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Visiting Beautiful Historic Bristol

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The wonders of the rich historical architecture and the presence of beautiful scenery make Bristol one of the locations you should place at the top of your list of caravanning and camping destinations. Human history in the area goes back nearly 1,000 years to the great Norman invasion, but there are also numerous modern pleasures and sights to take in. Ideally, you would be able to spend at least a few days in the area, but Bristol is worth visiting even if you only have a single day to spend there. In addition to being a city of great historical significance, Bristol is a booming cultural centre as well. Lovers of film and literature will find much to do in the area, and the city is also proud to provide some of the finest shopping destinations in the South West.

Sacred Buildings

No visit to Bristol would be complete without a step back in time to one of the beautiful sacred buildings. A visit to Bristol Cathedral is a must for lovers of history, regardless of your religion. There has been a church standing on its site for over 1,000 years, it first truly came to prominence in 1140 when the Abbey of St Augustine was founded by Robert Fitzhardinge. Many of these remains are now located within Bristol Cathedral School, however the Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse can still be seen.
The Cathedral as it is today took on its form in 1542 after existing buildings on the site were demolished and rebuilt. The Cathedral is Britain's finest example of a ‘hall church’, meaning that the nave, choir and aisles are all of an equal height throughout. This design and building layout gives the Cathedral the appearance of a very long and ornate hll. Worship at the Cathedral is open to all, and there are regular events taking place there throughout the year.

Museums

For a different style of history and for interesting facts on Bristol, there are many museums and galleries ranging from the modern to the ancient. From the birthplace of vaccinations to the Fleet Air Arm museum, Bristol and the surrounding area have so much knowledge to offer us, and many of it for free! Perfect for those inevitable rainy days that leave you wondering what to do.

Bristol Zoo

If you are planning a visit to Bristol with your family, you will want to make time to experience the Bristol Zoo. The award-winning zoo contains over 400 species spread out over 12 gorgeous acres of parkland, the Bristol Zoo gardeners won a gold medal at the world famous Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last year in 2012, giving a good idea of just how spectacular the Zoo’s grounds are. The zoo takes between 2and 5 hours to see everything and is open from 9am to 5:30pm in peak season - from March 26 to October 31 - and it closes at 5pm during off-peak season.

Aquarium

Visiting Beautiful Historic BristolFor more interaction with the natural world, you can visit the Bristol Aquarium. It features a number of species including sharks and seahorses, plus it includes an amazing undersea tunnel that gives you a unique perspective on aquatic life. Admission is reasonably priced, so you can bring the entire family.

Botanic Garden

Another great way to experience nature is to visit the Botanic Garden. It is administered by the University of Bristol and it features 4,500 species on 1.77 hectares. The Garden also schedules a number of special events throughout the year.

Flagship Museum

After spending a bit of time in Bristol, some deeper history of city might appeal to you. You can satisfy your curiosity and learn about the city's history by visiting the M Shed – Bristol's flagship museum. It is located at the city's historic dockside and it is one of Bristol's most-loved attractions. In the 1950s, the building was used a transit shed, which is how the museum got its name. While there, you can learn about the city from prehistory to the present.

Cycling

Exercising while on your caravan adventure is not always easy, but Bristol is home to some outstanding walking and cycling routes. You can see much more when you experience the city this way, so be sure to bring your bikes and walking shoes. Bristol is very friendly to cyclists and walkers, so you will feel at home while visiting this historic and vibrant city.

Caravan Parks near Bristol:

Brook Lodge Farm – A wonderful country setting for your well deserved R&R. Perfect for families and couples alike, with walled gardens, two wonderful playgrounds for under and over 5’s, free wifi, walking maps and hot showers!
Set in 3.5 acres of countryside just off the A38, the farm welcomes groups or party bookings as well as the usual small families or single pitch. ‘The Paddock’ is a separate area away from the main campsite, however all 29 touring and tent pitches come with electrical hook up – the Glampers among us will breathe a sigh of relief!
Brook Lodge Farm camping, Cowslip Green, Wrington Bristol, BS40 5RB

Baltic Wharf Caravan Club Site – Just a few miles out of central Bristol on the waterside in the dockland, but don’t let that faze you! This Dockland has had a real facelift and is a rather beautiful modern area with the ‘M Shed Museum’ and the Brunel institute complete with his beautiful S.S. Great Britain. Nearby is Bristol’s Zoo and Downs Park where children can enjoy wildlife and nature, whilst you can enjoy an easy afternoon.
Boat trips and tours can be taken from the Caravan Park, or for a more grounded journey, the open-top bus tours are located just adjacent to the site entrance with a discount between March and October.
The site has rave reviews from those who have stayed there and it comes highly recommended.
Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6XG

Colliters Brook Farm – A combination of B&B and Campsite, they are the No1 B&B in the Southwest and have this mission statement for all of their guests: "To create the most user friendly local bed and breakfast, to cater for Airport travellers and Southwest visitors alike.  To promote our service levels beyond all others and leave all our guests satisfied, content and happy with our efforts.  To make each stay a great stay."
There are four paddocks for camping of around an acre each, with hot showers and toilet block centrally heated during the colder months. The B&B rooms are between £45 and £55 per night, whilst the use of apartments or the Dutch barn begins at £40-£60 per room. Extra double futons are at a supplement. All rooms are modern, warm and with beautiful bathrooms.

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