Bristol is often described as a city in the countryside. It is literally blossoming with green spaces, with over 400 parks and gardens. You will never be far away from somewhere to take time out from the thrill of the city. The major parks include, Durdham Down, Blaise Castle, Ashton Court and Stoke Park, which contain a range of shrubs, trees, interesting plants and some endangered species. Bristol Flower School is situated in north Bristol closest to the 400-acre space of the Durdham Down. Durdham Down Park has avenues of massive horse-chestnut tress, flat swathes of grasses and scrubby hawthorns.
Bristol is a city based round the River Avon in the southwest of England with a prosperous maritime history. Its former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, the Harbourside, where the M-Shed museum explores local social and industrial heritage. The harbour’s 19th-century warehouses now contain restaurants, shops and cultural institutions such as the contemporary art gallery, The Arnolfini. On the River Avon sits several historically interesting boats, The Matthew is a replica of the caravel ship sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to North America and the spectacular museum boat, SS Great Britain former passenger steamship, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Brunel also designed the land-mark bridge, Clifton Suspension Bridge, which straddles the River Avon and Gorge connecting Clifton and Leigh Woods.
Bristol’s modern economy is built on creative media, electronics and aerospace industries. The city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture, made famous by several artists such as graffiti artist Banksy and the animated characters, Wallace and Gromit by Aardman.
It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road (the M5 and M4 connect to the city via the Portway or M32), rail (via Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway stations), and air (Bristol International Airport). There are plenty of hotels, B&B’s and rest stops in and around Bristol, you will be spoilt for choice. Bristol is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, with so much to do, you’ll see that it’s more than just balloons, boats and bridges!