BRISTOL – pt 1

Bristol is one of Britain’s most attractive and historic cities. It was a rich trading port from the Middle Ages specialising in the wine industry from France, Spain and Portugal. It developed elegant housing areas like Clifton in the eighteenth century and it still rivals Bath. Then along came Isambard Kingdom Brunel – the great Victorian engineer – who connected Bristol to London by rail and built the first great ocean liner the SS Great Britain in Bristol… not to mention his iconic Clifton suspension bridge. In the 21st century Bristol is a high-powered banking and service industry centre with a very lively and extensive waterside entertainment and cultural area. Part One of the guide and Part Two BOTH run to 23 minutes each… and takes in the main attractions plus the fine churches and the continually-improving St Nick’s Market. Tim starts at the Clifton suspension bridge with guide Mike Rowland…enjoy !