Departures

From Bristol to the Wide World (Photos)

Britain’s seafaring city, with dramatic bridges to the realms of theater and education. By Sara Wheeler.

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It’s home to a world-class university, a theater company that gave rise to Daniel Day-Lewis, and ports that open British industry to the global economy. A look at the coastal city.

 

Hot-air balloons rise above Bristol as part of a warm-up for the International Balloon Fiesta.

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A street slopes toward the water.

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is a distinctive landmark of the region.

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Bristol's Old Train Station catches some rare rays of sun.

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A patriotic house supports the country's football team playing during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

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Office workers host a impromptu snowball fight outside their offices close to the Severn Bridge.

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People take in the view from the coastal path above the Severn Estuary at Portishead.

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Coastal hillside and pier in Portishead.

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Two young women stand on a balcony in a row of townhouses on a residential street.

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This is certainly a shopping experience. Cabot Circus plays host to a hotel, stories, offices, a movie theater, and more than 200 apartments.

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Workers cross a foot bridge in the docks in the brisk fall.

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Bristol Harbourside Marina glistens at night.

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Students gather in front of Bristol Cathedral.

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The Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr. Christopher Davies walks through Arnos Vale cemetery.

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Elevated view of the restaurant exterior at the restored Lido.

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Revelers line up to get into bars and clubs in the city center.