The BrmmBrmm Motoring Guide to Bristol
Referred to as “the most beautiful, interesting and distinguished [city] in England” by John Betjeman Bristol is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan centres outside of London. It is one of, if not the, largest city in the south west of England witha population of approximately half a million, and has a long and diverse history. It is historically a county in its own right, occupying a narrow strip along the banks of the River Avon between Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The town itself has some intersting post war architecture and countless examples of its long maritime history, as wekll as a grat range of pubs clubs and restaurants. The harbourside area underwent a huge redevelopment as part of the Millnium celebrations and and the SS Great Britain is now back in the Western Dock, restord and open to the public.
When Bristol was incorporated into the newly formed County of Avon there was a huge outcry and many citizens refused to use the new county name. The County of Bristol has since been reinstated, although a few still place the county in Avon.
Two motorways intersect a few miles from Bristol’s centre. The M4 from London to South Wales bridges the River Severn before it widens to become the Bristol Channel. The North-South M5 skirts the city at Avonmouth. A feeder motorway connects the M4 directly into the heart of the city.