Home to cutting edge fine art and one of Britain’s most impressive bridges, Bristol has plenty to offer the day tripper.
10AM Start in suspension
Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is set on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge. For the perfect introduction to Bristol and its surrounding countryside, take a morning stroll along the bridge.
12PM All aboard for Brunel
Brunel’s influence is strong in Bristol, and going below decks on the SS Great Britain can offer a welcome respite if the weather isn’t so good. The world’s first great ocean liner offers all the sights, sounds – and smells – of Victorian life on the ocean wave.
2PM Art on the river bank
Situated in the heart of Bristol’s Harbourside area, the Arnolfini Gallery is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. Entrance to the galleries is free, plus there’s a vibrant café bar if you get a little peckish.
3PM Avast, me hearties!
Take a stroll round Bristol’s 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century maritime history with Pirate Pete and Bristol Pirate Walks. You’ll discover Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smugglers’ cave, visit Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn where the press gangs roamed, and find Blackbeard’s Lair in the medieval port.
5PM A pizza the action
Situated in a stunning listed building on Park Street, Jamie’s Italian offers up fantastic rustic, Italian dishes in a relaxed environment. With Jamie Oliver the man behind the enterprise, it’s no surprise to discover that the food is delicious, but it’s affordable too.
7pm A sweet way to unwind
Bristol has much to offer in the way of nightlife. Bar Humbug is a great place to stop off for a drink or two. It’s got a cool vibe, yet can also offer the homely comfort of a real log fire – the best of both worlds!
Bristol has a lot to offer, so be sure to check out the offers available to First Great Western passengers for events around the city.