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Places to stay in Bristol
Bristol is one of the most the UK's most important historical cities, combining a rich cultural heritage with the cutting-edge features brought about by massive urban regeneration.
The city of Bristol grew up around the River Avon, soon establishing itself as a world-renowned centre for ship-building expertise and extraordinary engineering feats. As with many areas so closely tied to industry, the city went through a big transformation in the latter part of the 20th century, but much has been invested in modernising areas around the docks while still preserving the unique historical aspects. Bristol is also surrounded by beautiful countryside and many iconic landmarks are nearby.
If you're planning a city break to Bristol, or just passing through the city on a tour of the South West, YHA centres are the ideal place to set up base in this wonderful destination, whether you're exploring the many historical monuments or soaking up the modern city.
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Five Free Things To Do in Bristol
Britain's greatest ever engineer, the work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is evident across Bristol, from the Great Western Railway which brings you into the city, to the SS Great Britain in the docks and the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Audio tours are available for free download.
The work of Bristol-based Banksy long ago crossed the line between graffiti and art, and the mystery artist's murals are celebrated all over Bristol. Some of it is hidden away, making discovering it even more exciting.
The Oldbury Court estate and the adjoining Snuff Mills walk feature children's play areas, vast open spaces, riverside walks and woodlands in the heart of the city.
This exciting project combines 12 classic stories of the city with your smartphone, allowing you to explore the harbour and get a sense of its history.
The M Shed is a cutting-edge new museum which explores the full history of living in Bristol with rich and interactive exhibits that are great for kids.