Pile of rocks can also be beautiful. Who knew! They have been around for the past 5000 years, for reasons that are debated upon till date, Stonehenge is in fact one of the United Kingdom's most iconic and visited landmarks. This World Heritage Site is of a great historical and cultural importance. From being a Bronze Age burial site to being a centre for annual pilgrimage for Pagans, Stonehenge is am important site one should not give a miss and it's just an hour away from Bristol.
Spectacular is the word that fits perfectly for this next destination. Cheddar Gorge is one of the most iconic geographical landmarks near Bristol. Just a mere 40-minute drive away from Bristol and you can experience this breathtaking place that brings to you some of the most stunning drives and cave experiences. Gough's Cave on the surface of Cheddar Gorge is one such attraction that you can't miss. if you are wondering why the name, please know that the 500,000-year-old cavern is still used to mature Cheddar cheese. For a more intimate experience, take a guided audio tour of the cave.
If a place is good enough for the likes of William Wordsworth and Jane Austen, it is good enough for us. Approximately 27 km away from Bristol lies the beautiful Cistercian abbey of Tintern. The monastic ruin that has been an inspiration for many prose and poetry lies just over the Old Severn Bridge. Tintern Abbey dates back to 1131 and was created by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow.
The Isle of Purbeck
The Jurassic Coast in the Isle of Purbeck is just 2.5 hours away from Bristol and is a must-visit place. Dinosaurs called this place home once upon a time! Also, it is England's first and only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. With evidence of fossils that date back to 185 million years ago, this place is a haven. Keat's Quarry is an absolute must-visit if you are interested in looking at dinosaur tracks in the Purbeck limestones.