For a compelling glimpse into this medieval maritime city's profound industrial heritage, visit the M Shed museum (formerly the Bristol Industrial Museum), which was founded in 2011 and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
What to See at the M Shed
This gallery is home to the oldest tugboat in the world, the Mayflower, which was built in the city in the 1860s and was designed to be used on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal to the northwest. The museum now contains thousands of exhibits, and has a special Windows on Bristol mural where you can see the city's historic buildings in graffiti form melded into a dinosaur shape.
In addition, the M Shed has a model of the Rolls-Royce Pegasus engine that was manufactured in the 1950s, and is also home to a souvenir shop and a café where you can enjoy a refreshing coffee and tasty snacks.
Affordable Hotels near the M Shed
Consider the three star Ibis Bristol Centre, which is conveniently located close to the Floating Harbour and has 182 stylish rooms with coffee-making facilities. Most affordable hotels in Bristol also provide Wi-Fi access, which may be available free of charge or for a minor daily or hourly supplement.
Places To Visit Close By
Walk across the Prince Street bridge to Queen Square, which is probably Bristol's most attractive public space, overlooked by many grand Georgian and Victorian landmarks. Spend some time at the fantastic Arnolfini art exhibition, then head to At-Bristol, a leading science museum with many fascinating hands-on exhibits.
Bristol is also noted for its Red Lodge Museum, a fine 16th century building that now forms part of the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery and has a well-preserved 18th century Print Room and a scenic Elizabethan-style Knot Garden.
Luxury Accommodation near the M Shed
You could book a stay at the exclusive Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa, which is a short stroll from the M Shed and provides refined four star accommodation and excellent leisure facilities. Another luxury hotel nearby is the four star Bristol Hotel, which is just minutes from the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and has immaculate rooms with free WiFi.