The soaring Clifton Suspension Bridge, the engineering masterpiece by Isambard Kingdom Brunel perched above Avon Gorge, is a highlight of any Bristol city break. West of the centre in scenic Clifton are boutique shops and England’s longest Georgian crescent, Royal York Crescent. The Brunel-designed SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner, is moored at the Floating Harbour. Bristol Cathedral, the city’s cobbled streets, elegant Queen Square and Georgian Corn Exchange in the old financial quarter are tempting photo opportunities.
In Clifton’s City Museum & Art Gallery, Old Masters mingle with modern and local art. Curiosity is a mini- museum for under-7s. Flanking Bristol’s harbourside is the trendy Watershed Media Centre, showcasing world cinema, and the visual arts hub, Arnolfini Arts Centre. For theatre, take a trip to Bristol Hippodrome or renovated Bristol Old Vic, the UK's oldest working theatre. Music lovers make for Colston Hall for its fine acoustics. In summer, Bristol Zoo Gardens hosts open-air theatre and live music.