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Friday, February 6, 2015


Bristol – Fusion of Georgian & Victorian Architecture

Bristol is a county in south West England having an estimated population of 437,500 inhabitants in 2014. It is England’s sixth and United Kingdom’s 8th most populous city.Set in the midst of a historic harbour, Bristol is a commercial, creative and bustling city.

 It is lively, dynamic, cosmopolitan as well as ambitious and its cityscape is fusion of elegant Georgian as well as Victorian architecture with amazing modern buildings and developments. Bristol takes pride in award winning and internationally acclaimed cultural institutions, world class events as well as festivals with enticing markets and shops.

 It is an amazing destination for leisure as well as for business.In 1155, Bristol had received a Royal charter and was a part of Gloucestershire till 1373 when it became a county in its own right. Between the 13th to the 18th century, it ranked among the top three English cities following London together with York and Norwich with regards to tax receipts till the rise of Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution. The city is built around the River Avon and has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary that flows in the Bristol Channel.

World’s Top Ten Cities – DK Eyewitness

With great developments like the opening of Cabot Circus, the city’s new £500 million shopping and leisure quarter, together with the final phases of the impressive harbour side developments, the city is heading towards exciting times for the future.Bristol has been selected as one of the World’s top ten cities to visit, in 2009 by DK Eyewitness, the world’s best-selling guidebook publisher while other cities included in the list are Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Fes, Gdansk, Seattle (USA), Washington DC and Vilnius.

Besides this, it is also one of the first cycling cities in the UK and European Green Capital for 2015. In 2008, several days after being recognised as a potential European Green Capital, Bristol was announced as the `UK’s Most Sustainable City’ in a separate independent assessment taken up by Forum for the Future. Moreover, Bristol was also crowned `European City of the Year’, at the annual awards which was held by the Academy of Urbanism, comprising of 100 members of industry-leading architect, engineers, planners, developers and designers.

Best Shopping Centre in Europe

Bristol is street party capital of the UK and its new £500 million retail development, Cabot Circus also won the `Best Shopping Centre in Europe’ award at the 2008 MAPIC International Retail Development Conference in Cannes. Bristol’s prosperity is linked with the sea, right from earlier days and the Port of Bristol was originally in the city centre before it was moved to the Seven Estuary at Avonmouth; Royal Portbury Dock is towards the western edge of the city.

The economy in recent years depended on the creative media, aerospace and electronics industries and the city centre docks have been regenerated as centre of culture heritage. Bristol, being a major seaport, has a long history of trading commodities, like wool cloth exports, and imports of fish, grain, wine and dairy products and later on tobacco, tropical fruits, and plantation goods. Major import products presently are motor vehicles, timber, and fresh produce and petroleum products. Bristol is an amazing historical city to visit and explore.

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