Top Choice Historic Site in Bristol

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 Bristol


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…
Top Choice Museum in Bristol

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…
Cathedral in Bristol

Bristol Cathedral

Originally founded as a 12th-century monastery church, Bristol Cathedral was heavily remodelled during the 19th century. It's one of Britain's best examples of a 'Hall Church' (meaning the nave, chapels and choir ar…
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 Building in Bristol

Georgian House

Once the home of the wealthy West India merchant John Pinney, this 18th-century house provides an evocative insight into aristocratic life in Bristol during the Georgian era. It's decorated in period style, typified…
Historic Building in Bristol

Red Lodge

Built in 1590 and remodelled in 1730, this red-brick house is a mix of Elizabethan, Stuart and Georgian architecture. The highlight is the Great Oak Room, which still features its original Elizabethan oak panelling,…
Library in Bristol

Brunel Institute

A maritime archive housing a wealth of materials relating to engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the SS Great Britain and Bristol's naval history. To visit, bring a recent form of ID bearing your address.
Gallery in Bristol

Spike Island

Culture vultures should make time to visit Spike Island, a lively centre for visual arts that's home to a collective of artists' studios, a contemporary art gallery and a cracking little cafe (open 8.30am to 5pm Mon…
Museum in Bristol

Blaise Castle House

This late-18th-century house, tucked into the northern suburb of Henbury, is home to a social-history museum showcasing vintage toys, costumes and an eclectic collection of Victorian ephemera. Buses 1, 3, 4 and 76 r…