Bristol downtown as seen from Brandon Hill park

Historic Bristol – major landmark in South West England

Bristol, South West England, UK

Bristol is a major modern city in England. It is located in the South West where the river Avon enters Severn Estuary. Due to its geographic location, Bristol was an important port, trading in many goods, as well as a shipbuilding and industrial manufacturing center. Clifton suspension bridge was built in 1864 and is a marvelous example of industrial engineering that to this day provides an important link across the river.

Clifton bridge spanning the gorge
Clifton suspension bridge
Architectural elements of cathedral ceiling
Ceiling structure of Bristol Cathedral

One of the best places to see and photograph the bridge is Clifton Observatory park. Another park – Brandon Hill park, is closer to the city center and has another attraction directly related to the maritime history of Bristol – Cabot Tower. This memorial was dedicated to John Cabot – an explorer who sailed out of Bristol over 400 years ago and made important discoveries in what is now Canada. Those interested in marine industrial history must visit Great Western Dockyard, where they can see the ship Great Britain and a sailing vessel Matthew.  Bristol Cathedral – is very old, built in 1140, and is an excellent example of Gothic architecture, as is the Wills Memorial building which is part of the University of Bristol.

The top of this tower is octagonal and houses one of the largest bells in England. The downtown core is quite compact, and many attractions are within walking distance. River Avon winds through the city center and it is a pleasure to walk along its banks in the evening and see the reflections of the street lights. Some of the most historic pubs are on King street. Llandoger Trow dates back to 1664 when it is alleged that Daniel Defoe met Alexander Selkirk – a prototype for his famous Robinson Crusoe novel. It is believed that Robert Louis Stevenson visited this place. The Old Duke public house is across the street and is very popular with music lovers.

Coat of Arms photo
Coat of Arms detail, Bristol Cathedral
Bell tower of Wills Memorial
Wills Memorial Building


Bristol downtown as seen from Brandon Hill park
View of the city center from Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower dedicated to John Cabot
Cabot Tower in Bristol
Cabot Tower dedicated to John Cabot
Cabot Tower open to public
Ram Mohan statue in front of Bristol Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral and a statue of Indian reformer Ram Mohan
Clifton bridge spanning the gorge
Clifton bridge – engineering marvel
Closer look at stone architecture and iron chains
Stone Tower and wrought iron chains
Clifton Bridge still in use today
Beautiful lines of the suspension bridge
Old houses in Bristol
Streets of Bristol architecture
Bristol city center and the river at night
River Avon reflections at dusk
famous pub Llandoger Trow
Llandoger Trow historic public house
Llnadoger Trow at night
King street at night, Llandoger Trow
busy night at the Old Duke pub
The Old Duke pub patrons
River Avon at dusk, Bristol
Image of river Avon at dusk, Bristol center
Fomer windmill building, now observatory
Clifton Observatory circa 1766
Fomer windmill building, now observatory
Clifton Observatory
Towers and entrance to the cathedral, free image
Bristol Cathedral Facade

   17.10.2023  by FPImages


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