From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present


Coat of Arms

Bristol Cathedral

Clifton Suspension Bridge

SS Great Britain


Bristol is a ceremonial county in South West England. It is England's sixth and the United Kingdom's eighth most populous city.

Historically Bristol is split between Gloucestershire and Somerset, the city received a Royal charter in 1155 and was granted County status in 1373.

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment and education in the region. Its prosperity has been linked with the sea since its earliest days. The commercial Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before being moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth, Royal Portbury Dock is on the western edge of the city boundary.

In more recent years the economy has depended on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city centre docks have been regenerated as a centre of heritage and culture.