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Bristol is one of England's largest cities and lies between Somerset and Gloucestershire with the famous spa town of Bath close by. A busy port since Anglo-Saxon times, the tidal waters of the River Avon led to local shipbuilders developing superior skills to build robust vessels capable of withstanding becoming beached in low tide, hence the expression "shipshape and Bristol fashion". Isambard Kingdom Brunel lived and worked in Bristol and built the floating harbour, locks, bridges and the famous SS Great Britain which is now one of the city's top attractions. Boasting an Aquarium, Zoo and Science Centre in addition to several fantastic museums the city offers plenty of fun things to do for children and adults alike. Nearby Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves are popular fun destinations, while the Gothic mansion of Tyntesfield and Berkeley Castle offer the opportunity to explore local history in more depth.
Visitors to Bristol can take their pick from a wide selection of hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. The city boasts a comprehensive choice of hotels, from four-star luxury establishments, many of them based around the popular harbour offering spectacular views, to more purse-friendly family hotels, there are options to suit every budget. Guest houses and B&Bs range from cosy to sumptuous, with many boasting features and furnishings that you would expect to find in a boutique hotel. Bristol plays host to a number of events and festivals throughout the year, so booking in advance is strongly recommended.
In addition to its port, Bristol boasts an airport, two railway stations and excellent motorway and road links with the rest of the UK. There are good transport facilities within the city including buses, taxis and a number of ferry services operating in and around the harbour area.