The city of Bristol is a fascinating blend of history and exciting new attractions, encompassing a thousand years of discovery, imagination and inspiration.
The rich and eventful history of Bristol as a port stretches back over many centuries. The original town was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1051 as a port trading regularly with Ireland.
Today Bristol is colourful and cosmopolitan. A city of films and festivals, concerts and carnivals, wildlife and nature, balloons and kites, theatres and museums, clubs and DJs, food and fun. It is one of the regions most popular short-break destinations.
Bristol's harbourside is lined with attractions, boats, restaurants and museums that make the city unforgettable. Many old warehouses have been reborn as bistros, wine bars and arts centres, including "At-Bristol", which boasts a living rainforest, a thrilling world of hands-on discovery and the biggest 3D-cinema screen in the region.
Bristol Zoo Gardens showcase the best of flora and fauna. The Seal and Penguin Coast and Zona Brazil are just two of the many popular features at this excellent zoo. The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum, Bristol's latest cultural attraction, opened in 2002 and brings to life Britain's dramatic 500-year colonial history. There is a great range of accommodation across the City, from budget to luxury hotels, hostels and serviced apartments.