The Guerrilla Galleries houses contemporary and youthful paintings made by artists in the country. There are specimens of graffiti art too that are interesting and eye-catching. It also showcases street art that is fast becoming a trend in Bristol. It is one of the most popular places for acquiring modern art today. Each exhibit is carefully selected by the gallery staff. They are also happy to assist you in your selection, and are very friendly and approachable. Be sure to visit here and grab a few specimens of creativity.
Spanning the Avon Gorge, arching above the waters of the mighty river, the Clifton Suspension Bridge has come to be a spectacular symbol of the city. Designed by John Hawkshaw and William Henry Barlow and completed in 1864, this bridge is set against a backdrop of splendid cliffs, making it a picture-perfect icon of both romanticism and engineering finesse. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a marvelous feat of engineering indeed, with its structural and strategic layout, as well as the grandiose design of the towers that uphold it. This magnificent bridge not only affords views of the gorge, but also way across Clifton. Nearby, the Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre extensively chronicles the bridge's history and struggles. Open through the day, the bridge is especially striking when it is set alight against the ink-black sky at night.
Bristol is unique among cities in the UK in owning this civic chapel, which has been used as the Corporation's official place of worship since 1722. It was originally the chapel of the hospital of the Gaunts and was known as St Mark's Church. It was founded in 1220 and was granted by King Henry VIII to the Corporation in 1541 (as part of the infamous Dissolution of the Monasteries) for the sum of GBP1000. No other hospital buildings remain. It's particularly noted for its fine, 16th-century stained-glass windows and an intricately fan-vaulted roof, as well as for a wealth of monuments that chronicle the city's history. But best of all, it's a wonderfully peaceful oasis amidst the bustle and hurry of the city center just outside. Its a place to sit quietly and soak up the atmosphere.
Installed as the abbey church of St Augustine in 1140, the Bristol Cathedral was one of the cornerstones of the newly-formed Diocese of Bristol in 1542. With a peak length of 91.44 meters (300 feet), the cathedral's ornate twin towers elegantly soar over the hustle and bustle of Bristol's Park Street. The structure's architectural complexity is further enhanced by its splendid Gothic-Revival nave and an elaborately decorated rose window that sits atop the church's arched entrance. Its Norman chapter house is captivating, to say the least, and is widely touted as the finest surviving specimen of its kind today.
The Bristol Old Vic Theatre is the oldest working theater in the country (it opened in 1766) and remains the home of some of the best theater you're likely to see, ranging from contemporary shows, comedy, dance, experimental and good old classical productions. There are three areas - The Theatre Royal (for big shows and pantomime), The New Vic Studio (contemporary shows, dance routines etc.), and The Basement (small-scale theater). Whatever you're into, your taste is bound to be catered for in one of the three. There is a cafe for pre-theater meals, lunches and coffee and backstage tours can also be arranged - they start in the foyer every Friday and Saturday from noon (except Saturdays in July and August). Watch out for the legendary ghost!
Perched atop the verdant Brandon Hill, the Cabot Tower elegantly soars over the charming cityscape of Bristol. This 32-meter (105-feet) tall landmark was built between 1897 and 1898 to commemorate 400 years since explorer John Cabot's epic voyage to North America. A vision in sandstone and Bath stone elements, this Neo-Gothic tower features a number of interesting architectural aspects that elevate its beauty. From its flying buttresses and a unique staircase that twists its way to the top, to its intricately-designed spire, there is much to appreciate about this towering edifice. While three carved plaques adorn the tower's base in remembrance of various luminaries in history, the top of the tower opens up to two observation platforms that offer sweeping vistas of the city.
Bristol, once an industrial town driven by heavy manufacturing, is today a thriving cultural hub known for its alternative and quirky lifestyle centered around the Harbourside Area. Bristol's story is showcased in the M Shed museum in a former dockside transit shed and features an innovative events and exhibitions schedule. The Clifton Suspension Bridge soars above the Avon Gorge spanning the River Avon, connecting Bristol to North Somerset and is a magnificent landmark steeped in history along with the 19th-century SS Great Britain, a feat of maritime engineering which at the time of its launch was the world's longest passenger ship. A love affair with the arts scene is expressed along the city's streets from street art left by infamous artist Banksy to music venues and annual summer festivals.
Christ Church with St Ewen was constructed in the year 1791. This prominent local landmark underwent a major restoration work in 1973. Christ Church with St Ewen features an automaton clock and is a Grade II listed building. The Baroque style of architecture of the Christ Church is appealing.
The Sabai Pavilion is an event venue that showcases various cultural shows. Performances, however, is mainly focused on cabarets and revue.
Corn Street which is situated in between the City Center and Broadmeade is very popular due to not the ancient heritage buildings that surround it but due to the St. Nicholas Market which is Bristol's supposedly best kept secret. One must visit this street to know what the charm is all about.
The church of St Peter was a christian place of worship built in the 12th Century and is speculated to be Bristol's first. There have been a number of excavations on the site, of which the one in 1975 found a wall under the site of the present church. The structure was destroyed due to the bombing of the Bristol Blitz in 1940. It is declared as Grade II listed building and is seen as a monument of the civilian war dead. Currently the ruins of the church are surrounded and located in the Castle Park, an open public space and park.