Bristol, England with a 4yo

Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 02:45 AM
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We got spoiled at Easter, was like being in the Med!

Cornwall's lovely very envious
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 04:10 AM
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Cornwall's lovely very envious>>

it's lovely NOW, but the times I can say that are not as frequent as I would like.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 05:49 AM
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Just wanted to say that my SO and I booked into that Marriott last autumn. We are eligible for travel industry rates and we paid about £65 per night so £216 for three nights sounds pretty good! The hotel is clean and in a good location. The only issue we had was with a noisy group of teenagers in the hallway, but security took care of it right away.

Bristol is wonderful! If you can, do have lunch at the Albion. Amazing food and a good mix of children, adults and students.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 10:20 AM
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My daughter has also moved to Bristol and I have stayed at both Marriotts in the last year. The city centre one is a normal Marriott and we ate at Carluccio's in Cabot Circus the night we arrived.
We stayed at the Royal over Christmas and it was very welcoming in the VERY cold weather. Only drawback was that I left with pneumonia but with hindsight I had it when I arrived!
I have just booked it again for Christmas this year (minus the bug this time I hope.)
One lovely memory was coming in from Midnight Mass in the cathedral(next door) at 1.00am Christmas morning - I estimate by now it was about -9 degrees, and the staff were offering hot chocolate in a lovely warm hotel! Small things but I'll remember them!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 11:35 AM
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We stayed at a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Omaha, NE and a Residence Inn in Kansas City, MO when we were in the US in July and was very impressed with both of them so looking forward to staying in a normal Marriott
The only drawback i noticed with Marriott in the UK is that internet is extra, were spoiled with free wi-fi in the States..

We've managed to get a deal with breakfast included which i've heard is a good thing

I love going to Midnight Mass at Christmas time, your experience sounds absolutely wonderful! Unfortunate about getting pneumonia however
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 11:40 AM
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London Yank - Where is the Albion?
Arrival times in Bristol and Checkin times do not quite match, knew i should have booked the train tickets first! But will get there about lunchtime so would be good to go somewhere nice
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 12:23 PM
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If you haven't already done so sign up for Marriott Rewards- you'll find as junior gets older that they are a good deal for families with children.
Two places which should be good for you to eat are the Grain barge(on a barge) and the Mud Dock which has an outside seating area above the river. We sat outside two weeks before Easter- its hard to believe now!
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 02:58 PM
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The Albion is in Clifton Village, so you would need to get the bus from the city centre. Google "Albion Clifton Villsge" for the website. It is a very fashionable pub, and may not be suitable for a young child.

Clifton has many good restaurants, inlcuding branches of Strada Zizzi and Cote which masy be more suitable. It also has Fishers, a good fish restaurant.

You haven't really visited Bristol until you have walked over the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 03:36 PM
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The only pub/restaurant that I remember in Clifton is the Coronation Tap, but as it is a cider pub, it may not be exactly what you are after!

good choice of drinks there I remember - dry, sweet, and mix. all lethal after the first two.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2011, 04:20 PM
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We walked over the Clifton Suspension Bridge at Easter and i made the mistake of looking down.. Took a long time to get back..
Was fine looking down from the Empire State Building however so didn't get it

Just had a look at the Albion, maybe a bit grand for a 4 year old, but menu looks nice

Frances - where would i find the Grain Barge and the Mud Dock? And yes i have a Marriott reward card
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Old Aug 4th, 2011, 07:25 AM
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Details of Grain Barge are at www.grainbarge.co.uk/ and the site for Mud Dock is www.mud-dock.co.uk/. The Grain Barge is further from the city centre, but has good views of SS Great Britain on the other side of the harbour.

Mud Dock is also on the harbourside, but nearer the City Centre. It is also close to other harbourside attractions including the Arnolfini Gallery and the new "M" Shed museum of Bristol.
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Old Aug 4th, 2011, 08:24 AM
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I didn't see it mentioned but St. Mary Redcliffe was reportedly called "the fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England" by Queen Elizabith I in 1574.
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Old Aug 4th, 2011, 06:53 PM
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Thanks for the links Love the harbourside, we stayed at the yha last time so were right on it, but nice to see different parts of Bristol! Although this time we'll probably spend all 3 and a half days in Bristol so should see a bit more
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 10:02 AM
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bmking for when we go to visit DD.

can you believe that in 3 years in Bristol i never made it St. Mary Redcliffe?

[ok, yes perhaps you can].
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Old Sep 1st, 2011, 05:23 PM
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This month has gone so quick! I only got back from Prague on Tuesday and finally off to Bristol tomorrow, weather forecast keeps changing but can't expect Easter's temps on every trip,

Looks like Zoo on Saturday (i have a free adult ticket) and @Bristol on Sunday, not sure about Friday Afternoon or Monday, may go back to the SS Great Britain, but hopefully this weekend will be as much fun as the Easter Weekend
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 12:06 AM
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This weekend Bristol hosts the International Kite Festival. Details are at www.kite-festival.org.uk/.
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 10:25 AM
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thanks, Chartley.

I'll have to tell DD.

fredandginger - DD, who moved to Bristol about a month ago, is hoping to get a job at the zoo, but she's waiting for her interview next week. fingers crossed!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
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HMS Ledbury is also open to the public on Sunday afternoon so we may gp and take a look at her

Annhig good luck to your DD, hope she's successful!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 01:17 PM
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Tomorrow looks like the zoo and then a couple of hours at the Kite Festival, guess i'm gonna have to brave the Clifton Suspension Bridge again!
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Old Sep 2nd, 2011, 01:28 PM
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thanks, fredandgingermad.

i suspect that if she doesn't get the job she will volunteer and wait for something to come up, as it's a pretty prestigious place to work in the zoo world.

not that she's told me what the job is - for all i know, it's cleaning out the elephants!

have a great time in Bristol!
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