Surprising Bristol – The Third Part (Finally!)


The final part of the ‘Surprising Bristol’ series follows on from the two posts in January, and only took two months as well. And on the ‘other’ blog there is a three year gap between parts two and three. Oh Dear, never mind.

The second part ended at the Wills Memorial Building as depicted here.

From here walk down Park Street to Great George street, on the left in this street is the Georgian House. This house is FREE admission.

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Map of Park Street/Great George street.,-2.6070835,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x48718dd09612bd95:0x5d59791926acfe98?hl=en

A side trip to Cabot Tower can be made by walking further along Great George Street.,_Bristol


Walk back along Great George Street and turn right into Park Street again.

This is the view from the opposite side of the road to the Banksy mural, looking back up Park Street to the Wills Memorial Building.


The Banksy mural is by the traffic lights. It has unfortunately been the subject of an attack with paintballs, as can be seen here.

More Banksy murals here.


Cross by the traffic lights again and you enter College green, where you find the Cathedral, City Hall, St. Mark’s – Mayor’s Chapel and the Great Gatehouse, and some skateboarders trying to get an ambulance trip to A&E. This view is looking back at Park Street, with your back to the Cathedral. The people below the red traffic light are where the Banksy mural is situated.


Photo taken from the fountain in above photo, guess which season. lolSAM_2342

Walk past City hall on your right and view St Mark’s Mayors Chapel over the road.


Walk back to City hall, turn left and walk along the curved brick building and take in the views of the Cathedral. This view looking back at the route taken.


Cathedral views.

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Next attraction is the Great Gatehouse, which is grade one listed.,_Bristol


Next to the Great Gatehouse is the Cathedral this fascade is not the entrance, it’s round the left side.


To the right down some steps is a small car park and the cloisters at the rear. The bollards are wrong on so many levels.



The superb 360 degree tour nearly as good as being there yourself, as usual.,-2.586336&spn=0.060014,0.119734&sll=51.451668,-2.600747&layer=c&cid=1946930996653712780&panoid=Fp6YWpZeQQaBXja4tbVEaw&cbp=13,86.93,,0,6.13&gl=GB&t=h&z=14&cbll=51.451692,-2.601136

The entrance is on the right, below the gold cross.


Don’t do as we did and arrive in time for Evensong at 5.15pm, there is no visiting inside when services are in progress, and visiting hours are 8am – 5pm anyway. Hmph, never mind, some images of what we missed of the interior.

Bristol Cathedral window tracery glass paint

Above by Simon Davison on Wikimedia. Below by Thomas Duesing also on Wikimedia.

http://Bristol Cathedral organ and choir stalls

Stroll along the Cathedral to the left, there is some seating if you feel like a rest. Relax and watch the skateboarders nearly kill themselves, trying desperately to impress girls who are laughing at them.


Walk through the bollards and then down some steps to a Anchor Road depicted on google maps, looking back up the steps.,-2.599751,3a,75y,15.31h,89.18t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sUvvAcxFwPMGp5z-jUACfvw!2e0

Use the pedestrian crossing and go under the ‘@ Bristol’ sign through to Millennium Square. An alternative route to the cross harbour ferry, is via cathedral Walk.,-2.600439,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48718dd6bbd6290b:0x65df08e58ae7b1a8


Head for the Floating Harbour by following a ‘Harbourside walks’ sign. Or head to Millennium Square ferry landing and then on to Hanover Quay for some views of the Floating Harbour. Looking back again, because the sun is behind me and I can’t get a photo due to excessive glare.


Some properties are not too bad along the waterside.


Carry on the walk along the harbour until you see the tiny ‘Number7’ boat that is the crossharbour ferry.


There are other ferry operators that from Easter onwards also do day trips up and down the River Avon. Or can be hired privately.

The ferry arrives adjacent to the S.S. Great Britain, the first ever iron hulled ship. This attraction is to be covered in a future blog post on it’s own, so we will reluctantly end the Surprising Bristol blog series there for now.

Tips for Bristol

In first two parts of this Bristol series of posts we let the bus take the strain off our feet. We made use of a First Bus day ticket for unlimited travel in the inner zone of Bristol for £4. This ticket is valid for all of the sightseeing mentioned in the three posts comprising the ‘Surprising Bristol’ series. It is only valid on First group bus services.

If bringing the car to Bristol be aware that parking is at a premium in the city. There are three park & ride sites for Bristol. South West, South East and a site near the M5, West of Bristol. We find it curious there is no park & ride anywhere near the M4 entry points to the North of the city.

Thanks For The Memories…. (will alternate every Saturday with And Another thing….)

We still miss hearing the deafening roar of the engines from when Concorde used to fly regularly over the Guildford area, when flying in or out of Heathrow. This technological marvel was way ahead of its time, and we regret not using the opportunity of taking a flight on this much missed aeroplane. What a shame this famous plane no longer flies at supersonic speeds, there is no aeroplane that comes anywhere near the 1,350 mph cruising speed, which is over twice the speed of todays airliners.

http://Concorde on Bristol

So what’s the Concorde connection with Bristol? In the Bristol area there are two Concorde’s in resident retirement, one on it’s last flight shown above, before landing at it’s final resting place at RAF Filton. There are plans for a new building at the now decommissioned RAF Filton, to house Concorde and other aircraft as part of the ‘ Bristol Aerospace Centre’ attraction, which has already received lottery funding. There is no timetable for the construction or opening of this museum, as far as we can see. It is a case of watching the media for any news regarding a possible opening date. We will be there when, or if, it does become a reality. There is an alternative to see until the ‘Bristol Aerospace Centre’ is up and running, as described below the photo of Concorde over the Clifton Suspension bridge.


The second Concorde is to be found forty miles south of Bristol at the marvellous Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. This is just a prototype, which never saw regular service, but has all the attributes of the BA and Air France Concorde’s. And along with the other exhibits makes for a fascinating day out.

Concorde FAA Museum

Whichever Concorde you go to see, it will serve as a reminder of a time when aviation fuel was relatively cheap and the treat of terrorism was restricted to land based attacks. Who can forget Phil Collins in 1985, performing in London at ‘Live Aid’ and then jumping on a Concorde to Philadelphia. On stage in JFK stadium he began his set with the line, “I was in England this afternoon. Funny old world, innit?”, to cheers from the Philadelphia crowd. There is no other commercial plane he could of achieved this with. See how Great Britain can be at the forefront of technology, when it puts it’s mind to it. And even work together in an ‘Entente Cordiale’ with the French too, will wonders never cease.

Thanks for reading,

Mark & Yvette


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