North Bristol, home to many pleasant public parks and some of the biggest employers in the south-west, has a wide range of hotels catering to different tastes and budgets. A short drive from north Bristol is the Second Severn Crossing, a magnificent cable-stayed and segmental bridge that was completed in 1996, 30 years after the completion of the original Severn Crossing, a little further upstream above the Severn Estuary.
North Bristol - Home to the University of the West of England
Receiving official University status in 1992, the University of the West of England is the largest educational institution in the region and was where Samantha Cameron, the wife of David Cameron, studied a Fine Art degree. The university attracts students from dozens of countries all over the world, and provides more than 600 courses in more than a dozen departments.
If you're visiting friends and family studying at the university and need affordable accommodation nearby, consider the Holiday Inn Express Bristol North, which provides easy access to the motorway network and offers a tasty free breakfast and stylish rooms with free WiFi.
The Location of the Ministry Of Defence Abbey Wood
The home of Britain's Defence Equipment and Support, employing thousands of staff, the Ministry Of Defence Abbey Wood is used by the British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. It's adjacent to the Filton Abbey Wood railway station, which offers regular direct trains to Bristol Parkway and other destinations such as Cheltenham and Swindon.
If you're looking for deluxe self-catering accommodation within walking distance of the Ministry Of Defence Abbey Wood, stay at the Bristol Serviced Bristol Serviced Lettings - Filton, which has immaculate apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes.
The Blaise Castle Estate
A must-see if you're a fan of grand Georgian houses, the Blaise Castle Estate near Henbury is a remarkable Grade II-Listed home overlooking beautiful parkland. An inspiration for Jane Austen, one of Britain's leading novelists, it was built for the rich banker John Scandrett Harford, a Quaker and key campaigner for the abolition of slavery in Britain in the early 19th Century. Just minutes from the estate is the delightful Best Western Henbury Lodge Hotel, which offers sophisticated three star accommodation with free WiFi and iPod docks.