Bristol is a city of 500,000, the largest city in South West England, and the ninth largest in the United Kingdom. The city sits in the valley of the River Avon a few miles upstream of its mouth on the Bristol Channel, with hills to the south, east and north. In the city centre the tidal Avon has been "floated" to produce the harbour, though industry has since moved downstream and the harbour turned to recreational and tourist use. To the west of the city the Avon cuts a gorge through the limestone hills, spanned by the city's most famous landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The city's architecture is varied, with many surviving mediaeval, georgian and victorian buildings, including the distinct "Bristol Byzantine" style of industrial architecture.
The Cabot Tower is a tall folly on Brandon Hill, a large hill near Clifton and the City Centre. This galley contains photos of much of the city taken from the top of the tower on a Febuary afternoon. (7 photos)
Castle Park is a small harbourside park in the city centre with a ruined church and castle. This gallery shows the park from a nearby building on all different seasons and times of day, plus an early summer morning walk through the deserted park (103 photos).
The River Avon flows through the city and bypasses the city center through the man-made 'New Cut', just south of the Floating Harbour. This gallery has photos of both the New Cut and the river further upstream where it follows its original course. Where the Floating Harbour meets the River they flow into the Avon Gorge which has its own gallery, and then on into the estuary at Avonmouth, which also features in this gallery. (311 photos)