Clifton Cathedral was commissioned in 1965 with construction taking place between 1970 and 1973. On the 29th June 1973, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the new cathedral was consecrated and opened and the pro-Cathedral was closed.
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- 19th July 2019-21st July 2019The Bristol Harbour Festival is an annual festival that spans the city and harbour areas. Throughout the 3 days a wide selection of tall ships, live music, street performances, food markets, water display teams, circus acts and family activities. This event does not have camping but there are a number of hotels, hostels and guest houses in the Bristol area. Image provided by Sberriman
- Built in 1849, the Lido in Bristol is one of the oldest surviving Lidos in the UK. The 24m outdoor swimming pool is heated throughout the year to a temperature between 20-24 degrees Celsius. As well as the pool the site has a poolside bar, restaurant and other spa facilities including the sauna, steam room & hot tub.
- Bristol Zoo offers you a great day out where children and adults can enjoy being among the animal in this twelve-acre garden. Bristol Zoo is located in the Clifton area of Bristol close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car. The zoo sits in over 12 acres of gardens and houses over 400 species of animals that include a 180 degree gorilla house. If the weather is not brilliant then the zoo has 9 under cover animal enclosures making it a great all weather attraction. There is a lake, flowing creeks, outdoor theatre, play areas and an activity centre so you’ll never get bored. When you’re hungry just look for one of the picnic spots or head to the restaurant for hot food and ice creams. The Zoo’s normal opening hours are every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm with the last entry being 4:00pm. Facilities include:Parking Wheelchair friendly Toilets Restaurants Changing facilities Undercover animal enclosures Image provided by PiffPuffPickle
- Historic corn windmill, circa 1766, with an observation tower offering picturesque views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the city of Bristol. The corn windmill was converted to grind tobacco and it was also known as ‘the Snuff Mill”. After a number of unoccupied years, in the late 1820’s the mill had a large telescope installed into the tower and thus creating the observatory. The Camera obscura is a convex lens and sloping mirror installed on the top of the tower; these project the panoramic view vertically downward into the darkened room below. Visitors can view the true image on a fixed circular table with a concave metal surface, and turn the mirror by hand to change the direction of view. There is also a tunnel 61 m (200 ft) long from the Observatory to St Vincent’s Cave (also known as Giant’s Cave), which opens onto St Vincent’s Rocks on the cliff face.
- Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is an outstanding museum and well worth visiting. It houses collections from all over the world. Children love this museum as there are family friendly areas where they can listen to stories that come to live with puppets or a stage performance in a crystal cave or create their own dinosaur and listen to animal noises from all over the world. There are great sights for adults from the wildlife galleries full of rare and endangered species to modern art and archaeology. When you’re tired regroup in the cafe and enjoy a meal or a drink then head up to the second floor for some of the latest exhibitions on offer from French art to Bristol’s own 200-year-old silver collection or a stunning display of Eastern Art. Facilities include a cafe, toilets, loop system, events and shop.
- The Cabot Tower was built in the 1890s to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the journey of John Cabot from Bristol to land in which later became Canada. The tower is 32 m (105 feet) high and built from red sandstone with cream Bath stone for ornamentation and emphasis. The tower consists of a spiral staircase and two viewing platforms where balconies with wrought iron railings overlook the city, the higher of which is approximately 102 m (334 feet) above sea level.
- Bristol Cathedral has been a place of peace and prayer since the 12th Century. In 1148 Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St. Augustine. The Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse remain clearly to be seen: other remains are within Bristol Cathedral Choir School. The eastern end of the Cathedral gives Bristol Cathedral a unique place in the development of British and European Architecture. The Nave, Choir and Aisles are all the same height, creating the appearance of a large hall. Bristol Cathedral is the major example of a ‘Hall Church’ in Great Britain and one of the finest anywhere in the world. In 1539 the Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII’s commissioners and the nave, which was then being rebuilt, was destroyed. The rather battered building then became the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in 1542. In 1868 plans were drawn up to rebuild the Nave to its medieval design. The Architect, G.E.Street, found the original pillar bases, so the dimensions are much the same as those of the abbey church. J. L. Pearson added the two towers at the West End and further reordered the interior. From the Twelfth Century, it has been a place of daily prayer and a place where the city and diocese have marked great occasions.
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