Words by: Jane Ryan
Once a major industrial city with one of the county's largest ports, Bristol is still England's sixth largest city. It was through Bristol that much of the UK's sherry, port, rum and table wines were imported and expert blenders worked in the dockside warehouses making now famous brands. The name ‘Harvey's Bristol Cream’ is no coincidence.
The panoramic views over the Avon Gorge from Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge (you can also see his lovely passenger steamship SS Great Britain here) are a must see, and Bath with its famous Roman baths is only 11 minutes away by train.
Today much of Bristol's economy is driven by its large student population and this is evident in many of the city's bars. However, this is a city with a long and proud connection to the wine and spirit industries and perhaps consequently boasts more good bars of genuine character than many other larger cities.