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FYI, I don't think Adi and her boyfriend are coming anymore.
They are not coming cuz They are looking for a rent or something like that :/
You guys should stay in Toad Lodge. Not super cheap, but run by a very strange woman. An interesting and memorable experience (isn't that what people want when they visit a new place?!?)
I thought I would post something of potential interest, to celebrate my 1000th post. I guessed this would probably be at least potentially 'useful' if not 'interesting'.
Oh, one thing. I leave a heavy warning here, that I have not lived in Bristol for quite some time and although I did visit again to see some friends earlier this year a lot has changed.
If you guys have not already planned out exactly what you are doing, perhaps this list may give some ideas.
Things to see
I will start with one of the most recognisable sights of Bristol:
The Clifton Suspension Bridge (There is a more scenic view from here – normally an ice-cream van nearby [if you don't mind the rain/ice-cream combo] - I would also recommend walking through the forest and along the cliffs on the left for a much better view)
Another good view of Bristol is from up Brandon hill
Bristol Zoo - Website
A very famous Zoo - Opened in 1836 it is suposedly the oldest provincial zoo (good old Wikipedia). Does a load of conservation stuff, including being the site of the first squirrel monkey born in captivity.
Another Zoo would be Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Website
I have not been, but have heard good things.
For Aquatic animals, there is the Bristol Aquarium - Website
It is also quite cool
This museum is cool – and is free entry. I would check it out.
You can also see a load of the Bristol University buildings from nearby (such as this one)
2 Other Museums would be: At Bristol - Website
and the M Shed - Website
I do not remember At Bristol being free, but the M Shed is - and supposedly is now quite good.
There are lots of old churches and buildings is Bristol - but the Cathedral is quite impressive.
For plays and the like
The Bristol Hippodrome (what's on)
The Old Vic (whats on)
The Tobacco Factory (what's on)
are 3 places to start your search.
One unique museum/attraction would be the SS Great Britain - Website
I like old ships, so found it quite interesting. Be warned, however, you may be harrangued by some strange people when walking around...
Another interesting ship would be The Matthew (what's more, you can ride this one). - website
If you like shopping in malls, then there are 2 main ones around Bristol (well 3 if you include this as a separate mall)
Cabot Circus and The Mall – This one is bigger, but you will need to catch a bus to get to it.
There is also St. Nicholas Market – with added Jamaican shops (good Biltong!) and other things – DO NOT BUY THE RUBBISH GURT LUSH/BRISTOLIAN SLANG T-SHIRTS, THEY WILL MAKE YOU LOOK LIKE AN IDIOT!
There are many tours of Bristol (here is a list of just some of them). I wouldn't really recommend most of these (perhaps because I lived in Bristol for so long and never really enjoy being guided around when I can explore myself), but if you do decide to (and can not find a local history teacher to take you around instead [these are not as hard to find as you may imagine]) then these are 2 of the more interesting ones.
Pirate tour (no idea if good, but Bristol does have an awesome pirate history, with colourful characters such as this man).
Do not know if this still goes on, but an underground tour of Bristol (with added awful website).
Other activities include:
Bowling - The big bowling alley that I used to go to had gone last time I was in Bristol. But this place is still around. It is ok for bowling in the day, but at night it becomes a crappy nightclub.
You can set up a portable BBQ on the Downs (bonus points if it is overcast and raining when you do it) – try to do it in one of the dips though, or you will have the locals coming to try and grab free food...
You can take a walk through Leigh Woods – It is a nice place, but watch out for the campers (These, not these...
There are tonnes of golf courses around Bristol. But perhaps a more interesting 'sport' would be climbing.
2 places I can recommend would be
St Werburghs – website – where you can climb around a gutted medieval church
and The Climbing Academy – website – 100% bouldering 100% of the time. No top-roping here.
For something outdoors, you can climb the Avon Gorge.
Or do some of these outdoor climbs.
There is a load of live music to listen to in and around Bristol - here are 2 websites to see where
This site, or this site.
Food wise, we have all kinds. Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malay, Vietnamese, Jamaican...
It would take a long time to make even a slightly good list. SO instead I will just post one of my old haunts
The Rajpoot - This place is nowhere near as good as it used to be... Last time I went, it wasn't as good as I remember (but that may have been a one-off [I do not live in Bristol anymore]).
For more classy food, Wilks is pretty good - website - but it isn't cheap.
Browns cafe is good, but for pure cafe's, there are some much better ones around.
Finally, pub wise.
The Hole in the wall pub supposedly inspired the pub in the start of the book Treasure Island – Unfortunately I do not think this pub is so great.
A much better alternative would be this one! Bath Ales are pretty awesome if you like good beer. In fact, the pubs around this area are far superior than the pubs in town (at least I feel so).
If it is a nice old pub you want – The Llandoger Trow is probably a good shout (it is so old that the whole front of the building is dangerously leaning to one side) – Added bonus is that the pub across the road (the Old Duke) often plays live music.
For some of the good old English Cider, you can try either
The Corry Tap (often has live music, but is often quite crowded)
Or if you want a younger crowd and like drinking on a boat - the Apple.
For another drinking boat/nightclub – You can try this place (The Thekla).
Or there is the Bierkeller nightclub... But only if you like heavy metal, old wooden buildings and places where the beer tastes like someone has farted in your pint. You do get a free shot though with every drink – However, it is a pity that the shot also tastes foul...
Hope that something from that list piques your interest...
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You did a great job there!!! Thank you for your hard work! We all appreciate and Im sure this will be the most helpful guide ever!
I will have to reread it though and then when It's about the time We will start discussing the possibilities, BUT I will need to get ppl to talk cuz I dont like monologues
BE SURE TO VISIT US THERE IF YOU CAN!!!!!!
And again Thank you very very much!
Hey Kat and everyone else~
I apologize for not responding to your messages. I shall be free to attend this event in August. So yes I'm in. I hope it'll be a blast~
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Is it travelodge or premier inn? Or straight up busking on the streets of bristol?
Or shall we recreate scenes from into the wild?
Whoee awesome news!
So, how was it?
The meeting didnt happen! But I enjoyed Bristol sooooo much!