Bristol is the largest city in the South West of England, built around the River Avon, and though often overlooked as a tourist destination, is one of the most lively and animated cities in the South. Bristol is a huge cultural centre for visual arts, theatre, and music, and as a result it also has a great mix of bars, restaurants and shops. In the last few years the city’s really come into it’s own.
Bristol is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the UK. Like all of England, it rains throughout the year but summers are fairly dry and quite warm, reaching averages of about 20°C in the summer months. Bristol has proven itself to be committed to sustainability, ranking in the top three 2007 – 2009 (1st in 2008) for the Forum For The Future’s Sustainable Cities Index, and fourth in 2010.
The docks or floating harbour is one of the main attractions in Bristol, which houses Brunel’s ss Great Britain, the Museum of Bristol, and an Aquarium and IMAX Cinema. There are a number of bars and restaurants in this area. The main shopping areas are Broadmead and Cabot Circus and include high street and luxury stores. Other areas to explore are Clifton Village; Park St, Queens Rd and The Triangle in the West End; North St and East St in Bedminster; and Gloucester Rd and Cheltenham Rd in the North. Bristol also has a lot of markets selling goods and fresh food. The Bristol Farmers Market is on Corn St. on Wednesday mornings; local producers sell a spectrum of foods. Also on Corn St. is the Slow Food Market on the first Sunday of the month, which is the largest food market in Bristol.
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