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Bristol is regarded as the capital of the South West of England. Lively yet laid-back, Bristol blends its rich maritime heritage with an innovative, dynamic culture, making it one of the most cosmopolitan centres outside London. It is also a leader on the green scene and has an enviable cycling culture, as well as being named European Green capital 2015.

Compact enough to get around on foot, yet big enough to boast an exciting line-up of entertainment, Bristol has much to offer. The city's most celebrated sights include the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the 19th century.

There are fine museums and galleries, many of which are free to enter including M Shed. Attractions such as Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol Aquarium and At-Bristol Science Centre, make Bristol a particularly family-friendly destination.

There are award-winning restaurants in the Harbourside, including the very popular Bordeaux Quay, global cuisine in St Nicholas Market, and independent cafés on Park Street and Gloucester Road.

The city is a mecca for shoppers looking for high street fashion and designer brands. The Bristol Shopping Quarter in the heart of the city centre has hundreds of shops including Harvey Nichols.

Not to be missed is Bristols ever-evolving street art scene, made famous by the elusive graffiti artist Banksy whose original murals can be seen around the city.

For information about getting around the city, including bicycle hire and ferry boat rides, visit the Tourist Information Centre at 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, or contact 0044 906 711 2191 (calls charged at 50p per minute plus network extras) or click here .

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