Key to the City™, Bristol.

Historic Bristol and Harbourside

The Bristol Harbourside
The Bristol Harbourside (Photo: Not So Big Media)

Bristol, the gateway to the south west of England, is a lively yet laid-back city that blends its rich maritime heritage with an innovative and independent culture. Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting selection of entertainment, this ancient but cosmopolitan city has a wealth of attractions for the many visitors from across the globe.

From Brunel's ss Great Britain, the M Shed museum space and the Bristol Aquarium on the harbourside to the suburb of Clifton which features the famous Suspension Bridge and the beloved Bristol Zoo.

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The Lowdown on Bristol

The Site of the Old Bristol High Cross
The Site of the Old Bristol High Cross

Information to get you started

Bristol is a historic city and was once the second most important city in the country after London! Known for its maritime history, the city's links to America and beyond are famous worldwide. In this section we'll give you an outline of how the city works.

The Bristol Story

Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Famous places and faces

Knowing the story of Bristol will hopefully help you enjoy the city more. In this section we will dive into the past, including Bristol's origins as a major trading port, and look at the people of Bristol who made the city famous. More articles coming soon.

Bristol Civic Pride

City Hall, Bristol

Articles and news stories

This is our news and features section. In the coming months we hope to feature articles about Bristol from local writers, bloggers and journalists. We hope that this will give visitors a better insight to the city.

Bristol Amenities

The Centre, Bristol

Local facilities

In this section we'll look at what useful amenities are available including wifi, communication, media, health and safety.