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bristolBristol UK, located in the south of England on the banks of the River Avon, is one of the United Kingdom's most picturesque cities. As such, it's also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. For motorists, the city is accessible via the M4 (east/west) and M5 (north/south). Two railway stations serve the city, with high-speed connections to London and regular services to other destinations across the country. Meanwhile, Bristol Airport - located seven miles outside the city center - welcomes domestic and European flights. Bristol is home to a variety of accommodation options, including brand name hotels, bed and breakfast establishments, vacation apartments, guesthouses, and even campsites, with any budget catered for. Undeniably the most eye-catching of landmarks in the city has to be the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by the renowned Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the impressive structure spans the River Avon. Take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy some truly magnificent views. Brunel was also responsible for designing the SS Great Britain, once the longest steam ship in the world. Today the ship serves as a maritime museum, housing a treasure trove of gems. bristolThe Great Britain isn't the only ship you'll find in these parts. A replica of The Matthew - the ship used in the discovery of Newfoundland - can be found in Bristol's floating dock. What's more, the ship regularly sets sail offering visitors a chance for a nautical adventure. A stroll through Bristol's streets will offer up the opportunity to witness some fine architecture and historic buildings. Be sure to check out the Georgian House, St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, and the Victoria Rooms. Not had enough history? Try out of town visits to Blaise Castle, Tyntesfield, and the Avon Valley Railway. One of the best ways to see the city is to take a tour, a number of which are available. For something a little special, take a boat tour along the River Avon or climb aboard a hot air balloon and take a bird's-eye view of the region. bristolFamilies visiting Bristol will find a number of suitable attractions to enjoy. Bristol Zoo Gardens and its extensive collection of exhibits are particularly popular, as is the Wild Place Project and Bristol Aquarium. The At-Bristol Science Center offers a great place for children to learn while having fun. Visitors will find Bristol's streets to be home to an array of restaurants and eateries, bars and pubs. For an enjoyable night out, take in a show at two of the country's best theatres, the Bristol Hippodrome and the Old Vic. Alternatively, the city is home to a thriving live music scene, making it possible to see any number of great acts. Other popular attractions in and around the city include the M Shed museum, Wookey Hole Caves, and Berkeley Castle. Looking to enjoy a day out? Weston-super-Mare offers a traditional seaside destination while the Welsh capital of Cardiff can be found just across the Avon. Bristol proves to be a popular summertime destination, particular with families. That being said, the city offers suitable accommodation all year round.

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