A few weeks ago, the kids went camping so I decided this would be the perfect time to go away for the weekend as well. I had to be back in Aldershot on Saturday evening because of a birthday party so couldn’t go too far. After looking at my list of places that I wanted to visit in the UK, I decided to go to Bristol.
On Friday, as soon as my host mum got home from work, I started driving. My hostel was in Cheddar, which is about thirty minutes away from Bristol. I didn’t actually see much of that town except for a stunning sunset over the sea.
My day in Bristol
Saturday morning, after breakfast, I drove to the park and drive and took the bus into the city. First stop: the St Mary Redcliffe church. For some reason, I hardly found anything about this church on online itineraries. This stunning building dates back from the 13th century and was famously described by Queen Elizabeth I as “the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England.”
After spending a few hours in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, I walked up the famous Christmas Steps. No one really knows where the name of these historic four flights of steps dating back to the 1600s came from. It’s a small street with really old buildings and independent shops. None of them has anything to do with Christmas, though.
From the Christmas steps, it’s only a short walk to Brandon Hill and the Cabot Tower.
Brandon Hill is a lovely park with a lot of places to sit down and just enjoy the view over the city. This is where I sat down and had my lunch. Want an even better view? Climb up the 109 steep steps of the Cabot Tower.
After lunch, I slowly made my way back through the town to the train station, where I got on the bus back to the park and ride. There’s so much more to see in Bristol, and I was sad to leave after only a few hours. I will definitely be back to see all the coloured houses, the Georgian house and the Bristol Cathedral.
Have you ever been to Bristol? What was your favourite part of the city?