Historical Attractions

With such a rich history, Bristol has many historical attractions dating back to various times in its past. Some of the most notable attractions have been listed below.
  • Bristol Castle
    Bristol's castle was originally a timber motte and bailey, built under Norman rule. Its construction was doubtless ordered by William the Conqueror, who owned Bristol.

  • Bristol Cathedral
    This grade I listed building is the city's Church of England cathedral and offers much of interest, including unique architectural features, unusual memorials and a historic organ.

  • New Room
    An historic building in Broadmead, Bristol. Built in 1739, it is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world, and was the cradle of the early Methodist movement.

  • City Walls and Gates
    Bristol was surrounded by a defensive wall, originally laid out on four main streets - High Street, Corn Steet, Broad Street and Wine Street. These streets still exist today.

  • Bristol Bridge
    Bristol's original bridge crossed the River Avon and inspired the name of the Saxon era market town 'Brycgstow' (meaning "place by the bridge" in Old English). This bridge underwent several rebuilds over the centuries and still exists today.

  • The Nails
    The Nails are four brass tables known as "nails" with flat tops and raised edges, preventing coins from falling to the pavement. They dating from the 16th and 17th centuries where merchants carried out their business.