Bristol combines the tradition of a historic port city with the atmosphere of a fast-paced, dynamic and modern metropolis. Bristol has a reputation for innovation, from the launch of Brunel’s steam ship Great Britain to the first flight of Concorde. Bristol is home to a year round programme of events, festivals, music and clubbing venues and restaurants and shops.
The Millennium Square forms one of the centrepieces of the redeveloped Harbourside, forming part of the At-Bristol complex. Several pieces of public art grace this piazza, including a number of large water sculptures and statues of Bristol legends such as Cary Grant and William Tyndale. Dominating the space is the At-Bristol Planetarium, a giant mirrored sphere. The large plasma screen often shows sporting events and live art performances for example from the Royal Opera House.
In the Stoke Croft area of the city, an alternative hub of music, street art, and community action can be found. Walk down Gloucester Road and see the home-grown shops and cafés which sit alongside small music venues and art galleries. This is where you’ll find Banksy’s mural ‘The Mild, Mild West’, voted Alternative Landmark of Bristol.