Day Trip To Bristol.
Imagine walking 10-15 miles, then sleeping on a bench in an airport, for all of 2 hours. Now imagine deciding to go on a day trip to Bristol the day after that. For some insane reason James and I (okay it was just me) decided that this was a smart idea.
Bristol Airport to City Center
We flew back to Bristol International Airport from Dublin at about 8 am, and got on the bus back to the train station. However, instead of getting off at the train station we got off one stop earlier in the heart of the city. James was already missing a class that Monday due to our flight, and I didn’t have any classes on Monday so we decided to sight see.
St. Mary Redcliffe Church
Immediately across the bus stop, was the St. Mary Redcliffe Church, a must see according to Pinterest. We also really needed to use the bathroom. The Church is free to enter for visitors and is quite beautiful. I have always admired the ornate beauty of the Churches and Cathedrals we have come across in the U.K.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
One of the things we were told is a must for visitors to Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s at the top of a massive hill, just outside the city center. We decided to hike up there early in the morning to make it easier on us. as it was still early, and supposed to be a bit of a hike, we would do that first thing while the sun wasn’t as strong and then see the rest of our sites later on.
James and I were literally stripping off layers as we ascended the hill towards the bridge, and stopped a handful of times to catch our breaths. I may, or may not have looked for a walking stick to finish the trek. However, it was 100% worth the climb. Finally we got to the top and as we approached the bridge I could see why so many people told us to do the hike. The bridge connected the town over a massive gorge below us and the view was stunning.
Fun fact, my snap chat filter said we were 275 ft in the air.
While on the bridge we saw there was another view point higher up and we decided to hike up to it. Another awful hill later and we were at the Clifton Camp, which was very scenic. We could see over the bridge as Bristol from afar. While the hike to the top was trying, it was a very lovely afternoon. James and I decided to have lunch up on the hill overlooking the bridge – best date ever. The walk down the hill and back to Bristol was far easier than the walk up. Though there were many instances where I felt like I would just roll down the hill because it was so steep and my legs already felt like jello, but we made it out in one piece.
Brandon Hill Park & Cabot Tower
On our way back down we stopped at Brandon Hill Park. Cabot Tower, a real life Rapunzel’s Tower is located in the park. I could literally envision a prince standing where I was, yelling “Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair.” In our infinite wisdom, we decided another trek was what we needed and we climbed all 108 steps of the Cabot Tower. It was a bit dizzying going up and around on narrow steps but well worth the view of Bristol.
Bristol City Center
After our climb down the tower, we decided to walk down to the city and check out the harbor that we spotted from the tower. The Floating Harbor was truthfully just like any other. Exploring some more we came across the Bristol Cathedral and City Hall. After roaming around for twenty minutes we made our way back to the train station to catch our train home.
Total Cost: £53.10
- Return train ticket from Exeter St. David’s to Bristol : £53.10
*Keep in mind our main destination was to Bristol airport because we went to Dublin, so this cost was allotted to two trips! We took the connecting bus back to the city instead of the rail station, and just walked to the rail station from the city*
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