Visit Bristol Aesop PHD Workshop 2006 - Bristol, UK
- July 24, 2006
The town centre of Bristol is split into smaller areas. The main shopping area is based around the Broadmead centre which is due to be redeveloped. In 2002 Bristol City Council gave the go-ahead for a Â£500 million regeneration programme of the area. The new â€˜Merchants Quarterâ€™ is due to be finalised by 2008 and will include homes, shops, offices and a huge range of leisure facilities. Most of the better eating and drinking places are further towards the Harbourside area. The whole Harbourside has been transformed in recent years as part of the areaâ€™s massive regeneration programme. Highlight of this areas are the Watershed, a media centre where you can catch the latest art-house films and order great food; the newly refurbished Arnolfini which houses a cinema, an art gallery and a bar; and the Architecture Centre. They are connected by Peroâ€™s bridge, designed by Irish artist Eilis Oâ€™Connell. The bridge is named after a slave who was brought to Bristol from Nevis Island in the 17th century. If itâ€™s heritage youâ€™re after, the SS Great Britain and the Industrial Museum will plunge you deep into the depths of Bristolâ€™s maritime past. Next to the Waterfront is the Centre, a semi-pedestrianised area with sculptures and a collection of fountains.
Corn Street is the heart of the medieval city. It used to be the place where the cityâ€™s business dealings were conducted before the Corn Exchange was built but it is now full of stylish bars. St Nicholas Market on Corn Street dates back to 1743. Here you can buy anything from vegetables, flowers and excellent takeaway food to vintage clothes and jewellery.
North of the Centre and Harbourside is fashionable Park Street which has many independent shops and bars and leads up to Clifton Triangle. This area is home to decent bars and many of Bristolâ€™s University students tend to hang out here. Clifton is Bristolâ€™s most affluent area and sits high above the rest of the city on top of the Avon Gorge. It is home to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, striking architecture, nice pubs and fancy restaurants. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Work started in 1831 but due to political and financial difficulties only the towers were completed by his death in 1859. The bridge, now a Grade I listed structure, was completed as his memorial and finally opened in 1964.
The Gloucester Road area in the west of Bristol with a mish-mash of trendy bars, local boozers, chic restaurants, take-aways, cafÃ©s and second-hand shops, is home to a large majority of UWE students. South of Gloucester Road, Montpellier and St Paulâ€™s are the cityâ€™s multicultural areas with great cafÃ©s and clubs. Montpelier boosts many organic and vegetarian food shops that service the local â€˜alternativeâ€™ crowd. Bristolâ€™s biggest street party is held every year on the first Saturday in July to promote and celebrate the culture and community of St Paulâ€™s â€“ which is home to much of the cityâ€™s African-Caribbean population.
Please refer to the following links for further details:
Bristol tourist information: http://visitbristol.co.uk/
Whatâ€™s on in Bristol: http://www.venue.co.uk/
For those of you who want to spend some more time in the West Country, the world heritage site of Bath is only a 10-minute train journey away. Here you can visit the famous Roman Baths; the Royal Crescent â€“ visit no. 1 which is an immaculate 18th-century townhouse; the 15th century Bath Abbey or just wander round and admire the striking architecture.
West country heritage
Bristol is also not far from the intriguing monuments Stonehenge and the Avebury stone circles.