Bristol is situated on a succession of lumpy hills just inland from the mouth of the Avon. The city grew rich on transatlantic trade - slaving, in particular to become England's second city in the early part of nineteenth century. It's slipped down the table since and the docks have all but gone but the city remains a wealthy, commercial centre, home to tobacco and aviation industries, a major university and much of the West Country's cultural life.
Cabot Tower, located at Brandon Hill one can cast an eye over much of the city. Admission to Cabot Tower is free and one will need to climb the narrow spiral stairs to reach the top of the tower.
The tower was built in 1897 in memory of John Cabot, 400 years after he set sail from Bristol and landed in what was later known as Canada
Clifton Suspension Bridge is a glorious creration by the indefatigable engineer and railway builder, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, spanning the limestone abyss of the Avon Gorge. The bridge is a nice place to jog too. I remember I always jog pass the bridge once a week and enjoy the spectacular scenery
On a low ridge above the bridge is the Observatory (entrance fee of 1 pound in 1999), another Victorian job, in whose dome is a camera obscura, encompassing views of the gorge and bridge. (The Observatory is at the background, top left)
Bristol Industrial Museum featuring preserved dock machinery. The museum was closed in 2006 and rebuilt with a new "Museum of Bristol", schedule to be ready by 2011
Broadmead Shopping Centre, probably the best place for shopping in Bristol. It is the biggest shopping complex in Bristol and mainly pedestrianised.
Police on horseback riding at Clifton. This was a rare sight and I manage to capture the moment
Other places of interest around Bristol are St. Mary Redcliffe (described by Queen Elizabeth I as the "godliest", fairest, and most parish church in England), Maritime Heritage Centre, SS Great Britain, Bristol Cathedral and Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery.
Bristol is also famous for its apple cider. The best can be found at Coronation Tap around Clifton area.
The city will always be my second home. I left the city in 2000 and never had a chance to visit this wonderful city again.