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A Historic City With a Scientific Mind

Bristol School trips will find a city that is a real enigma, from the harbour to the science parks, Bristol is packed with incredible history and continues to be a hugely innovative location to live, work and study.
Over the years Bristol has been instrumental in the invention of some fantastic products and iconic brands including mobile phones, super computers, chocolate bars and Ribena. The city has been instrumental in pioneering many breakthroughs in nature documentaries, while former Chancellor of Bristol university was the first British woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for science.
It is also a major destination for TV shows with many of the BBC’s biggest shows having been partially filmed or edited her here including Only Fools & Horses, Casualty, Dr Who and Planet Earth.

Bristol Hotel Options

Homestay Hostel

Homestay Hostel

Includes: Fully Equipped Kitchens, Free WiFi, Lounge, Luggage Storage, Laundry Facilities, TV, Lockers, PlayStation 3, Blu-Ray Player

Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton

Includes: Gym, Free WiFi, TVs, 24hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Meeting Rooms

Clifton Down Hotel

Clifton Down Hotel

Includes: WiFi, Restaurant, Cafe, Private Walled Garden, 24hr Reception, Luggage Storage, Laundry

Excursions & Tours in Bristol

A City of Art, Nature and Technology

This is a truly fascinating city that spans so many subjects. Guerrilla street artist Banksy learnt his craft in Bristol while controversial artist Damien Hurst also grew up here. Other artistic minds were either raised or sculpted in the city such as author JK Rowling, Hollywood legend Cary Grant and Oscar winner Nick Park, Bristol school trips can still tour Aardman Animation’s studios, home of Wallace & Gromit. Bristol has also been critical in a number of major scientific breakthroughs and we haven’t even mentioned engineering yet!

Bristol also has a darker history, heavily bombed during World War II much of the rubble was removed and transported to New York and used there to build up parts of the city. Bristol was also a major player in Britain’s slave trade from the 1600s to the 1800s. It was also the birthplace of many pirates including the infamous Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, his home and one of his early hiding places can still be visited within the city’s harbour.

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Bristol Facts - Did you know...

  • Bristol has funny bones. No seriously, Russell Howard, Bill Bailey, Mark Watson, Stephen Merchant, Lee Evans and Ian Holloway are all from Bristol.
  • Wallace and Gromit are brought to life at Bristol’s Aardman Animations
  • The first chocolate bar was created in Bristol by Fry’s Chocolate
  • John Cabot sailed from Bristol in 1497 to help discover America
  • The Bristol Old Vic is the second oldest theatre in the UK and opened in 1766
  • Approximately 25% of the world’s nature documentaries and produced in Bristol
  • Bristol University’s drama dept has some fine alumni including Simon Pegg, Miranda Hart, David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Emily Watson
  • Moon Dust collected by Neil Armstrong was sent to the University of Bristol to be checked for signs of life

Places to go, people to meet...

Great Bristol Locations

  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
  • Mshed
  • Georgian House Museum
  • Red Lodge Museum
  • Aardman Animation Studios
  • SS Great Britain
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Bristol Zoo
  • Blaise Hamlet
  • Arnolfini
  • Blaise Castle
  • Bristol Old Vic

Famous Bristol Residents

  • Stephen Merchant
  • Russell Howard
  • Banksy
  • Damien Hurst
  • JK Rowling
  • Judd Trump
  • Masie Williams
  • James May
  • Tony Benn
  • Cary Grant
  • Carol Voderman
  • Edward Teach (Blackbeard)
  • Edith Claypole
  • Nick Park
  • WG Grace
  • Dorothy Hodgkin
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