Bristol is regarded as the capital of the South West of England. Lively yet laid-back, Bristol blends its rich maritime heritage with an innovative, dynamic culture, making it one of the most cosmopolitan centres outside London. It is a leader on the green scene and was proud to be European Green capital 2015 – the only UK city ever to hold the title.
Bristol boasts an exciting line-up of entertainment and is host to a wide range of diverse and ecletic festivals throughout the seasons, including the annual Harbour festival and Bristol Pride.
The city's most celebrated sights include the Clifton Suspension Bridge – which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and celebrated its 150th anniversary in December 2014 - and Brunel's ss Great Britain in the thriving Harbourside. There are fine museums and galleries here, many of which are free to enter including M Shed, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and Arnolfini - one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. Attractions such as Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol Aquarium and At-Bristol Science Centre make Bristol a particularly family-friendly destination.
Exceptional places to eat and drink are a highlight of Bristol. Globally-inspired street food can be found in St Nicholas Market, and independent cafés and shops line Park Street and Gloucester Road.
Bristol is compact enough to get around as a pedestrian and our access guide includes route guides to popular and picturesque routes for residents and visitors:
Route 1 - Corn Street. A number of historic buildings can be found on Corn Street including the Old Council House and St Nicholas markets – home to a range of permanent independent traders and the thriving weekly Farmers Market.
Route 2 – Harbour loop. A tour around the historic Bristol Harbour taking in the city's engineering heritage and the M Shed museum, sited on the former Industrial Museum which itself was the site of former dock warehouses.
Route 3 – King Street. Historic King Street is home to many listed buildings dating from the 17th century, including The Llandoger Trow (1664), originally merchants' houses, now a historic public house and the Bristol Old Vic theatre.
Route 4 - Queen Square. An 18th Century garden square with open space, level lawns and wide gravel paths in the centre of Bristol. The square is often used for public events in the summer months.
As part of the access guide to the Bristol area, we have included information on popular pedestrian routes for visitors and residents:
You can find lots of useful information in these guides such as: ground surfaces, dropped kerb's, tactile markings and any potential barriers that may need to be negotiated. We hope you find them useful.
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