Things to Do in Bristol
Brunel’s ss Great Britain
Built and launched in Bristol in 1843, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s maritime masterpiece was the world’s first ocean-going, propeller driven iron ship. After a life as a luxury liner, troop ship, cargo vessel and floating warehouse, she was abandoned in the Falklands Islands in 1937. She was salvaged in 1970, towed back to Bristol and has now been restored to her former glory.
The historic vessel is being conserved for future generations under a ‘glass sea’ in the same dockyard where she was constructed. Visitors are encouraged to experience what life was like for her Victorian passengers and crew, including a visit to the recently installed three-storey tall moving engine. Brunel’s ss Great Britain was the winner of the Gulbenkian Prize for Museum of the Year 2006 – the Biggest Arts Prize in the U.K. For further information and prices Tel: 0117 926 0680 or go to the SS Great Britain website.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of space and join one of their presenters in a journey of discovery in At-Bristol’s Planetarium. Enjoy stunning vistas of the night sky, find out how to spot seasonal constellations and discover awe-inspiring science behind the stars. Discover the wonders of the world we live in. Be awed by cosmic rays, get in a spin at the turbulent orb or try to control a loop of string with a mind of its own.
For those with a liking for the great outdoors, Bristol has over 450 parks and green spaces, proportionately more than any other English city. Beautiful Georgian Queen Square, historic Castle Park and Brandon Hill, with its fine views of the harbour, are all just a few minutes walk from the city centre and you can easily explore the splendid heritage country parks of Ashton Court Estate and Blaise Castle Estate, just on the edge of the city. There are also many beautiful country walks just a few miles from Bristol and no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens.
City Museum & Art Gallery – An outstanding collection of art, archaeology and natural history artefacts
The Georgian House – This historic and impeccably preserved townhouse provides a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of the Georgian era.
Blaise Castle House Museum – Wonderful estate and folly castle hosting an exciting collection of objects, including a stunning collection of period costumes and Victorian schoolroom
The Edward Jenner Museum – Located in Berkeley next to the famous castle, this museum gives a fascinating insight into the home of the vaccination pioneer Edward Jenner, who discovered the cure for smallpox
Fleet Air Arm Museum – Visit the UK’s largest aviation collection and experience life on the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal
Clifton Suspension Bridge – The visitor centre at the bridge contains displays and artefacts explaining the history, construction and maintenance of this world famous symbol of the city of Bristol