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Bristol, the cool side of Great Britain.

Bristol truly surprises. Great Britain’s large industrial and commercial hub is known around the globe for its paper production, but it also hides spectacular experiences to be had amid its streets and alleyways.

In southwest England, on the banks of the River Avon, which flows from Wales to England, passing just a few kilometres from the city, Bristol is rife with attractions. Perhaps the most spectacular of them all, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a civil engineering feat and the symbol of the city, offering visitors a breath-taking panoramic view out onto the Avon Gorge for the last 150 years. From March to October, thrill seekers will delight in a hot air balloon ride to take it all in, in addition to the International Balloon Fiesta, held in August.

Yet Bristol is more than pretty sites; it’s also the birthplace of internationally-renowned musicians and artists. A hub of pioneering trip-hop, dubstep and drum & bass, this is where Massive Attack got its start. Bristol was also the first ‘canvas’ for the now-famous street artist Banksy, whose original pieces can still be admired around town.

Last but not least, don’t miss the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, the splendid twelfth-century cathedral and the At-Bristol Science Centre (better known as We The Curious), which can boast of having England’s first 3-D planetarium.

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