Clifton Suspension Bridge
The Clifton Suspension Bridge is probably Bristol's most famous landmark. It spans the Avon gorge and has been the symbol of Bristol for more than 150 years. A competition was held in Bristol in 1829 for designs for a bridge that would make Bristol proud. The competition was won by 24-year-old engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The bridge took from 1831 until 1864 to complete. Brunel did not live long enough to see it through to completion, and it was completed as a memorial to him. Guided historical tours of the bridge are available. There is also an Interpretation Center located at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge. The center is home to photographs, drawings and plans of the design, construction and completion of the bridge.
Bristol Cathedral is built on the site of the 1140 Abbey of St. Augustine. The original Abbey Gatehouse and Chapterhouse remain. In 1539, the partially rebuilt nave was removed. In 1868, the nave was rebuilt to its Medieval design and the two towers at the West End were added. The Cathedral is open to the public throughout year from 8 a.m. until Evensong, and admission is free. There are also free open tours of the cathedral daily.
Ashton Court Estate is located just two miles from Bristol city center. The estate has been owned by Bristol Council since 1959 and is now a major public recreational area, surrounded by Somerset countryside. The 850 acres of woodland are free to explore (there is also free parking). You can enjoy woodland trails, a wildlife park, golf and a miniature railway. The estate is also home to the annual Balloon Fiesta and the Kite Festival. The Ashton Court mansions can be hired for weddings and other functions.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo houses more than 450 different species of wild animal, many of which are endangered. It's a great day out for all the family. You can encounter animals from beetles to elephants, or stroll through the award-winning gardens. You will also enjoy a unique area called the Twilight section, which is home to a range of nocturnal animals. You can enjoy feeding times, and children can compete against animal record-breakers in the Zoolympics. For younger children, there is a play area, covered picnic section and face painting.