Step on board the most extraordinary time-machine. Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner is Bristol’s no.1 attraction..
Brunel’s SS Great Britain has enjoyed over 170 years of adventure, travelled a million miles at sea and been around the world 32 times. It’s been an incredible journey and it’s far from over.
Tells the story of our world in every display, from the beginning of time to the present day.
19 galleries over 3 floors reveal fascinating cultures, ancient civilisations, human invention and creativity, as well as showcasing our beautiful and fragile natural world.
A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens.
Visitors will come face-to-face with over 400 species of exotic, endangered and adorable animals from the four corners of the globe.
Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is the history museum of Bristol that tells the story of our city.
The 1950s transit shed has been transformed into a museum. Thought-provoking and fun, M Shed challenges the perceptions of what it has meant to live here over the centuries through the recollections of the people who shaped the city.
Glenside Hospital Museum houses collections relating to the history of Bristol Psychiatric and Learning Disability Hospitals.
The Museum, set within the grounds of the building which opened in 1861 as The Bristol Lunatic Asylum, tells the 130 year story of a psychiatric hospital.
Our vision is to position art as central to society, which we do in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers.
Visitor Centre is open 10am to 5pm every day throughout the year. Free guided tours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to October - and you may spot volunteer 'Explainers' out on the bridge in orange high-vis jackets, ready to share amazing information about the history of the bridge with you!
The spectacular Bristol Aquarium in Bristol's historic Harbourside area takes you and your family and friends on a spectacular undersea safari.
Bristol Aquarium showcases native and tropical marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally-themed habitats.
Brandon Hill is the oldest park in Bristol, where you can enjoy great views over the city and Harbourside area.
Cabot Tower was designed by the Bristol architect William Venn Gough and paid for by public subscription, the tower is built from red sandstone covered with cream Bath stone.
Step into a secret world and discover a unique heritage site in the heart of Bristol, as you enter 45 green acres of spectacular Victorian Garden Cemetery.
There are exhibitions ranging from Victorian origins to modern day stories in the West Lodge and Spielman Crypt.
Via M5: Exit junction 18, follow A4 (Portway) to the centre. At the promenade (St Augustine’s Parade) turn left into Colston Street.
Via M4: Exit junction 19 (M32). Follow signs to Clifton. Look out for the brown signs directing you to Colston Hall.
Temple Meads, the nearest station, is about one mile from Colston Hall. Buses 8 and 9 run directly run directly to the city centre promenade.
Most buses to the city centre stop at the promenade, where we recommend you alight for Colston Hall. We are situated on Colston Street, behind Colston Tower.
Bristol airport is 8km (5m) from the Centre and the Airport flyer bus service every 10 minutes for most of the day.