Overlooking Bristol at night.

Wedding Location: Bristol

We are getting married in Bristol, Rachel's hometown, which is situated in the South West of England. Bristol is a large city, the eighth biggest (population wise) in the UK, and sixth biggest in England. With a history dating back to the 11th century, Bristol has a wealth of fascinating attractions and exciting things to see and do and we'll be happy to advise you on any outings you wish to make. On these pages we've given details of some of the most popular and famous attractions to wet your appetite.

(Speaking of wet, please note that weather here is unpredictable at the best of times and there are no guarantees of hot, sunny weather despite the fact it will be late June when you're visiting. Please bear this in mind when packing for your trip. Luckily there is lots to do no matter what the weather is outside!)

For sightseeing around Bristol, we recommend using the double-decker Bristol Sightseeing Tour Bus. There are 20 stops around the City and you have the option of having a complete tour for 75 minutes or hopping on and off the bus as you wish so you can explore the sights for yourselves. The first tour bus departs at 9am and the last at 5pm, with buses every 45 minutes in between. Discount tickets for attractions like the Zoo, the Empire and Commonwealth Museum and At-Bristol are available from the driver. You can either buy a one-day ticket for £9 or a three-day pass for £14.

Some of the most popular historic sites you may wish to visit are...

CABOT TOWER

The Cabot Tower was built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot's voyage from Bristol on the Matthew in 1497. It was on this voyage that he discovered what is now known as Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. You'll find Cabot Tower in Brandon Hill, a large public park just a short walk (or even shorter bus ride!) from Bristol City Centre. There is free admission to the tower and it's open daily from 8am to 7pm. We should warn you though - it is 105 feet tall, but don't let that put you off trekking up the stairs to the top - the panoramic views over Bristol are spectacular. A unique feature of the tower is that on the ledges at the top, engraved into the stone, are arrows pointing to various locations worldwide and the distance to them from that point. It's a great photo opportunity and one of Bristol's most famous landmarks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabot_Tower_(Bristol)

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Designed by Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Clifton Suspension Bridge has essentially become the "symbol of Bristol". It is located on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge and stands at an impressive 245 feet tall. It is free for pedestrians who come here in their thousands every year for the magnificent views. Clifton is a wonderful area to visit - it's one of the city's oldest and most affluent areas, with several boutique shops, restaurants and bars, and is easily reached by bus from the city centre. You can see the bridge from Durdham Downs, a 400 acre grassy open space that borders Clifton. "The Downs", as it's more commonly known, is popular in the summer with families who play sports, fly kites and have picnics in the sun. The bridge is open all year round.

http://www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk

SS GREAT BRITAIN & JOHN CABOT'S MATTHEW

Now an award-winning museum, Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Britain was built and launched in 1843 - the largest vessel afloat at this time and the first ocean-going, propeller driven iron ship. It is moored alongside a replica of John Cabot's Matthew, the ship John Cabot was sailing in when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. Both are open to the public from 10am to 5pm and if you buy a ticket for the SS Great Britain (£10.50 for adults) you will get free entry to the Matthew. Please note however that on 23 June the Matthew will be departing Bristol and heading to France for the Brest International Festival so if you want to visit the ship you will have to do so before the big day!

http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/
http://www.matthew.co.uk

ST MARY REDCLIFFE CHURCH

Described by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1574 as "the goodliest, fairest and most famous parish church in England", the Grade 1 listed St Mary Redcliffe Church is the tallest building in Bristol and was founded in the 12th century. Christians have worshipped at this site for almost 900 years. The Church has a rich history and is adorned with numerous monuments to famous individuals, and the gorgeous Gothic architecture will simply take your breath away! St Mary Redcliffe Church is open weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm and Sundays from 8am to 5:30pm.

http://www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk



For more information on Bristol we recommend Visit Bristol