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Ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in England, Bristol is a hip and quirky city. Summer is the best time to visit Bristol when many annual festivals are celebrated in the city. Bristol is known for its Victorian and Gregorian architecture, underground music, street art, the hot air balloon festival and for the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Bristol has managed to gracefully regenerate itself after World War II and has become an attractive destination with great culture, nightlife and architecture. The hub of activity is Bristol's floating harbor where most attractions in the city are located like M Shed, Blue Reef Aquarium and Bunel's Great Britain.

Broadmead is a busy shopping district and the Old Town of Bristol is located within walking distance. The Old Town has hidden alleys, cobbled streets and old buildings.

Bristol celebrates many quirky and world renowned festivals each year like See No Evil, a unique street art event. It celebrates 7 national food festivals each year including master classes from Ed Baines and Levi Roots.

One of the best museums in the city is the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery that has a collection of local glassware, archaeology and natural history. M Shed is a history museum and a local landmark.

The city is home to an overwhelming number of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings in a number of different architectural styles. From 12th century churches and Tudor mansions to medieval castle and fortified city, Bristol has many architectural highlights.

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Bristol holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Bristol Zoo Gardens
What is it? The Bristol Zoo Gardens was founded in 1835 and is one of the oldest zoos in the world. Spread over 12 acres, the zoo has been an immensely popular Bristol attraction since its inception and is a fun-filled experience for young and old alike. The zoo focuses on conservation and scientific research, as well as entertainment, and some of the fascinating exhibits include Gorilla Island, the Zona Brazil, Bug World, and the Monkey Jungle. The zoo plays host to various exciting events and programmes throughout the year and visitors can also enjoy a picnic in the covered picnic area, or a snack at the Pelican Restaurant. The Terrace Theatre offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with some of the zoo's smaller inhabitants in Animal Encounters, running every day on the hour from 12pm to 4pm in peak season and 12pm to 3pm off-peak. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5.30pm (peak season); 9am to 5pm (off-peak). Last admission is an hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day Phone:(0)117 974 7399



2. Bristol Cathedral
Park Street on College Green
What is it? In roughly 1140, the Abbey of St Augustine was founded by Robert Fitzhardinge. Over the years, the Abbey was altered, eventually becoming the model of the Hall Church style in England. When the Abbey was finally dissolved in 1539, the Nave was demolished and rebuilt, and became what is now the landmark Bristol Cathedral. The original Abbey Gatehouse and the Chapter House, which dates back to 1165, remain and visitors can enjoy the beauty and peace of this ancient holy site and its surrounds. The Cathedral also hosts free music recitals at certain times of year. Public guided tours of the Cathedral are available in the summer season, every Saturday at 11am. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm; Saturdays 8am to 5.30pm; Sundays 7.30am to 5pm Phone:(0)117 926 4879



3. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Queens Road
What is it? The Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is an impressive collection of exhibits, objects and artwork, housed in a beautiful Edwardian Baroque building. As well as the permanent exhibits of regional, national and international artefacts, the museum hosts a range of temporary exhibitions and has a variety of different periods of artworks on display in its galleries. From natural history to the World Wildlife Gallery, decorative arts collections and archaeological displays, the Bristol City Museum and Gallery has something for everyone. The museum and gallery also plays host to various special events, workshops and children's activities throughout the year. Hours of Operation: Daily 10am to 5pm Phone:(0)117 922 3571



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1. Discovery Channel International Balloon Fiesta

From 2007-08-09

To 2007-08-12

What is it? Every year the Ashton Court Estate and the skies of Bristol are transformed into a colourful riot of hot air balloons. Mass balloon launches of over a 100 balloons at a time take place in amongst a host of family orientated activities. Funfairs, music, stunt shows, camel racing, international food stalls and more form part of this free, four day fiesta. One of the highlights of the fiesta is the Special Shapes Rodeo, where anything from a giant bag-pipe playing highlander to a floating orange slice can be seen taking to the skies. Balloon launches are usually at 6am and 6pm each day, but it is worth noting that the launches are subject to the weather and times can change. For more information, call (0)117 953 5884 or consult the Fiesta website. Where is it? Ashton Court




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