• Bristol is located just 120 miles west of London.
  • It is the largest city in the south west of England.
  • Bath is about 12 miles to the east of the city.
  • Bristol is a 45 mile trip across the Bristol Channel to Cardiff in Wales.
  • The city is situated on the rivers Frome and Avon.
  • Bristol has been a wealthy trading port since the Roman era.
  • Bristol is a port city known as the “Birthplace of America”.
  • John Cabot sailed from Bristol to help “discover” North America in 1497.
  • The city played an important role in England's maritime trade in tobacco, wine, cotton and more.
  • From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, Bristol was involved in a massive slave shipping industry.
  • Today, Bristol is a buzzing, multicultural university city of 400,000.
  • You may hire one of Britain’s famous Blue Badge Guides to tour Bristol.
  • Local historian Peter “Pirate Pete” Martin leads visitors on a tour of the city’s darker history.
  • The infamous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary Redcliffe church. His original birthplace and childhood home still stands on Bristol's harbourside.
  • Pero’s Bridge is named after Pero Jones, who was the African servant of a plantation owner.
  • John Wesley’s ‘New Room’, in Broadmead, is the world’s oldest Methodist church.
  • Hollywood legend Cary Grant (Archibald Leach) was born in Horfield, Bristol. Grant's first role in theatre was working at The Bristol Hippodrome.
  • A restored 18th century former sugar factory is now home to a forty-room Hotel du Vin, featuring loft suites, library and a celebrated bistro.
  • Bristol is the only UK city to have won the title ‘European Green Capital’ for 2015.