One of the centrepieces of the redeveloped Harbourside, Millennium Square forms part of the At-Bristol complex but stands on its own as an attractive public space. Several pieces of public art grace this piazza, including several large water sculptures and statues of Bristol legends such as Cary Grant and William Tyndale. Dominating the space is the At-Bristol Planetarium, a giant mirrored sphere. The large plasma screen often shows sporting events and live arts performances - for example, from the Royal Opera House.
A short walk down Park Street brings you to College Green, Bristol Cathedral, and the Centre. Broadmead and Cabot Circus offer a comprehensive shopping experience, and the Bristol Hippodrome presents touring productions of West End hits.
One of the oldest streets in Bristol, Corn Street is dominated by an 18th-century building called the Exchange. Always a centre for the city's traders, the Exchange now houses St Nicholas Market, a large community of independent shops named by the Guardian as one of the ten best markets in the UK. Outside are four 17th-century tables called the Nails, on which merchants used to transact their business (and giving rise to the expression 'cash on the nail'). Corn Street is also the location of Bristol Farmers' Market, the Nails Market, and the Slow Food Market.
Bars, cafés, museums and footpaths line the Harbourside in Bristol’s city centre, which is a magnet for late-night revellers. On the river itself are floating restaurants, water taxis, and an abundance of smaller craft.
Chock-full of Georgian architecture, rambling lanes and green spaces, Clifton Village is a short walk from the Students’ Union. Goldney House, Manor Hall and several other student residences are close by, and the many bars and restaurants include the Avon Gorge Hotel’s White Lion Bar, with spectacular views of the Suspension Bridge and the Gorge.
Bristol’s independent spirit is at its fiercest in this area of the city, an alternative hub of music, street art, and community action. Homegrown shops and cafés sit alongside small music venues and art galleries. This is where you’ll find Banksy’s mural ‘The Mild, Mild West’, voted Alternative Landmark of Bristol.
Spanning the Avon Gorge, and connecting Clifton Village to the leafy environs of Stoke Bishop, Ashton Court and Leigh Woods, the Clifton Suspension Bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are magnificent views in every direction.
The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity (to give it its full name), founded in 1140, sits by College Green at the bottom of Park Street. It was constructed over a period of 700 years and has many unusual architectural features, including some unique vaulting and a rose window above the central doorway.