UK Travel Guide



Bristol in Avon

Bristol is an economically diverse and prosperous city. From it long history as a maritime inland port to its more recent involvement in the aerospace, computer and communication industries, Bristol has much to offer.
A distinctive landmark of the hilly Bristol is the spire of St. Mary Redcliffe, constructed in 1872. Important historical figures that are recalled inside the church include William Penn, father of the founder of Pennsylvania and Handel, who composed on the organ there. Other places to check out include the Cathedral, Elder Lady Chapel, Eastern Lady Chapel and St. Stephen’s church, which have ornate examples of heraldic glass and stone carvings.
As tribute to the great maritime history of Bristol, once the second city in shipbuilding in England only to London, the SS Great Britain, the first propeller-driven ocean-going iron ship, and Matthew, the ship in which John Cabot voyaged to America in 1497, are on display next to the Maritime Heritage Centre.
Side trips from Bristol include Clevedon, the nearest of the coastal resorts on Bristol Channel and Berkeley Castle.