Top Choice Historic Site in City Centre

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Bristol's pride and joy is the mighty, innovative steamship, the SS Great Britain, designed by engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. The ship's interior has been impeccably refurbished, including the g…
Top Choice Museum in City Centre

M Shed

Set amid the iconic cranes of Bristol's dockside, this impressive museum is a treasure trove of memorabilia. The exhibits are divided into three sections (People, Place and Life), and provide a panoramic overview of…
Bridge in Clifton

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton's most famous (and photographed) landmark is the 76m-high Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge. It was designed by master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel with construction beginning in 1836…
Top Choice Museum in City Centre

We the Curious

Bristol's interactive science museum has zones featuring space, technology, sport, the sea and the human brain. In the Curiosity Zone you get to walk through a tornado, spin on a human gyroscope and strum the string…
Museum in City Centre

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

You're in for a few surprises at this classic old Edwardian museum. Look out for the Paint-Pot Angel by world-famous street artist Banksy in the entrance hall; a funerary statue with an upturned pink paint pot on he…
Observatory in Clifton

Clifton Observatory

Set in a striking 18th-century windmill, Clifton Observatory features a viewing platform, a rare camera obscura and the cliff-side Giant's Cave. Together they offer incredible views of the suspension bridge, the plu…
Zoo in Bristol

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Highlights at the city's award-winning zoo include a family of eight western lowland gorillas (bossed by silverback Jock) and the Seal and Penguin Coast, where African penguins, eider ducks and South American fur se…
Historic Site in City Centre


The most striking thing about this replica of the vessel in which John Cabot made his landmark voyage from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497 is its size. At 24m it seems far too small, but it would have carried a crew…
Public Art in Bristol

Mild Mild West

This wry piece of graffiti art was painted by local lad Banksy. It features a Molotov cocktail–wielding teddy bear who's facing three riot police. It's thought to be a fond comment on the city's vibe: edgy but someh…
Cave in Clifton

Giant's Cave

A natural cavern set beneath the Clifton Observatory and the camera obscura. The cave mouth is set into the side of the cliff, offering spectacular views over the suspension bridge and Avon Gorge.