We had 8 along for our city break in Bristol, staying at the harbourside Bristol YHA right in the centre of the city. The early arrivals jumped on the ferry boat outside (Gromit was the mascot on the bow) to glide along the floating harbour passing the converted wharves, yachts, SS Great Britain until the final stop at Nova Scotia. After drinks at this 18th century sailor's tavern we walked back via Spike Island for fish and chips at a harbourside inn.
On Saturday we did a circular walk through the Harbourside, Clifton Village and the Old City. Our first stop was the M Shed, a converted wharf now exhibition centre and rooftop gallery with views across the harbour. We then boarded the "Matthew", a replica of the ship taken by Cabot to discover Newfoundland. Rob W and Coogee stayed on board to converse with "Bob" the guide, catching the others at the Undefall Yard (more shipping exhibits). Jan (former resident) then led us through the charming streets of Clifton village where we stopped for lunch by the market square. Then uphill to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the last works of Brunel. We crossed the bridge for stunning views along the Avon Gorge. After a detour to Brandon Hill and views over the central city area, we stopped for tiffin in the Old City by the university and museum quarters. Rachael arranged a very unusual evening meal at the Za Za Banquet, an all-you-can-eat wonder with a smorgasbord of choice from tex mex, to sushi to mediterranean and lots more.
On Sunday some joined the Bansky and Street Art tour led by a fellow artist. We saw the major Banksy works and many others (some just finished the day before) plus learnt lots about the culture of this capital of street art. Later "Bob" emerged to give us a tour of the SS Great Britain, the revolutionary steam ship created by Brunel and now a permanent exhibit here. The train travellers also took in Brunel's original Temple Meads station before catching the new electric expresses back east.
Thanks to Nick, Coggee, Rob W, Jan, Rachael, Martina and Daniel for joining me.
Report by Brian
Start of walk at Cabot statue - Photo by Brian
On the Matthew - Photo by Brian
Gromit ferry - Photo by Brian
Clifton Suspension Bridge - Photo by Brian
View over Avon Gorge - Photo by Brian
Brunel exhibition - Photo by Brian
SS Great Britain - Photo by Brian
Banksy street art - Photo by Brian
Breakdancing religious art - Photo by Brian