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Holiday Inn Express Bristol - Filton

Local Area


Don't Go Home Without

A 20-minute drive from the hotel, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol's best-known icons. A masterpiece of Victorian engineer and architect Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this 1864 bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon. That means a walk across the bridge, ending in leafy Leigh Woods, yields some impressive views - if you're not afraid of heights, that is.

Must See

Near the Clifton Suspension Bridge are The Downs, a large public park. At the centre, the Clifton Observatory, built into a one-time snuff mill, houses a camera obscura. Like a giant pinhole camera, this darkened room at the top of the building takes "pictures" of the surrounding countryside and projects them onto a wall, making for vivid panoramic views.

Must Do

The city of Bath, just over half an hour's drive from the hotel, has been a place of rest and recuperation since Roman times. In addition to the preserved Roman bath ruins, you can visit the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa and the Royal Crescent, a row of striking Georgian townhouses laid out in a semicircle. The American Museum in Britain near the University of Bath displays American folk art.

Local Tips

If you're a fan of street art, keep your eyes peeled for works by Bristolian guerrilla artist Banksy. The city's M Shed museum displays the "Grim Reaper", moved from its original location on the side of a boat. At the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, you can spot "Paint Pot Angel". A short drive from the hotel on Fishponds Road, look out for the bright pink mask on the "Masked Gorilla".

Nearby Attractions

  • Cabot Circus shopping centre
  • Bristol Hippodrome theatre
  • O2 Academy Bristol music venue
  • Royal West of England Academy of Art
  • Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City F.C
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens
  • Millenium Stadium Cardiff
  • Brunel's SS Great Britain museum ship
  • Bristol Harbourside restaurants, cafés and bars
  • The Roman Baths in the city of Bath
  • National Trust Tyntesfield house and estate
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Stonehenge Visitor Centre
  • The Mall at Cribbs Causeway shopping
  • Cotswold District
  • Weston Super Mare traditional seaside resort
  • Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Digital 3D planetarium at @Bristol science centre
  • Gromit Unleashed 2