Hotels in Portishead
Overlooking the scenic Bristol Channel, Portishead has existed since the Roman Empire and became a busy industrial port by the Victorian period. The town is home to the Portishead Quays Marina, which is popular with many leisure boaters and has been awarded a prestigious 5 Gold Anchors rating by the Yacht Harbour Association.
Perhaps one of the finest Gothic Revival buildings in the country, Tyntesfield is a striking Victorian house that was built to replace a former hunting lodge and emulates the style of an older medieval structure. The building, which surrounds fantastic landscaped grounds, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and is now designated as a Grade I listed landmark.
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Only a short drive from Portishead hotels and restaurants, the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery was founded in 1823 and moved to its current site in 1905. The venue, which is housed in a spectacular Edwardian Baroque building, showcases many interesting art exhibits originating from the local area all the way to Asia.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Just a seven-mile journey from Portishead, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the defining landmarks of the Industrial Revolution and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2014. The bridge was pioneered by the successful Leeds-born civil engineer John Hawkshaw and the Kent-born civil engineer William Henry Barlow, who used the original design that was produced by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Unfortunately, Brunel passed away before the structure was completed, although the bridge became the venue for the Brunel 200 weekend celebration in 2006, which marked two centuries since Brunel was born.
Restaurants in Portishead
Dine at Antonio's restaurant for some delightful Italian classics, or head to Venga for other delicious Spanish and Basque-themed dishes. If you're after some traditional, mouthwatering English dishes, try The Black Horse (The Kicker), or treat yourself to other hearty Irish and Italian classics at Farrells.
Where to stay
Stay at the renowned Premier Inn Portishead hotel, which offers excellent hospitality, or book a stay at the friendly, stylish Avon View or Room@Venga. Other great choices include the value-for-money Travelodge Portishead and the enchanting BEST WESTERN Walton Park Hotel in nearby Clevedon.
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