The West Country

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  • 1. M Shed

    Museum/Gallery

    In a refurbished transit shed on the harborside, this museum is dedicated to the city's history. The collection comprises three main galleries...Read More

  • 2. SS Great Britain

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    On view in the harbor is the first iron ship to cross the Atlantic. Built by the great English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843, it...Read More

  • 3. Tyntesfield

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This extravagant, 35-bedroom Victorian–Gothic Revival mansion has been magnificently restored to reveal a showcase of the decorative arts where...Read More

  • 4. We The Curious

    Harbourside | Museum/Gallery

    One of the country's top family-friendly science centers, this multimedia attraction provides a "hands-on, minds-on" exploration of science...Read More

  • 5. Berkeley Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    In the sleepy village of Berkeley (pronounced bark -ley), this castle is perfectly preserved, down to its medieval turrets, and full of family...Read More

  • 6. Bristol Zoo Gardens

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Alongside the leafy expanse of Clifton Down is one of the country's most famous zoos. More than 400 animal species live in 12 acres of gardens...Read More

  • 7. Church of St. Mary Redcliffe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by Bristol merchants who wanted a place in which to pray for the safe (and profitable) voyages of their ships, the rib-vaulted, 14th-century...Read More

  • 8. Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Leigh Woods | Bridge/Tunnel

    A monument to Victorian engineering, this 702-foot-long bridge spans the Avon Gorge. Work began on Isambard Kingdom Brunel's design in 1831...Read More

  • 9. New Room

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    John Wesley and Charles Wesley were among the Dissenters from the Church of England who found a home in Bristol, and in 1739 they built the...Read More

  • 10. Stanton Drew Circles

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Three rings, two avenues of standing stones, and a burial chamber make up the Stanton Drew Circles, one of the largest and most mysterious monuments...Read More

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