This year, for the first time, Kailani has included Bristol in its itinerary, cruising the River Avon from Bath to Bristol and return. The Avon is a beautiful river and the scenery along the way is lovely.
As a port, Bristol was dominant along the coast of the Severn Estuary. The port and the city prospered with local trade from Ireland to the English Midlands, where goods were transferred into barges at Bewdley. Tobacco, timber, rum, cotton and sugar were imported, while glass, brass, soap and cotton goods were exported. Today Bristol has a water-bound leisure facility in place of its once proud docks.
There are plenty of sights and places to visit in Bristol.
The Cathedral is a major example of a ‘hall’ church, which is one of the finest in the world. Its Nave, Choir and Aisles are all of the same height.
SS Great Britain, constructed by the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is a prominent feature in the floating harbour and is well worth a visit. Our mooring in the harbour was directly opposite the ship, making it a wonderful sight on a glorious afternoon.
The city museum and art gallery have exhibitions, fascinating objects and art from around the world.
Requiring just a short walk from the harbour, the Clifton suspension bridge is worth seeing. Also designed by Brunel, it was completed in 1864. There is also a visitor’s centre here which we found very informative.
The Watersheds, originally dockside warehouses and transit sheds, now contains the Museum of Bristol Life. Some of the finest views of the harbour and beyond can be gained from the upper areas. It is also the home of Bristol Art Centre with a wide mix of entertainment.
A little further can be found Bristol Zoo, which breeds endangered species and supports conservation projects worldwide.
The City centre also has one or two shops for those requiring retail therapy!
In 2017 our itinerary includes four routes starting or ending in Bristol, also with time to visit.