Close to plenty of hotels and guesthouses, the BBC Bristol Broadcasting House, offers fascinating guided tours where you can learn about the history of British radio and television, and the numerous BBC programmes that have been produced in Bristol.
The History of BBC Bristol
The Broadcasting House, founded in 1934, has grown rapidly over the years and is now home to BBC West, the BBC's Natural History Unit, and other major departments. The BBC Bristol radio station, which went live in 1970, helped raise £3,000 for charity during the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, and has been an essential source of local news and entertainment ever since.
Visit the Watershed media centre, which is the oldest purpose-built media centre in the country, opened in 1982. Established in a former warehouse, it has numerous private functions venues and cinemas, and has numerous visual arts displays, theatre performances, concerts and other cultural events.
Other Places to Visit in Bristol
One of Bristol's most iconic historic landmarks is Christ Church on Clifton Down, which was built in a Gothic revival theme in the early Victorian period and is 65 metres high. Another acclaimed attraction is the Bristol Aquarium, which is very close to the luxurious Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, an exclusive four star venue next to the historic College Green and just metres from the Norman cathedral.
BBC Bristol - Adjacent to a Leading University
The broadcasting centre is close to one of Britain's most prestigious higher education centres, the University of Bristol, which in 2009 celebrated the 100th anniversary of its Royal Charter. One of Britain's selective Russell Group Universities, it is associated with numerous Nobel Prize winners, and has one of Britain's oldest student unions.
Other Places to Stay near BBC Bristol
For easy access to the University of Bristol and the city's main shopping district, consider the luxury Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, which offers opulent rooms in a charismatic Victorian house. Alternatively, you could book a stay at the affordable Ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay, which is very close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, where you can take direct trains to London, Birmingham and other major United Kingdom cities.