Last week I went to visit Bristol and Bath. Having never visited either city before I was really looking forward to exploring and enjoying fun times with old friends. After travelling for five hours we finally made it up to a very chilly Bristol. Luckily we were chauffeured to a log fire, pizza and a comfy bed.
The next day we took a short 10 minute train journey to Bath to go exploring, My oh my it was busy, probably because it was the first weekend of the Christmas market. I’m really not a fan of a hectic city centre where you can’t move, and have to queue for everything, so we decided to go to the spa instead. Admittedly we had to queue for 45 minutes to get in, but it was worth it. All I will say is a heated outdoor roof top swimming pool is the best way to see Bath Cathedral. After being steamed out and left thoroughly relaxed we headed back through a calmer Christmas Market and after browsing some of the stalls we settled in Wagamama’s to fill up on hot noodle soup and Japanese beer.
On our last day our friends took us to the Clifton area of Bristol. Clifton is great for walking round, looking in posh boutique shops and enjoying a big fat roast as there are so many nice pubs. We walked over the Clifton suspension bridge, checked out the red and fallow deer in Ashton Court park, enjoyed our first cup of mulled cider of the season and hugged a gorilla.*
I don’t really feel like we got the full measure of Bristol, it seems a really sprawling city full of cool little areas, so there is much more to see. We’re thinking of heading back there next year then going to Wales, but I definitely want to see more of the city.
*To mark 175 years of Bristol Zoo Gardens 61 multi-coloured and life-sized gorillas were erected around Bristol, the challenge was to spot all of them. The gorillas were then auctioned with the money going to charity. A few remain in the city.