Bristol - West Country hub
Bristol has a history every bit as long and illustrious as Porto. It is now a centre for the aerospace industry (Airbus) and home to many IT companies. However, its history is still evident when walking around the city (see slideshow below). There are excellent markets and historic sites. St Mary Redcliffe was described by Elizabeth I (1533-1603) as "The fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England." It is very much worth a visit.
Unfortunately, much of the old part of Bristol was destroyed during WWII, but there is still much that remains of interest. The Llandoger Trow pub dates from 1664 and Christmas Steps dates from 1669. The old port of Bristol was converted into a cultural space housing restaurants, educational resources (@Bristol) and a centre for cinema, as well as much else. Bristol is also home to Aardman Animations, makers of ‘Wallace and Gromit’.
The construction of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway (know, when built in 1833, as ‘God’s Wonderful Railway) linked Bristol to London and all towns in between. Brunel also designed the famous suspension bridge over Clifton Gorge, but died before it was finished. His SS Great Britain, the largest ship in the world when launched (1843), is still moored in Bristol and is now a worthy visitor attraction.
A selection of links with information on Bristol follows:
A recent article in "The Guardian" newspaper emphasises how much Bristol is progressing in the forefront of technology as a city.
In short, there is much to see and experience in Bristol, not the least of which is the Bristol accent/dialect. See the You Tube clip here.
For further information, see the Wikipedia page at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol
For tourism, please see visitbristol.co.uk
For a fascinating history of Bristol in interactive maps,
please visit: bristol.gov.uk/page/planning-and-building-regulations/know-your-place
A wonderful site, full of information on Old Bristol, may be found here.
Bristol recently celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. A link to the BBC website story is here.
More information and a selection of pictures and a video are at the Bristol Post website here.
Bristol's hi-tech initiatives have featured in the presitigious magazine/website "Wired". See the article here.
A large part of Bristol and the nearby city of Bath was destroyed during the Second World War 'blitz'. An interesting clip (59min) released by the British Film Institute of the devasation caused may be seen here.
A charity initiative starring Aardman Animation's "Shaun the Sheep" is currently very popular in Bristol. See details here.
That venerable journal, "The New York Times" recently published a travel article on Bristol. Read here.
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Now see the slideshow of Bristol photos (autoplay):