Top heritage things to do in Bristol

  1. SS Great Britain

The largest ship in the world when launched in 1843, this impressive feat of engineering by Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a forerunner of all modern shipping. Exploring the ship is a real step back in time: the cabins have been painstakingly restored to recreate life on the world’s first great luxury liner. Don’t miss the ‘Go Aloft’ experience, where you can climb the rigging to the top of the ships masts!

 

  1. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge dates from 1864. Considered one of the world’s greatest bridges, renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel began building it when he was just 23 years old.

 

  1. The Matthew

Climb aboard this reconstruction of the 15th century ship sailed by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497. The reconstruction actually made the same journey itself in 1997 to commemorate that original voyage, so it’s definitely sea-worthy! Take a tour of Bristol Harbour and imagine you’re a 15th century explorer.

 

  1. M Shed

Situated in a 1950s transit shed, M Shed tells the story of Bristol from prehistoric times to the present day with a rich collection of objects, art and film footage. There are also working exhibits on the harbourside including steamboats, trains and cranes, plus the chance to add your own personal stories of Bristol through interactive displays.

 

  1. Underfall Yard

This historic working boatyard is home to a number of thriving businesses. It’s part of a trust whose aim is to preserve Bristol’s maritime heritage, and is fascinating to explore. A visitor centre and café opened in March 2016.

 

  1. The Georgian House Museum

Travel back 200 years to a recreated Georgian townhouse and experience life as it would have been in the 18th century. Explore 11 rooms that span the kitchens and servants quarters below stairs to the plush rooms above.

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