Bristol Airport is a commercial airport that serves airlines flying to Bristol, a city in England. Located around eight miles southwest from the city centre, it is the major hub for major airline carriers like easyJet and Ryanair. Other airlines housed by Bristol Airport are Aer Lingus Regional, Aurigny, Blue Island, BMI Regional, Brussels Airlines, KLM, and Private Air Charter.
The airport transitioned from being called the Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport in 1957 to Bristol International Airport in 1997 to 2010.
At present, it serves not only Bristol but also other counties in United Kingdom like Gloucestershire and Somerset and the district of West Wiltshire.
What to see & do
A city in United Kingdom that has sustained its cultural appeal, Bristol is considered as the fourth top destination in England. Although the eighth most populous city in the UK, with a 421,000 population as of this year, Bristol prides of its diversity where the place makes sure there is something for each and every one.
There are major festivals held in Bristol every summer. The city is also known for its rich architecture (Georgian and Victorian), wide array of music, maritime history, aerospace industry and civil engineering, and even things like cider and the stop-animation, Wallace and Gromit.
During World War II, Bristol has suffered damages from bomb explosions, but has been recovering ever since. Today, Bristol is seen as one of the most beautiful cities in United Kingdom. The city is famous for its diverse culture. This is evident in the many museums the city has. One of which is the M Shed, a social history museum in Prince Wharf that narrates the story of Bristol and its people. Another is Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in Central Bristol, where it displays a variety of artefacts—from dinosaurs to paintings. It is said to be the largest museum in the region.
Tourists may also stop at the city’s most famous landmark, the Cifton Suspension Bridge, which is always open for visitors.
When it comes to recreational activities, Bristol has a lot to offer. Tourists may check the planetarium At-Bristol located at Anchor Road, Harbourside, where they can explore space interactive. Bristol Zoo Gardens and Blue Reef Aquarium also showcase amazing wildlife and sea creatures that children would enjoy. There is also the Cabot Circus at Central Bristol which cost around £500 million and took over three years to finish.
How to get around within Bristol
Bristol can be toured around by foot since most of the city’s roads are reasonably walkable. Central streets are painted with pedestrian lanes and there walking routes along the docksides. However, some of the locals go around the city by riding their bikes or taking the train. There are many bike paths and routes around Bristol. The train, or the Bristol Temple Meads, meanwhile, can take a passenger to many U.K. cities. Local train services include the Severn Beach that goes through Lawrence Hill and Stapleton Road, Montpelier, Redland, and Clifton Down. Stopping services serve Parson Street, Bedminster, and Filton Abbey Wood. There are also bus services, run by operators like First Bristol, Wessex Connect, Buglers, and Abus, plying a circular route in Bristol’s major destinations. Visitors have to note that some large buses of First Bristol may not be reliable so it is advised to countercheck the schedules on their website and what is posted at the bus stops. Car and taxi rentals are also available in the city.
How to get there
At the moment, there are 18 airlines flying to Bristol from different parts of the world, with easyJet and RyanAir having the most international flights. Both airlines mentioned fly from over 80 destinations like Barcelona, Dublin, Brussels, Berlin, Madrid, and Prague, among others. Most carriers also offer domestic and seasonal flights.