Temple Meads Station might well be one of the most impressive buildings in town. Its neo-gothic architecture gives it a pretense of a 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 center 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 include 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.
Bristols’ main sights:
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.
Temple Meads Rail Station
Temple Meads Rail Station Locked between Temple Meads Station, the floating harbor, 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 Bristol Cathedral.
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.
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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 Cabot Tower to your left. If time allows, have a look at all of them.
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 Cabot’s ship, The Matthew. The former was conceived by Brunel in 1843 and can be visited at the harbor. 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, £7.50),
National Express buses have 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.
A 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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Hotels Near Bristol Temple Meads Station
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