Much of what goes on in Bristol centres around the newly redeveloped harbour area with much of the nightlife, shops and restaurants located there. The region's largest IMAX cinema is based there along with a planetarium and botanical gardens. The City has an award winning Zoo which was voted Zoo of the Year in 2004. The underwater areas housing seals and penguins and also the rainforest zone's are spectacular and well worth a visit.
Bristol is well located with the M4 giving access to London and Cardiff via the new Severn Bridge and the M5 making Devon and Birmingham accessible with an a short drive. By train, Bath is just over 10 minutes away and the Cotswolds, Somerset and Cardiff being a short journey away. Getting around the city is easy, and free maps of the city can be downloaded from the official tourism website. Most locations in the city centre are within walking distance Ã¢â‚¬â€œ including the Harbour side and Old City areas Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and there are various pleasant routes along the quaysides and pedestrianised roads. The city's bus service is regular and reliable, and the purchase of a day ticket will allow you to ride them with in the city centre with no extra charge for the rest of the day. There is plenty of parking available within the city centre, so if you arrive by car there are various options, including the three park and ride stations outside the city. There is plenty to do in the city as well: - The SS Great Britain is preserved in dry-dock by the floating harbour. It was the first steam-powered passenger liner, built by Brunel in 1843. - @Bristol is the city's science centre and planetarium, with hundreds of interactive displays. - Castle Park and St Peter's Church, which contains the excavated ruins of Bristol Castle and the remains of the church which was destroyed during the bombing of WWII. It was left to stand as a memorial to those who had died. - Clifton Suspension Bridge, which offers a fantastic view of the Avon Gorge and the surrounding area.
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