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Planning a short break to Bristol? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Bristol. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Bristol. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Clifton Observatory and Caves

Located close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the observatory has a fascinating camera obscura, that is a curved mirror that rotates to reflect outside views on to a screen.

The adjacent caves are accessible through a small passage that takes one to the Giants Cave for a great view over the gorge. They are two separate attractions and the admission is 1.50 pounds each.

SS Great Britain

Go to the harbourside to visit this popular ship. Built by Brunel as the largest ship steam powered and made of iron, and built for luxury cruising. The Great Britain has been lovingly restored and is well worth viewing.The entry ticket includes The Maritime Heritage Centre and The Matthew which is a replica of a 15th century ship.

For opening times and more info; www.ss-great-britain.com

At-Bristol

as in many of the worlds harbours the waterfront has been transformed and has renewed Bristol's cultural life. The attractions here include an IMAX cinema, Explore - a hands-on science centre, Wildwalk centre and of course there are a number of cafes, restaurants and bars.

The area is a pleasure to walk around and the following website will fill you in on the things to do; www.at-bristol.org.uk

Glass Boat

For a unique treat pop down to the harbour and step on board this floating restaurant.The boat was built 80 years ago to haul wood, and is now the ideal venue for that romantic tryst or you could even take your husband/wife. Seriously the food here is second to none(with prices to match).

For a sophisticated and memorable evening go to their web site to book; www.glassboat.co.uk

St. Nicholas Market

This excellent market has been taking place in the city centre for the past 250 years and has 3 distinct elements being the Exchange Hall, Glass Arcade and Covered Market.Basically fresh produce mixes with old books, antique clothing and there is even a psychic. Cafes, snack bars and pubs lend more atmosphere.

There is a web site; www.stnicholasmarkets.com

Hare on the Hill

You can find this great pub in St Thomas Street N(off Dove Street). If you like your ale real then look no further as there are at least 5 guest ales to sample(You might have to go on half pints to do them justice). Traditional pub games such as darts, cribbage and shove ha'penny. Not a fruit machine or alcopop in sight so relax and meet folk here. Great pub grub as well, what more could you want!

The Avon Gorge

Situated high on the gorge in Sion Hill in the suburb of Clifton. This is a rarity these days for being a top class hotel that is still independent. A great view over the gorge, luxurious accomadation and a first class restaurant make for the perfect break. The friendly staff will immediately put you at ease and a few days here will seem like a fortnight.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Linking both sides of the Avon Gorge, the bridge's design was a wonder in it's day. Brunel was responsible in 1864, and he and the bridge have a very interesting history that the visitor can discover at the nearby Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre. Walk across to gaze way down the gorge or see it lit up in splendour at night.One of the must do's in the area.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

To see the balloons take off go to Ashton Square or anywhere in the town to witness this spectacular display of colour. It is held for 4 days in August and one of the largest outdoor events in the country. Started in 1979 by a small group of enthusiasts, it now attracts half a million visitors. A village is set up in the large park and there is plenty to do.

For dates etc; www.bristolfiesta.co.uk

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

Queens Road in Clifton is where you will find this popular museum. Visitors won't get bored as there are over 4 million items on display here ranging from fine art, natural and human history, marine life, a freshwater aquarium, archaeology and Oriental art

An interesting display of stuffed animals delights children.

Entrance is free

web site is; www.bristolcity.gov.uk/museums

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The SS Great Britain - Tourist Attraction

The SS Great Britain. Built by Ezimbard Kingdom Brunel.Step back in time on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain – the world’s first great ocean liner. Launched in 1843 to provide luxury travel to New York, the ship set new standards in engineering, reliability and speed. She was the world's first large iron ship and the first to be driven by a screw propeller.

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