7 Bristol Bucket List Attractions

If you’ve ever been to Bristol, you’ll know just how many things there are to see and do here. From its maritime history and museums to street art and iconic structures, Bristol has it all.

For those who have never been to this wonderful city, we thought it would be handy to compile a list of Bristol must-see attractions and sort of Bristol bucket list, as a guide for those wanting to see the city’s top attractions and not miss anything.

SS Great Britain 

Brunels SS Great Britain is an iconic landmark along Bristol’s Harbour and it’s hard to miss. Whilst being impressive to look at from the outside you can also have a look around the inside of the ship for a small price. It is also enjoyed by those of all ages so visiting with family is encouraged.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Another one of Brunel’s iconic landmarks is the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge, which connects Clifton Village to Leigh Woods over the River Avon. Catch stunning views during a clear day or visit at night to see the bridge lit up.

Bristol Harbourside

Bristol’s Harbourside is steeped in history from pirates, sugar traders and more, which has created the city we know today. The Harbour is lined with restaurants, museums, bars, galleries and cafes, making it the perfect place for a long stroll on a sunny day.

M Shed

For those wanting to learn all about Bristol, a visit to M Shed museum is a must. Here you can explore the city through time, from its places, the people and the stories that come with them. It is also free to enter and great for all ages.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

From Ancient Egypt and fossils to stuffed animals and a suspended Bristol Boxkite, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has something for everyone. There is also a vast collection of Victorian and Edwardian paintings and a stuffed Gorilla!

Cabot Tower

Situated in Brandon Hill, Cabot Tower is a 105ft tower built in 1897. Originally built to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol to the continent of North America 400 years ago. Today, it is one of the city’s best viewpoints, climb up the spiral staircase and witness panoramic views of Bristol in all its glory.

Bristol Cathedral 

Situated on College Green, Bristol Cathedral is a magnificent sight set between modern-day architecture. It is England’s only hall church Cathedral with large Gothic windows and a pinnacled skyline, which has stood for over a thousand years and is one of Bristol’s most recognisable buildings.

So, there you have it, some of Bristol’s must-see attractions and certainly ones to add to your Bristol bucket list. There are of course many other wonders to discover but you’ll have to find these for yourself.

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