The Travel and Tourism Society and Gateway team organised a trip to Bristol this weekend. Thirteen of our students departed London Victoria Coach station aboard the National Express at 7.30 am. Although the level of excitement was high, it was a rough morning for many. Getting up at 5 am at this time of the year was not easy. But Bristol was definitely worth it!
Upon arrival, the group decided to split up. There were different types of traveller seeking different experiences out of their trip. However, the majority of the students were a bunch of creative individuals looking to discover Bristol by immersing themselves in the culture, art and people. This happened without a plan but a blend of spontaneity and impulsiveness. It is probably the best way to discover places rather than sticking to the main “Touristy” activities.
Bristol is home to the famous but anonymous artist Banksy, who started his career as a graffiti artist in the 1990’s. Banksy’s works are known to be witty with a twist of dark humour. Banksy transformed the city into an outdoor gallery and inspired other street artists to continuously paint the walls and buildings with colourful graffiti.
One his most popular piece of work is the “Well hung lover”
some more graffiti and art!
Graffiti discovered under the bridge where the Well Hung Lover by Banksy can be seen
The paint pot Angel by Banksy
The famous lady of Stokes Croft mural
The Breakdancing Jesus
Walking through the city led them to the Harbourside of Bristol where once it was the spot merchants and sailors to trade goods. Now it is a vibrant area filled with restaurants, bars and local handcraft markets.
Bristol’s iconic row of colored houses could also be seen from the harbour in Clifton wood.
After having lunch by the water, it was a long walk and hike to get to the Clifton suspension bridge of Bristol. It was a beautiful adventure of getting lost while heading to the bridge.
If you want to be part of the next adventure, visit the Gateway for more information about the Travel and Tourism Society.