I consider myself fortunate to live in a very pleasant part of the UK and I am always very pleased when visitors to Bristol express how much they like the city. That is not to say that it is perfect – there are some quite ugly bits, but that all adds to the charm and the authenticity – a few scars can add character.
Here are 10 places to see while you are here and they are not in any particular order (click on the links to find out more). Would you include any others?
Clifton Suspension Bridge - an iconic symbol of the city and for me best seen at night from the Cumberland Basin
St Nicholas Market – a few minutes from the school and a great place to browse in
Park Street - recently nominated as Britain’s hippest street and stunning views from this hilly thoroughfare of boutiques and eateries
Gloucester Road – memories of the days when supermarkets and large chains didn’t dominate the retail landscape. It has the largest number of independent traders on any one street in the UK and a place where you can still find family businesses like the toy shop, the fishmongers and the local baker.
Stokes Croft - The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft, the Bear Pit, Turbo Island – pure class and an area that really couldn’t care less if you like it or not
Cabot Circus – ultramodern shopping and not to everyone’s taste, but so much better than the soulless shopping arcades of the 1970′s
Blaise Hamlet – Bristol’s answer to The Shire
Arnos Vale Cemetery – an atmospheric Victorian graveyard (with a cafe)
Christmas Steps - dating back to the 1600′s and now a vibrant arts quarter
Snuff Mills – a riverside walk with the chance to spot otters and kingfishers (I never have)
Where would you recommend visitors to your town or city go?
Click on the picture below (courtesy of VisitBristol) to see what Lonely Planet has to say.