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  • permia
    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    Even though Brunel didn’t live to see its completion in 1864 it is very much based on his design.

    We really anticipated seeing it for the first time. And expectations were exceeded, on a perfect day for the vistas.

    Reaching it was simple, taking No 8 bus from the Station. A short walk from the get-off stop brought us to the remarkable feat of engineering.

    Strolling languidly across its full 412 metre length, we marvelled at the depth of the Avon gorge that it spans. At the time of Brunel’s designs in around 1830 it was the longest proposed of any such bridge.

    The river is about 100 metres below so a remarkable engineering achievement. An imposing tower at each end support the massive cables and mechanisms within both of these edifices allow movement of the cables in proportion to the load the bridge is handling at any time.

    A memorable visit to a remarkable structure.
    Written 19 June 2024
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    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    Bristol being a major port and originating place for historic voyages onto the Atlantic, Cabot arrived here in the late 1490s, under the patronage of Henry VII.

    His most famous voyage began in 1497 from Bristol and reached what is now Canada. To celebrate the quadricentennial of this pioneering journey, building the gorgeous tower began in 1897 and it was completed the following year.
    Written 20 June 2024
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    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    Such a lovely surprise to see the Constable in Bristol - Truth to Nature exhibition. It was marvellous viewing his vibrant startling The Hay Wain in a relatively uncrowded space.

    Accompanying the central masterpiece are Constable sketches from the V & A Museum plus works by artists influenced by Constable.

    Reflecting nature and in particular egg colleting is an intriguing work by Andy Holden. In ceramic, it shows a multitude of different eggs, replicating a sight the artist observed.

    Fine landscapes and portraits are plentiful. By both British and European artists. Lucien Pissarro’s Esther in the Garden and La Frette are delightful.
    Written 6 June 2024
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    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    A remarkable and vast place of worship is outstanding in every way. Deemed a superlative example of English Gothic style, it was inspiring to gaze at it.

    A beautiful tower and spire extends heavenwards to 84 metres. Leaving the enchanted exterior it was wonderful stepping inside.

    Stunning ornamentation and decorative flourishes abound. Particularly the columns and arches plus the breathtaking ceiling.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • Manfred B
    Telford, UK322 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the M Shed Museum as we wanted to learn about the City's History.

    The Museum has many interesting Exhibits/Displays located on two floors which provide plenty of information for the Visitor.

    The Top Floor incorporates a Roof Terrace which offers splendid Views across Bristol Harbourside, not to be missed!

    On the Ground Floor is a small Cafe with friendly and helpful staff, providing indoor seating for refreshments.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Phil C
    7 contributions
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    We did the 13.30 Saturday Group Tour which was led by Alex. She was an excellent & very knowledgeable guide. We had a very informative & interesting 90 mins walk around various parts of the Cemetery. We had never been before but will return for a casual stroll. We took our dog along & finished the afternoon with cake & tea in their cafe.
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Steve_Val_Shrews
    Shrewsbury, UK8 contributions
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    Just down for a weekend break, a stroll along the waterfront was just what the doctor ordered. There was plenty to see and a good number of eateries en route, catering for a range of tastes. We were fortunate with the weather and all in all a very pleasant time. Thank you Bristol.
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • Blovesfood
    Bensalem, PA649 contributions
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    Visited May 2022
    While staying at nearby Leonardo hotel, I wandered over to look for souvenirs. This was my first shopping experience in England and it was great. There were brands I never heard of and a book shop that I spent a lot of money in. This is a good spot to get your steps in even if you aren't shopping for anything specific. Many restaurants and Krispy Kreme donuts!
    Written 27 May 2024
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  • Jeremy H
    Bristol, UK170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the heart of Broadmead (city centre) is a gem of a traditional cafe serving decent coffee, tea etc, toast tea cakes, cakes, soup and home made lunches. The staff are friendly and the facilities are clean.
    Written 30 September 2023
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    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    The interplay of light in the midst of soaring slender Gothic columns and arches was inspiring to behold.

    From the intricate exquisite art work on the façades to the continuation of same within, it was a memorable visit.
    Written 21 June 2024
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    Ireland62,173 contributions
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    Knowing very little about the great bridge, visiting here was most illuminating. Posters and clear accounts of its origins, competition designs, progress and eventual opening in 1864 were great.

    Staff were very helpful and on hand to fill in on any queries.
    Written 22 June 2024
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  • Jemma G
    London, UK1,029 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited for parkrun, taking in the steep uphill mile and a bit path and back down again. The top affords amazing views of Bristol, the path is a mixture of tarmac and unmade gravel. There are toilets and the cafe is nice, lots of choice including for vegans. Coffee is so-so, prices are pretty steep but service was really good. And there’s a 10% discount for parkrunners on a Saturday morning. Parking here can be tricky at busier times.
    Written 4 March 2023
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  • Michela P
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My partner and I went to eat, really delicious, I didn't expect the food to be so good, it was like a fairy tale, delicious and very good food, prices are high but they are well worth it, we will be back soon
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • JRMADA
    United States3,326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a great visit. The house is in perfect condition and the first room is all original. The staff is very friendly and informative. Entry is free, but we made a donation. We were lucky to have the house all to ourselves when we visited @12 on a Sunday. We highly recommend a visit here.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • CBR
    171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent house. Up a hill if coming on foot. But worth the effort. Well preserved. An unexpected Tudor find in the city. Free with donations welcome.
    Written 26 August 2023
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