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A guide to arts and entertainment in Bristol

One of the most popular cities to relocate to in recent years has been the beautiful city of Bristol. However, should you not be thinking of relocating, this city is definitely worth a visit. The city is full of fine restaurants and trendy bars. If its culture is what you are after, you will certainly not be disappointed either. Here is a guide to the top ten cultural attractions.

Galleries and museums

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery This impressively spacious museum and art gallery covers the history of our civilisation from creation to now. Some 19 galleries are spread over the three floors, all of which are home to some of the best showcases around, all dedicated to art and archaeology as well as geology and natural history. It is definitely worth a visit or two. The Fleet Air Arm Museum This fascinating museum located in the Yeovilton area houses the largest collection of aircraft in the world and is home to a replica of a 1912 Short S27, the earliest model on display as well as the unrestored remains of the first aircraft to have taken part in a naval battle in 1916, the Short 184. Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate
This historic site includes a 19th century mansion, set in 400 acres of parkland and houses a social history collection that includes Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen and laundry equipments, model trains, dolls and toys as well as some stunning period costume.

Entertainment

The Watershed The Watershed is a huge complex media center devoted to encouraging creativity, invention and flair. Here, take in some independent films, digital media and events, as well as occasional live music and themed entertainments. Bristol Old Vic Theatre
This theatre includes a glorious Georgian auditorium that was built in 1766. Producing both classics and new works, it will prove to be popular with all the family. Jongleurs If comedy entertainment is your thing then Jongleurs of Bristol is the place to go. Past performers include Lee Evans, Steve Coogan and Michael McIntyre.

Music

Bristol Cathedral Kill two birds with one stone and take in this impressive cathedral whilst enjoying some gorgeous choral and chamber music. St George’s Alternatively, for more variety that includes jazz, folk, blues and world music, visit St George's concert hall and cast your eyes over the nearby harbour at the same time. Colsten Hall If you prefer a bit of rock and pop however, then the magnificent Colsten hall will not disappoint you as many well-known acts have topped the bill there.

The Arnolfini

Finally, for the independent and more free-thinking souls amongst you, the Alnolfini's eclectic mix of live music should be just up your street.

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