Bristol – Best historical cities to visit in the UK
Bristol city is in the southwest of England only an hour and a half away from London.
The busy city has a unique mix of history, culture and heritage with its Georgian architecture, historic woodlands, and beautiful coastline and is a major hub in the national road and rail networks and the Bristol airport serves dozens of European and transatlantic destinations.
Bristol’s history dates back to Anglo-Saxon times when a settlement known as Brigstowe (a place of settlement by the bridge), grew up between the Rivers Avon and Frome.
The diversion of the River Frome gave extra quayside space and increased Bristol’s capacity as a port, allowing direct trade with Europe as well as the English and welsh coastal towns.
Bristol became England’s second city and one of the most economically and culturally important cities in Europe as well as a major port and manufacturing centre.
During the 17th and 18th centuries Bristol’s maritime industry boomed and the city grew due to railways, engineering, manufacturing, commerce and communications.
Brick warehouse, Bristol, UK
Bristol’s Harbour is one of the most interesting and historic ports in Britain with beautiful views and a fascinating heritage and the city has over 450 parks and green spaces, including Queen Square which is a Georgian square with 2.4-hectares of public open space of level lawns, wide gravel paths, and surrounded by Georgian town houses.
Grand Georgian architecture flourished in Bristol and other port cities (London, Liverpool) that made a huge amount of wealth from the transatlantic slave trade and other parts of the triangular trade.
The slave trade is intertwined with the sugar industry in Bristol.
In a previous post, I looked at Sugar and Slavery out of Bristol and in the next post I’ll look at Bristol’s Sugar places and true stories that grew into local myths.