Bristol is a city and a ceremonial county in south west England. The city is built around the river Avon and has a short coastline on the Severn estuary which flows into the Bristol channel.
Cabot tower is in the public park on Brandon hill, close to the city centre. The tower consists of two spiral staircases and viewing platforms which overlook the city. It is built in memory of John Cabot who sailed from Bristol and landed in what we know today as Canada.
The Clifton suspension bridge spans the Avon Gorge linking Clifton to Leigh Woods in north Somerset. It was designed by IK Brunel and was his first major commission. It is the main landmark of Bristol and used on many postcards.
Bristol harbour has existed since the 13th century. The harbour festival is held in the summer each year with displays of tall ships, lifeboats and Royal naval vessels. The SS Great Britain, a passenger steamship designed by Brunel for service between Britain and New York, is now in the dry dock where she was first built. The vessel is an attraction and a museum in the harbour.
Blaise castle is set in beautiful parkland. The museum is situated here in the 18th century house. The museum contains exhibits of everyday life from centuries past.
Cribbs causeway is a large out-of-town shopping centre which stands on the route of the former Roman road from central Bristol. It gets its name from Tob Cribb, a famous bare-knuckle boxer, who came from Bristol.
Ashton Court is a mansion house owned by the city of Bristol. The estate is the venue for the Bristol international balloon festival which is held annually in August. Teams from all over the world bring hot air balloons and participate in a mass launch, which has as many as 100 balloons being launched at the same time.
Bristol zoo is in the city and is known for breeding the first black rhino in Britain.