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Old July 24th, 2009, 09:55 PM   #1
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A Day In Beautiful....BRISTOL! The UK's Hidden Gem

I recently visited Bristol, England's sixth biggest city for the first time.

It has a rich maritime past which has blessed it with lots of grand old buildings, sadly many were lost during the war and following years. However, in recent years there has been a vast amount of regeneration in the city, with bars, clubs, new shopping areas springing up together with general cityscape improvement schemes.

The city has a developed somewhat of a reputation for being arty and creative - a little bit 'different' - with the likes of graffiti artist Banksy being one of it's more famous sons.

I found it to be a vibrant, buzzing city - with a surprisingly big city centre which more than punches above its weight when compared with some of the UK's larger cities. From the main shopping district and old town, up to the exclusive heights of Clifton there was no end of things to see and do

I day really wasn’t enough but i think i got to see a good part of the city – i’ve crammed lots of pics into this thread – so you may want to get a cup of tea while they load....anyway enjoy (and comment )...


We arrived in the main shopping district of the city, where there are a few large shopping centres/streets, Broadmead being one them..





The River Avon flows through the city and really makes it mark with the Avon gorge (seen later). I believe a large mixed use scheme is being built here with the facades being retained...








A derelict building...another site due for regeneration soon


Moving into the Old City with it's winding streets, smaller stores and markets..




















St Nicholas Market...selling the usual mix of trinkets, 'trendy' clothing and food.....a very attractive couple of streets


































The Guildhall (i think)






Now..a waterfront area with fountains, bars etc...




This tall building here looks like a reclad - they've done a very good job, good quality.












Bristol Cathedral..














I big reflective ball in Millennium Square, part of a Science museum i think..


the very grand Queen Square, restored to all it's glory..




I saw quite a few buildings of a similar style to this...i later found out it's a style unique to Bristol, known as 'Bristol Byzantine' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol_Byzantine)








St Peters church - just a hollow shell after being bombed during the war..




The graceful view up Park Street towards the university tower..
















The view from Brandon Park...




The park has this pretty little building – Cabot Tower – sat at the top of the hill...




Another building in the Bristol Byzantine style..








The very impressive Queen’s Road...reminds me of Paris..












Moving on up to Clifton, the most affluent part of the city with some truly beautiful grand old architecture...






























The elegant Clifton Suspension bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel,














A shot of the observation tower in the neighbouring park...



And some final shots from the bridge as the sun was setting...


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Old July 24th, 2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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Super shots! You've really captured our city fantastically and opened people's eyes to it. As the name suggests - it is a hidden city! You must have a very good camera. And you had quite nice weather too - you ust have picked a good day.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 01:21 AM   #3
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If you enjoy walking around cities, Bristol's a great one, and you certainly covered a lot of ground in one day. Thanks for the nice bold shots and reminding me of home.

If you go again, I recommend exploring the harbourside more intimately, from Redcliffe to Hotwells (where you can grab a pint of Bristol beer on The Grain ship).
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Old July 25th, 2009, 02:38 AM   #4
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The colors are fantastic, what a beautiful city.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 03:11 AM   #5
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Nice city!
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Old July 25th, 2009, 05:32 AM   #6
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Truly beautiful. It looks like a little London.

Where is this beautiful fountain? It's nicer than any I'm aware of in any English city. It looks like something one might find in France or Italy.

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Old July 25th, 2009, 11:13 AM   #7
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Amazing shots of Bristol; thanks for those
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Great set of what looks like a very nice city which I knew nothing about. Very different than the brick architecture English cities are known for.
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Old July 25th, 2009, 11:31 AM   #9
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That was a great tour. Thanks.
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Truly beautiful. It looks like a little London.

Where is this beautiful fountain? It's nicer than any I'm aware of in any English city. It looks like something one might find in France or Italy.

http://img174.imageshack.us/img174/26/bristol077a.jpg
Yes, it's certainly a very impressive fountain. Apparently this building is the University of Bristol's Music Department . Bristol Uni seems to have a very impressive collection of buildings.
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Yes, it's certainly a very impressive fountain. Apparently this building is the University of Bristol's Music Department . Bristol Uni seems to have a very impressive collection of buildings.
Is it in the city centre, like Trafalgar Sq., or in the outskirts?
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wonderful photos. You have captured a great tonal range here, which is often hard in urban shots like this. Often when shooting in narrow streets the sky get's blown out because it is so bright in comparison, but you have managed to retain the depth in the sky as well. Excellent.

Bristol also looks like a fabulous city.
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Great tour NBTD Like the fact you made your way down Broad street (The Grand hotel, Edward Everad buildings etc.) too part from two eyesores it's a great little street. I also always find walking around Clifton fills me with delight and envy in equal measure all these nice houses and flats I can't afford!

Surprised you liked the recladed tall building. I'm not so keen but I guess it's a good thing that people don't think the same
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Looks very nice indeed.
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Is it in the city centre, like Trafalgar Sq., or in the outskirts?
Well, i would say it's on the edge of the city centre, it's not in a very central location (in the way that Trafalgar Square is) but it still felt like it was in the central area of the city.

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Surprised you liked the recladed tall building. I'm not so keen but I guess it's a good thing that people don't think the same
It had the approval of everyone i was with They complimented the colours
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British cities look ueber cool!
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It had the approval of everyone i was with They complimented the colours
Ah I see.

Oh did you take any pics of Wells etc. or was it too rainy?
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Oh did you take any pics of Wells etc. or was it too rainy?
Couldn't take any pics in Wells or Glasto - it was rainy and dull so i wasn't in the mood.

I did take some pics in Cheddar though...

The largest gorge in the UK, and birth place of the worlds most eaten cheese.....no it's not some smelly old French cheese...it's good old Cheddar









It's hard to tell, but those little white specks about half way up are wild goats..




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