Meads Station might well be one of the most impressive building
in town. Its neo-gothic architecture gives it a pretence of
medieval castle, only accentuated by the long crenelated wings
running along the alleyway.
Leaving Bristol from the Airport
Bristol airport is just 8 miles South West of the city centre and can be reached by bus, car, train or express coach service in under twenty minutes. There are also good connections from outside of the city and surrounding areas such as Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The airport serves 29 countries which includes direct flights to 112 different destinations and with an increase in passengers moving through the airport year on year, Bristol airport and it's facilities are set to grow and improve over the forthcoming years.
|Temple Meads Station
|St Mary Redcliffe
|British Empire & Commonwealth Museum
Bristol Temple meads Train station
|Bristol's famous museum, the British
Empire & Commonwealth Museum, is housed in
the West wing of the station.
|Locked between Temple Meads Station, the floating
harbour and the River Avon, the 89m-high lean
spire of St Mary Redcliffe is another well-known
landmark. It is one of the largest Parish Churches
in Britain and was described by Queen Elizabeth
I in 1574 as the "fairest, goodliest and
most famous parish church in England".
In the middle of town, the
St Nicholas Markets are a good place to hang
around and have a cheap bite. Crossing the Hippodrome,
you reach the attractive, though not gigantic
It was first established as the Abbey of St
Augustine in 1140, and is noted for its choir
and stained-glass windows. It is surrounded
by a nice park, the gothic city library and
the majestic semi-circular Council House. Also
worth a look are the Lord Mayor's Chapel, just
north of the cathedral.
Continuing westwards, you will reach Park Street
climbing uphill. Here you have the choice of
continuing straight to the University Tower,
which houses the City Museum & Art Gallery,
go to the Red Lodge to your right, or the Georgian
House, Brandon Hill and Cabbot Tower to your
left. If time allows, have a look at all of
At the top of the hill you can go south through
Berkeley Place, until reaching the city docks
where are anchored the Victorian steamship SS
Great Britain and a much smaller replica of
Cabbot's ship, The Matthew. The former was conceived
by Brunel in 1843 and can be visited at the
harbour. It was the forerunner to all modern
ships and carried some 15,000 emigrants to Australia,
before being damaged in 1886 in the Falklands,
where it remained until 1970.
How to get there
There are trains between Bristol
and London Paddington (1h50min, £23.20),
Bath (20min, £4.60), Cardiff (40 to 55min,
National Express buses has buses to London
(2h30min, £14.50),Oxford (2h40min, £12)
and Birmingham (2h, £15.50).
Note that Flightlink
bus No 200 goes to Heathrow (2h, £26.50)
and Gatwick (3h30min, £30) airports. There
are short-distance buses
to Bath (No X39, 332 and 339, 50min, £3.90)
and Wells (No 376/976, 1h) among others.
Bath can also be reached from Bristol
by bicycle following a cycle-path
of a disused railway along the Avon River.
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