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Aerial Bristol: five things to look out for

05/05/2014 Jo Bailey Features

The city of Bristol is located in the South West of England. Over the years, it has been visited by some of the best architects, engineers and naturalists that the world has ever known and, as a result, it is one of the most visually interesting cities in the UK. Whether you are into architecture, maritime concerns or the natural world, you will find lots of interesting things to admire from the unique vantage point of Bristol from above.

Taking a hot air balloon ride for an aerial view of Bristol is a much recommended way to explore the unique city. Even the most mundane things will offer tons of inspiration when viewed from above; however, Bristol is home to so many interesting landmarks and points of interest that one need not worry about the mundane on a hot air balloon ride through the city.

Here are just five of the most interesting things you should look out for when viewing Bristol from a balloon:

Avon Gorge

Avon Gorge is a 1.5 mile natural landscape feature that runs along the River Avon in Bristol. It runs straight through a limestone ridge that has been carved out by centuries of natural activity. To the east of the gorge, you will find the Downs, which is a large park. There are also three Iron Age forts in the gorge area, which are great to see from above.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a fine feat of engineering and the one thing which Bristol hot air balloonists must not miss out on. If you think the bridge is impressive from the ground, you will be absolutely blown away by the sight of the bridge from above. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the bridge was completed in 1864 after 33 years of hard work.

SS Great Britain and Maritime Heritage Centre

The SS Great Britain was the biggest ship in the world when it was built in 1843. Launched by Prince Albert, the record breaking ship was able to reach speeds of 12 knots thanks to the iron hull and steam powered propeller, which were part of its revolutionary design. Maritime enthusiasts will be pleased to know that, despite a rocky history, the ship has been restored to all its glory and is now open to visitors. However, it is even more of a spectacle when viewed from the unique vantage point offered by a hot air balloon in Bristol.

King’s Weston Roman Villa

History bods will delight in viewing this 1,600 year old villa from the skies. Mosaics, wooden huts, and original walls all grace this extremely interesting historical site.

Mendip Hills

No aerial expedition of Bristol would be complete without a flight over the Mendip Hills. These brilliant limestone hills range from the southernmost part of Bristol and nearby bath, encompassing Weston-super-Mare and Frome as they travel westwards. They are surrounded by rugged woodland and stunning wildlife, including beautiful birds and butterflies that visitors will have difficulty spotting elsewhere.

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