Flights to Bristol
Located in the west of England the city of Bristol is the fourth most visited destination in England, and the eighth largest city in the UK in terms of population. Bristol is a vibrant city with a rich history, lots of architecture, culture and events to experience.
The Bristol Airport (airport code: BRS) is served by shuttles and public bus for access to and from the city. You can get 1-stop flights to Bristol from South Africa with either KLM or Air France. They make their connections in Amsterdam and Paris, respectively. Lufthansa goes another way, with a flight to Bristol through Munich and Brussels. Brussels Airlines also stops in Brussels, but its other connection is Frankfurt. Flights to Bristol range between 15 and 20 hours in length.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bristol:
Bristol may not be as well known as some of the UK’s other cities as a tourist destination but it does have a lot to offer as an alternative. Not only are there numerous things to see and do within Bristol itself but it makes a great base for visiting other parts of the West Country of England too. The city of Bath for example is within easy reach and accommodation in Bristol is usually far cheaper than its rival.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Bristol’s best known landmark has to be the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This famous bridge spans the Avon Gorge and links the Clifton neighbourhood of Bristol with Leigh Woods. It was opened in 1864 and was the creation of famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Today you can cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge by car or as a pedestrian, and although there is a toll it’s a very small amount.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Another of Brunel’s creations here in Bristol is the SS Great Britain. This ship was built in 1843 and was the world’s first iron hulled and steam powered passenger ship. It is now preserved in a dry dock.
Blue Reef Aquarium
One of Bristol’s newer attractions is the Blue Reef Aquarium. Located in the Harbourside area of the city centre this is a fun aquarium that includes the marine life and landscapes of the UK’s waters, to the Mediterranean and across the tropics. There’s also an IMAX cinema here plus the Harbourside area is home to several other attractions too.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Along a similar theme though a far older attraction, is the Bristol Zoo Gardens. This is Bristol’s zoo and it’s the fifth oldest zoo in the world so offers visitors a part of history a well as the animals and gardens.
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Situated within one of Bristol’s historic and imposing buildings is the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. As the museum is run by the city it’s free to enter, making this definitely a worthwhile visit. The museum includes a natural history section, local and national and international archaeology, and local history, as well as art from all different periods.
When Should You Visit?:
Bristol is actually one of the warmest cities in the UK so you can expect mild weather here. Rainfall is fairly average for the UK, though autumn and spring are the wetter seasons, making summer a better time to visit. In July and August the average high temperature is just under 23C and the average low around 14C though actual daily temperatures can be much higher.