About Amy B
Lives in Norfolk, United Kingdom
Since Jun 2015
35-49 year old female
Before welcoming our daughter into the world, myself and my husband travelled a lot, chasing the best scuba diving and food around the world! Having lived in London, and Jersey (Channel Islands), we have settled in Norfolk, and now spend our time exploring East Anglia with our dog Sandy, as well as looking for family and budget-friendly holidays in the UK and further afield. And the odd adults-only trip for us both!
Architectural Buildings, Speciality Museums
Science Museums, Observatories & Planetariums
Historic Sites, History Museums, Speciality Museums
Art Galleries, Art Museums, History Museums
Bristol's redeveloped city docks is the buzzing entertainment centre for Bristolians and visitors alike, and you literally won't be able to miss the M Shed, housed in a disused dockside transit shed on the south side of the floating harbour. Celebrating all things Bristol, it is the perfect place to start your cultural tour of the city.
Visit the Great Western Dockyard, ten minutes' walk west along the south side of the harbour from M Shed, to marvel at Brunel's steamship SS Great Britain. Housed in the dry dock where she was originally built in 1839, a visit aboard the ship includes entry to the fascinating Dockyard Museum, which tells the ship's story.
Brunel's other great gift to Bristol, the Suspension Bridge, is absolutely stunning and a must-see while you are in the city. Cross the Bridge first to really appreciate it before heading inside to the Visitor Centre.
For more information and insights into the history of the Suspension Bridge, head to the Visitor Centre at the Leigh Woods end. It is free to enter and really informative. Discover all about the original Bridge design competition, its build and ongoing maintenance.
Back at the Harbourside you'll find the Arnolfini arts centre and gallery. Housed in a Grade II listed converted tea warehouse, it is free to enter the building and exhibition spaces, and there's an excellent arts shop and the Reading Room library to explore while you're there.
The Architecture Centre is right next door to the Arnolfini on the Harbourside. The organisation hosts exhibitions and talks, and also carries out some fascinating youth and outreach projects, championing better buildings and places for all.
At-Bristol is a fantastic science and discovery centre based in Millennium Square on the north side of the harbour. The family-friendly centre has some great, interactive exhibits, as well as a 3D planetarium. Millennium Square itself is also a lovely place for visitors of all ages to spend some time. The area boasts water features, sculptures and a BBC big screen, and keep an eye out as many of the city's festivals and events are held here.
Ten minutes' walk up the hill from At-Bristol is the lovely Georgian House Museum, located on Great George Street. This 1790s building is set up as a period house museum and is free to enter. A real step back in time to the Bristol of times gone by, kids of all ages are bound to love it.
An absolutely stunning and imposing building at the top of Park Street on Queens Road, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of art, archaeology and geology. Natural history exhibits housed here include the obligatory dinosaurs, lots of fossils, and some great Egyptian displays that are sure to keep the kids entertained.
Bristol's finest and leading art gallery, the Royal West of England Academy, champions art and design, and is well worth a visit for a number of reasons. Just five minutes' walk up Queens Street from the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, it is home to some great pieces of British artwork, including works by Turner and Constable, as well as a fantastic arts shop and a good cafe.