I moved to Bristol over 15 years ago and fell in love with the city. This is why I decided to set up my Bristol hypnotherapy practice here.
Bristol was founded straddling the rivers Frome and Avon around the 11th Century. It has a well-known history of slavery, where slaves captured in Northern England and Wales were traded to Dublin via Bristol. It also has a strong maritime history and traded as far as France and Portugal a variety of goods including wool, fish, and grain amongst others.
It now boasts a population of nearly half a million and has proven to be a very popular destination for people to settle and work because of its strong economy and rich historical culture.
Bristol is the largest city in Southwest England (and the 8th largest city in the United Kingdom) and is one of the most interesting cities in the UK. This city has an eclectic combination of architectural styles and it’s one of the most culturally vibrant cities in England. Locals refer to Bristol as Brizzle or Brissle.
It is a bustling city with a large student population as there are two universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West Of England (otherwise known as UWE) which creates some friendly rivalry between the two.
A good place to start exploring the city is Castle Park which is located alongside the Bristol Shopping Quarter, otherwise known as Broadmead. Within Castle Park are the ruins of St. Peter’s Church and the ruins of Bristol castle. Busy streets and shops were bombed during the second world war.
In the old town there are plenty of interesting buildings of the architectural periods of the UK. In this neighbourhood, there’s also Queens Square a garden with the statue of William the third.
A short walk from Queens Square is the St. Mary Redcliffe church, which has been a place of Christian worship for over 900 years. Another prominent church is the Bristol Cathedral founded in the Norman era. It is the seat of the Diocese of Bristol.
Besides the cathedral on College Green are also the central library and the city hall, the seat of the local government.
Not far away from there is St George’s where many musical events are performed. This is not to be confused with the Georgian House Museum, a well preserved example of a typical 18th century townhouse.
The next place to go is the city’s major museum, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and a landmark of the University of Bristol, the Wills Memorial.
Further along the same street are the Royal West of England Academy of Art and the Victoria Rooms.
Possibly the city’s most famous landmark spanning the spectacular gorge, and the river Avon and a height of 75 meters is the Clifton Suspension bridge.
On top of the Clifton Hill and right at the bridge is a nice park and the Observatory with a Camera Obscura and an entrance to the cave.
In Clifton district is one of the most expensive streets in the city. Royal York Crescent which is reputed to be the longest Paris in Europe.
The best place to see the city from high up is the Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill. From there, there’s a nice view of the old town and harbour.
If you ever decide to visit, Bristol, make sure you take the time to look around and enjoy the rich cultural history it offers.