Bristol, located in South West England, has a history dating back to the 11th century. Therefore, you’ll find it easy to locate historical places in the city and its surrounding area.

Bristol Cathedral

This historical Cathedral is an interesting combination of European and British Architecture. Also, with the nave, aisles, and choir the same height, it is an excellent example of a “Hall Church.” Bus 8 and 9 will take you right to the Cathedral.

St Mary Redcliffe

At St. Mary Redcliffe look for a great collection of beautiful stained glass, carved bosses, 18th-century ironwork. It also has a world-famous organ. Located on the red cliffs above the harbor, many sailors visited Our Lady of Redcliffe.

M Shed

On Bristol’s wharf, this 1950s transit shed was converted into a historical museum. With this makeover, M Shed tells the story of Bristol, with exhibits that include working steamboats, cranes, and trains. This makes it a great interactive museum or the whole family. Located on the harbourside, it is a 5 to 10-minute walk from the centre of town.

SS Great Britain

Come on board the SS Great Britain, the world’s first ocean liner. It has sailed 32 times around the world and exploring her is fun for the whole family. Be sure to visit the dining saloon, the doctor’s quarters, and the galley. Also, listen to the sounds and catch a whiff of the smells as you see what it was like to live on board. The ship is about a 20-minute walk from city centre.

John Cabot and The Matthew

John Cabot left Bristol in 1497 with orders from Henry VII to locate a trade route to Asia. Instead, Cabot landed on Newfoundland, making him the first European to step foot on North America. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the voyage, a replica of his ship, The Matthew, was built to travel the same route. Located right next to M Shed.

Red Lodge

Find here a walled garden and a recreated Elizabethan-style knot garden. During your visit, learn the history of the house as you tour its two floors and seven rooms. You can find several bus routes from Clifton Triangle that travel up Park Street.

Thornbury Castle

Now a hotel with spectacular accommodations, Thornbury Castle was originally built as the home of the Duke of Buckingham, Edward Stafford. Unfortunately for the Duke, Henry VIII confiscated it in 1521 after accusing Edward of treason. With an excellent restaurant, be sure to stop by for an indulgent afternoon tea. Easily accessible from the M4 and M5, the Castle can also be reached by train from Paddington Station. Alternatively you can hire a taxi from Bristol City centre which will cost around £20.00.