy merchants, who paid to have masses sung for their souls and many of whom are commemorated there. Parts of the church date to the beginning of the 12th century. Although its plan dates from an earlier period, much of the church as it now stands was built between 1292 and 1370, with the south aisle and transept in the Decorated Gothic of the 13th century and the greater part of the building in the late 14th century Perpendicular. St Mary Redcliffe is cruciform in plan, with a chapel extending to the east of the chancel, and a large tower placed asymmetrically to the north of the west front. There is a rectangular 13th century porch on either side of the nave, that on the north side having been extended with a more elaborate polygonal outer porch in the 14th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Statue of William III

2) Statue of William III

Statue of William III is a historic statue in the center of Queen Square in Bristol, England. The statue of William III by John Michael Rysbrack, cast in 1733 and erected in 1736 to signify the city's loyalty. The bronze statue is on a Portland ashlar pedestal with a molded plinth and cornice. It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Granary

3) The Granary

The Granary is on Welsh Back, Bristol. It was built in 1869 by Archibald Ponton and William Venn Gough with red Cattybrook brick with black and white brick and limestone dressings as a granary but has been used as offices. It is probably the best preserved example of the Bristol Byzantine style.

It has also been known as Wait and James' Granary. It housed a nightclub, also known as The Granary, from 1968 to 1988. Initially opened as a jazz club by Ted Cowell under the guidance of Acker Bilk in 1968, it started hosting regular rock nights in 1969, becoming an all-rock club by 1978. Many well-known rock acts played there, including Yes, Genesis, Status Quo, Motörhead and Iron Maiden. The building was owned by Bristol City Council who invited competitive bids from developers for its renovation and conversion. Barton Willmore produced the designs which supported the winning bid to convert the building into apartments.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Castle Park

4) Castle Park (must see)

Castle Park is a public open space in Bristol managed by Bristol City Council. It is bounded by the Floating Harbour and Castle Street to the south, Lower Castle Street to the east, and Broad Weir, Newgate and Wine Street to the north. Its western boundary is less obviously defined and has been the subject of controversy, perhaps because the area around High Street and St Mary-le-Port Church, though not part of the park and always intended for development, is often considered at the same time as the park.

The park was completed in 1978, and occupies most of the site which had contained Bristol's main shopping area. Much of this area was heavily damaged by bombing during the Second World War, and that which remained was subsequently demolished. The ruined tower of St Mary-le-Port church stands to the west of the park, surrounded by derelict financial office buildings. Adjoining the ruins of St Peter's church in the middle of the park is a sensory herb garden, and five silver birch trees as a memorial to the beaches of the D-Day landings. Tree-lined St Peter’s Square, to the north of St Peter's church, has been home to various events including German Christmas markets.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint John the Baptist Church

5) Saint John the Baptist Church

The Church of St John the Baptist, Bristol is a former Church of England parish church at the lower end of Broad Street Bristol. The church was built in the 14th century with the tower and steeple over St John's Gate, the last remaining city gateway.

The church is very narrow as it is built into and alongside the city walls. Consequently it is also known as St John's on the Wall. Beneath the church is a vaulted crypt, which was dedicated to the Holy Cross. A conduit has supplied water from Brandon Hill since 1374, and the course of the pipe is marked in places by small plaques set into the pavements. Among the monuments in the church are those of Walter Frampton (died 1357), thrice Mayor of Bristol and a great benefactor of the church, and a brass commemorating Thomas Rowley (died c. 1478).
Sight description based on wikipedia
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At-Bristol

6) At-Bristol (must see)

At-Bristol is a public science and technology "exploration" and education center and charity in Bristol. As a visitor attraction, At-Bristol has hundreds of hands-on exhibits, and a Planetarium with seasonal shows for the over fives, and a 'Little Stars' show for children aged five and under. In addition to trails and activities, they also have changing exhibitions and presenter-led Live Science shows. They have recently started holding special events for under sixes called 'Toddler Takeover'. At-Bristol also welcomes 40,000 school pupils every year, from pre-school to post-16, for school visits and education workshops. They are also host to the Science Learning Centre South West, and together they offer continuing professional development for teachers and other science communicators.

