Great Britain, Bristol – A Look to South West England
Bristol is a large English city and an unitary authority where live around 400, one million people respectively.
Settlement of this area is very old. Allegedly first people settled there in the 60th millennium BC. Its present shape began to form in the 11th century and already one hundred years later Bristol became an important port in South West England that had close trading ties with Ireland. In the 14th century, the town was hit by severe plague killing large share of its inhabitants.
In 1760, the Bristol Bridge was built and replaced a bridge several centuries older. The older bridge hadn’t sufficient capacity to hold accumulating traffic and was becoming dangerous to pedestrians. Toll stalls that used to stand on both ends of the bridge were first changed to shops and later demolished.
The Second World War heavily affected the face of the city. It was significantly bombarded by German Luftwaffe. Around 100 thousand buildings were damaged. In the 1960s the Bristol city center was filled with cheap tower houses and brutalist architecture. This style flourished during the 1950s until the 1970s and it was a reflection of the mass production society.
The Present Bristol economy isn’t dependent on its port any more. High-tech companies such as Hewlett-Packard are becoming dominant sources of municipal income as well as the tourist industry. Bristol is among the most popular places in England, more than nine million tourists visit it every year.
No wonder. Vast number of buildings included in protected buildings list alone let know that there is a lot to see. Among the oldest sights you may see is Bristol Castle , or rather its remains located in Castle Park. The castle served its masters for five centuries, in 1630 it was demolished. The oldest sacral building in the city is St Jacob’s priory founded in 1129.
The Tudor era lasted three centuries and it left several witnesses of its time. One of them is the Ashton Court or Red Lodge. The latter is a museum at present and was built in 1580 by John Yong. The building with an exposition showing the Tudor era is often called the hidden gem of Bristol. Well, you have to see it on your own.
A good example of English baroque, or the Stuart era that lasted about 60 years beginning in the middle of the 17th century, is King Street, going through the historic center of Bristol. There are many interesting houses that will take you few centuries back thanks to their atmosphere. One of them is also Llandoger Trow.
Speaking about Bristol, one shouldn’t forget to mention the fact that the city is a home to many rugby and cricket teams as well as football clubs. The oldestBristol Rovers was established already in 1883, this year it celebrated the 130th year of its existence.
Text: Maxim Kucer
Photo: Wikipedia.org, Rodhullandemu, Rodw, Steinsky, Superboy2021, Rbrw, Adrian Pingstone
Brighton's seafront offers many attractions. Today we will visit the British Airways i360 futuristic lookout tower, located opposite the equally famous West Pier.
St Davids is less than 2,000 inhabitants, making it the smallest town in the UK. Most of its area is occupied by the Cathedral of St. David and the premises associated with it. This building also helped the city to its unusual status, it is the largest church building in Wales and it houses the remains of St. David, so obviously can not be part of the village, but the city.
Bath was a spa town in the past, designed especially for sick and crippled visitors. At the beginning of the 18th century, however, it began to attract individuals with a desire for entertainment and relaxation in a picturesque setting. So over time, the visit to Bath became a tradition for many, and the city soon reached its greatest fame.
After the natural and architectural beauty of Wales we will move to the south of England. More precisely to the historic region of Sussex, where our first stop will be the town of Lewes.
Today we visit the second oldest working aquarium in the world - the Sea Life Brighton. It is interesting not only because of its history dating back to 1872, but you can also take a walk through the longest English submarine tunnel.
Join us to visit the breathtaking town of Windsor, less than 30 kilometers west of London. This historic mansion has been the home of the English royal family since time immemorial, its life-giving artery is the River Thames and its immediate neighbor is the equally famous town of Eton.
Last week we walked through the student town of Eton and today we head to Windsor. Perhaps the most sought-after landmark of the city, which is also its dominant, is Windsor Castle of the same name.
We visited the English city of Oxford last week. We saw a few sights and places of interest, but we missed Oxford University.
Today we look to Brighton, more precisely to the local town hall, located on Bartolomějské Square near the coast. The neoclassical building from the 1930s serves not only as a municipal office, but also holds weddings and you can visit one unusual museum.
Today we look to the English Channel coast. Our goal this time will be the famous Seven Sisters, which extends between Seaford and Eastbourne in the south of England.
The Gateway to the World. This is the nickname of a port city in south England sitting on the meeting of the Itchen and Test rivers.
Today, we spend a day in the city of Bath. The city is located in Avon Valley between the Mendip Hills and the Cotswolds Hills. The name of the city is linked to its purpose. The city lays on 2 thousand yer old Roman baths. Moreover, the city features amazing Georgian houses which are incredibly well preserved. The city was listed in UNESCO's world heritage in 1987.
We come back across the Atlantic from the US to Europe, to the Great Britain.
A fort of the Taff. This is the meaning of the name of the capital of Wales, which is a major part of the kingdom of Great Britain. About 3 million people live in Wales.
Several months that as a college student I have spent in England, I used not only to gather some life experiences and to improve my CV but also to learn about interesting places. One of them was a beautiful water castle known as Bodiam Castle.
After or Genoa walks we move northwest, to Great Britain and its capital, London.
Last week we have seen one of the most famous district of London, Soho. Once it was a red light district. Today, however, we move on.
After the visit at beautiful Trafalgar Square we continue to see another sights in London.
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