BRISTOL – what’s happening, what to do, what to see
Located on the banks of a floating harbour, Bristol is England’s seventh largest city and was awarded European Green Capital status in 2015.
The city is well known for it’s diverse and vibrant LGBT and cultural scene. It is home to many Banksy originals, Aardaman Animations (creators of Wallace and Gromit), Brunel’s icon single-span suspension bridge across the Avon Gorge, the Matthew and the SS Great Britain .
Many of the places of interest are clustered around the centre and can be easily visited on foot. These include the M-shed, St. Nicholas market, the Harbourside, our very cosy Everyman cinema, Gloucester Road with it’s wide range of independent shops, Wapping Wharf and the recylced cargo-containers-turned-shops, the City Museum and the Georgian House museum, the historic Red Lodge. Conniseurs of art will enjoy visiting St. George’s concert hall and Colston hall.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Bristol is full of green spaces within easy walking distance of the centre. Close to the conference venue, you will find Brandon Hill nature park, with magnificent views across Bristol on a clear day – and the more adventurous amongst you might want to climb the narrow steep stairs of Cabot Tower.
Use the excellent transport links to vist Jane Austen’s Bath, Cheddar George (yes – cheddar is made here!), Gloucester city and harbouside, the magnificient ruins of Glastonbury abbey & the tor, Wells – England’s smallest city, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds.
Bristol is served by its own international airport with regular flights from all over Europe, and futher afield. The city has an efficient Public transport system. The centre is very level and easy to get around on foot, however, you might encounter some hills when accessing areas like Clifton.
Parking in the centre is very limited, and most of the residential roads are covered by the Residents Parking Scheme. Your best best is to park in one of the bigger car parks scattered throughout the centre, and use the bus or walk to get around. You can also use Park & Ride services to get to the centre.
Bristol is within a two hour commute of London, Birmingham and Cardiff. Slight further away are the cities of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, which are your gateway to the Peak District and the Lake District.