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Whether itís the magnificent University, the grandeur of the Cathedral, the impression that Brunel has left or the draw that Banksy inspires, itís all here at Bristol, the vibrant and multi-cultural city of the South West.

©Paul Michael

Bristol, history and present-day details

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Bristol dates from Anglo-Saxon times and the name, Brigstowe. Located by the rivers Avon and Frome, and with a natural harbour, Bristol had all the right ingredients to make it the historic port that it is today.

Ships from Bristol found new colonies and traded with the world, and Bristol was a major port for the import of foreign produce. By the 18th century Bristol had prospered favourably to this trade, giving rise to Clifton village and a string of wealthy houses.

Perhaps most notably during the industrial revolution was the mark that Isambard Kingdom Brunel had left on Bristol. The Clifton Suspension Bridge can be seen for miles towering over the Avon. There is also Bristol's Great Western Railway station, Temple Meads, and the ship, SS Great Britain, in the harbour.

Today, Bristol is a favourite for many companies and businesses and is a major contributor to the SW economy. Visitors can enjoy reminders of Bristol's rich maritime heritage, as well as a fine shopping centre to cater for all tastes.


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