Bristol General Hospital and Lightship, Birmingham
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Bristol is a city that has much to offer aside from its rich maritime history. Although many people believe that it has nothing interesting to lure tourists with, the truth is, it has its own charm and attractions that many people will want to check out for themselves. There are many inexpensive accommodations in this city, perfect for those who want to explore south England on a budget. Try exploring the city by boat and you’re sure to come across a number of interesting sights around the harbor.

For people traveling with their children, Bristol has a myriad of different attractions that can cater to the little ones. At Bristol, you and your children can explore the planetarium and the extensive collections of interactive displays about different inventions, the human body and even some unresolved scientific mysteries. There is also the Bristol Zoo Gardens, which is said to be 5th oldest zoo in the world. If you want to catch a glimpse of different underwater creatures from all over the world, then you should definitely head out to the Blue Reef Aquarium and IMAX 3D Cinema on Anchor Road. This amazing one of a kind aquarium will leave you and your kids speechless with its stunning display of underwater gardens.

If you want to get a chance to see how Bristol was like in the past, then you should head out to the old city where you’ll find old buildings and cobbled streets still existing to this day. St. Nicholas Markets boasts of having the best array of local and international fare that will leave even the most critical of tourists wanting more. After sampling cheap good food, make sure to visit Castle Park and St. Peters Church to see the ruins of Bristol past. Thirsting for a beer? Then visit the Llandoger Trow pub for a cold pint and imagine how this old bar was back in the day for Robert Louis Stevenson when he was writing his famed book Treasure Island.

The city has many special events scattered throughout the year, so if you happen to chance upon one during your visit, make sure to stay for a while and enjoy the festivities. Some notable festivals include the St. Paul’s carnival, the Bristol Open Doors Day, the Venn Festival, Bristol Balloon Fiesta and Mayfest.

So if you’re looking for a different kind of English holiday, choose Bristol as your next travel destination.

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