There are rooms and roof terraces above the exhibition that At-Bristol offers for venue hire, and these have been used for events such as the Sky News media hub for the General Election Debate, as well as other conferences, meetings and events. These spaces are also available for weddings and civil partnerships. At-Bristol also hires out the exhibition floor, Planetarium, Millennium Square and Anchor. Although they are a separate organist to the Bristol Aquarium, they manage their venue hire spaces. Another interesting fact is that At-Bristol has its own exhibition workshop on site. This has allowed them to develop an 'Exhibition Services' arm, where they provide exhibitions and/or exhibits for sale or hire, for other science centers, museums and visitor attractions.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Bristol Cathedral

7) Bristol Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity is the Church of England cathedral in the city of Bristol, England, and is commonly known as Bristol Cathedral. Founded in 1140, it became the seat of the bishop and cathedral of the new Diocese of Bristol in 1542. Located on College Green, across which its architecture can be seen to advantage, the cathedral presents a harmonious view of tall Gothic windows and pinnacled skyline that belies the fact that it was constructed over a period of more than 700 years. The cathedral has much of interest including unique architectural features, unusual memorials and an historic organ.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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O2 Academy

8) O2 Academy

O2 Academy is one of the city's most popular venues, located below the ice rink on Frogmore Street. This club hosts events almost every night, offering a variety of DJs and bands as entertainment.
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University Tower

9) University Tower (must see)

This grand and splendid building is a major landmark in Bristol and one of the most famous parts of Bristol University. The octagonal belfry at the top is an open structure designed to amplify the bell’s sonorous tones. The Wills Memorial Building (also known as the Wills Memorial Tower or simply the Wills Tower) is a Neo Gothic building designed by Sir George Oatley and built as a memorial to Henry Overton Wills III. Begun in 1915 and not opened until 1925, it is considered one of the last great Gothic buildings to be built in England. Situated near the top of Park Street on Queens Road in Bristol, United Kingdom, it is a landmark building of the University of Bristol that currently houses the School of Law and the Department of Earth Sciences, as well as the Law and Earth Sciences libraries. It is the third highest structure in Bristol, standing at 68 m (215 ft). It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building and serves as a regional European Documentation Centre.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Brandon Hill Park

10) Brandon Hill Park

Brandon Hill Park is considered the oldest park in Bristol. Beginning in ancient times, locals have been using this area for various leisure activities. It is a great place to begin exploring Bristol, as it offers a wonderful panorama of the city. Brandon Hill, also known as St Brandon's Hill, is a hill close to Bristol city centre, between the districts of Clifton and Hotwells, in south west England. At the summit is the Cabot Tower, opened in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the voyage by John Cabot from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. Brandon Hill was granted to the council in 1174 by the Earl of Gloucester, and used for grazing until 1625 when it became a public open space, possibly the oldest municipal open space in the country. During the late 18th and early 19th century it was a popular venue for public meetings by reform groups like the Chartists. In 1832, the hill was the location of the Great Reform Dinner, which was famously gatecrashed. From 1840 onward Brandon Hill was improved with walls and walks. A crowd of 30,000 watched the launch of SS Great Britain from the hill on 7 July 1843. The park is steep and is divided into informal gardens, a small nature reserve and open grassland. The two hectare nature reserve has been run since 1980 by the Avon Wildlife Trust who have their headquarters beside the park. The wildflower meadow includes ox-eye daisies, yellow rattle and knapweed. A pond provides a breeding site for frogs, toads and Smooth Newts. The butterfly garden supplies food for caterpillars and many kinds of butterflies. Birds such as jay, bullfinch and blackcap are seen in the reserve. Native trees and shrubs have been planted, and the meadow is cut for hay in July.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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