An area of human activity since Saxon times, Bristol Castle Park is one of Bristol's most popular public spaces, originally dominated by a grand castle built soon after the invasion of William the Conqueror in the 11th Century. It's close to a good selection of hotels, from high-end four star establishments to value-for-money guesthouses.
About the Old Bristol Castle
Although you can still observe some fragments of this structure at Bristol Castle Park, the building was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's command during the English Civil War in the 17th Century. Fortunately, the castle moat, covered in the early Victorian period, is still used for boating, and is overlooked by the remains of St. Peter's Church and St. Mary-le-Port Church, both of which were damaged during the Bristol Blitz.
More About St. Peter's Church and St. Mary-Le-Port Church
Dating back to at least the 12th Century, St. Peter's Church is now an important Second World War memorial site and was adjacent to St. Peter's Hospital, originally the Mint Workhouse. St. Mary le Port Church has existed since the Saxon era, when this area was already home to a pottery industry, and was expanded later in the Middle Ages.
Other Points of Interest near Bristol Castle Park
The park is very close to the Bristol Shopping Quarter, where you can find hundreds of stores and a great mix of restaurants and bars. It's also within walking distance of the much-loved Bristol Hippodrome, the well-preserved Georgian-themed Queen Square, and the 12th century St. James' Priory. Near the southern part of Bristol Castle Park is the exquisite Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, where you can find luxury four star rooms with deep soaking tubs, free internet access, and 24-hour room service.
Also near Bristol Castle Park is family-themed Bristol Aquarium, and the At-Bristol Science centre where you can see a fascinating collection of science-related artefacts and a large planetarium. Close by is the affordable ibis Bristol Centre, hotel, which provides elegant, contemporary three star accommodation with coffee-making facilities and free internet access. Wherever you stay in the city, you'll also benefit from comfortable bedding, decent-sized rooms, and friendly receptions where you can seek advice on things to see and do during your stay in Bristol.