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Bristol has two main train stations:
The mix of old and new is what gives Bristol its unique
character, which is why trains to Bristol are becoming increasingly
popular. You can get cheap train tickets to Bristol when you book
in advance online. For more information, see the section below on
how to get cheap train tickets to Bristol.
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can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book tickets up
to 12 weeks in advance of departure.
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Bristol has something for everyone from historic ships and
Banksy artwork to ultimate retail therapy and gourmet eateries. A
great number of attractions are free to visit, which makes Bristol
good value for money. Below are a selection of great attractions
that Bristol has to offer:
For 175 years, Bristol Zoo Gardens has been entertaining
visitors with animals, gardens and attractions. From fish and
insects to lions and hippos, there's a huge variety of species to
see. The landscaped gardens also have plants from all over the
world and with a multitude of activities for kids, the whole family
can enjoy a great day out. To get to the Zoo from Bristol Temple
Meads train station you can take the eight or nine bus service to
the main entrance.
Shopaholics will be in heaven at Cabot Circus shopping complex.
With all the shops you could want, plus endless options for drinks
and dining, Cabot Circus provides much more than just a trip to the
shops. With three floors, there is so much to explore. The complex
also hosts special events, such as screening major sporting
fixtures. Cabot Circus is just a short walk from Bristol Temple
Meads train station.
No visit to Bristol is complete without seeing the SS Great
Britain. Brunel's famous ship, held at Bristol Dock, is considered
to have changed the world and is a huge part of the UK's maritime
history. Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and
smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Visitors
can also descend under water below the glass 'sea' to touch the
world's first great ocean liner. The SS Great Britain can be
accessed via Bristol Temple Meads train station, which is just a
short walk away.
See Bristol from a different perspective with a river cruise on
the Avon. See the Clifton Suspension Bridge from the water,
discover the wildlife that lives on the river bank, and sip
champagne as you cruise down the docks. The Bristol Ferryboat
Company offers a variety of different boat trips, so there's
something to please everyone.
Situated on top of Brandon Hill, this 105 foot high tower
commemorates the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's voyage to
Newfoundland in America in 1497. The tower itself was built in
1897. There is a spiral staircase leading to the top, where you can
enjoy spectacular views of the city and harbour. The gardens around
the tower are also well worth a look. Cabot Tower is close to a few
railway stations, including Temple Meads and Clifton Down.
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