Bristol Temple Church is one of Bristol's most iconic historic landmarks, just a short walk from the city's lively harbourside and Temple Meads railway station.
Featuring Bristol's Very Own Leaning Tower
This fascinating medieval church, which suffered bombing during the Bristol Blitz, features a 15th century tower that leans alarmingly by more than five feet! Allegedly, this is due to the gradual compression of clay beneath the structure.
History of Bristol Temple Church
The Grade II-Listed building has existed since the 12th Century and was once under the control of the Knights Hospitaller until King Henry VIII ordered the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. The church overlooks a Neo-Gothic arched entrance and the picturesque Temple Gardens, and was excavated shortly after the Second World War, when archaeologists discovered the plan of the original church. Interestingly, attempts were made in the 15th Century to correct the tower's lean, although over the centuries it has continued to protract further from its original position.
Hotels near Bristol Temple Church
If you're visiting Bristol on business, consider a hotel with conference facilities, such as the stylish Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre or the regal Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel. The city also has a good variety of budget-friendly hotels such as Holiday Inn Express Bristol City Centre and the Clifton Hotel, which, like all hotels, provide comfortable accommodation with high-quality bedding.
Other Historic Attractions to Visit near the Bristol Temple Church
Bristol, as one of Britain's main medieval ports, has an impressive array of historic landmarks from different eras. See the attractive 1890s Cabot Tower on Brandon Hill, visit the magnificent cathedral, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery before heading to the At-Bristol science museum. If you have time, you could also take a short drive to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, a genuine Victorian masterpiece designed by the pioneering engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
WiFi at Your Bristol Hotel
The vast majority of hotels and guesthouses near Bristol Temple Church provide WiFi access so you can always stay up to date with your emails and social media. Some provide this service free of charge, and numerous Bristol hotels also provide high-speed internet connections.