Bristol

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Bristol is an inland city linked to the Sea by the River Avon. Bristol has a 19th century harbour that now contains restaurants and shops.




"Bristol ( (listen)) is a city, ceremonial county and unitary authority in England. With a population of 463,400, it is the most populous city in South West England. The wider Bristol Built-Up Area has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 670,000 is the 11th-largest in the United Kingdom. The city lies between Gloucestershire to the north and Somerset to the south. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.

Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, and around the beginning of the 11th century, the settlement was known as Brycgstow (Old English "the place at the bridge"). Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373 when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities, after London, in tax receipts; however, it was surpassed by the rapid rise of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution.

Bristol was a starting place for early voyages of exploration to the New World. On a ship out of Bristol in 1497 John Cabot, a Venetian, became the first European to land on mainland North America. In 1499 William Weston, a Bristol merchant, was the first Englishman to lead an exploration to North America. At the height of the Bristol slave trade, from 1700 to 1807, more than 2,000 slave ships carried an estimated 500,000 people from Africa to slavery in the Americas. The Port of Bristol has since moved from Bristol Harbour in the city centre to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock.

Bristol's modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture. The city has the largest circulating community currency in the UK; the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling. The city has two universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, and a variety of artistic and sporting organisations and venues including the Royal West of England Academy, the Arnolfini, Spike Island, Ashton Gate and the Memorial Stadium. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road and rail, and to the world by sea and air: road, by the M5 and M4 (which connect to the city centre by the Portway and M32); rail, via Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations; and Bristol Airport.

One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was named the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017, and won the European Green Capital Award in 2015." Wikipedia









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Nearby Marinas, Harbours and Anchorages

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West Bay Harbour
1 . West Bay Harbour
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The harbour is at the mouth of the river Brit and has an inner drying harbour, and also three outer short pontoons.

Lyme Regis Harbour
2 . Lyme Regis Harbour
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The inner harbour dries in low tide, but outside the harbour four short pontoons offer some mooring options with some protection from the extended breakwater.

Axmouth Harbour
3 . Axmouth Harbour
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Behind the shingle bank is a small harbour with four pontoons that dries with the tide.

Cobb's Quay Marina
4 . Cobb's Quay Marina
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Cobb’s Quay Marina at Hamworthy in Holes Bay lies in Poole Harbour, the world's second largest natural harbour. It has a lively, seafaring atmosphere, and with 1090 berths it’s a favourite with...

Lake Yard Marina
5 . Lake Yard Marina
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We believe we have the best marina in Poole Harbour, set in a sheltered area between the Arne Peninsula and the Lake in Hamworthy. Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, ...

Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre Marina
6 . Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre Marina
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Ridge Wharf is a marina/boatyard in Poole Harbour accommodating sailing and motor yachts ashore or afloat, offering lift out, servicing, repairs, chandlery and fuel. Set in an area of outstanding n...

Poole Quay Boat Haven Marina
7 . Poole Quay Boat Haven Marina
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Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina are both perfectly positioned to offer a base from which to explore Poole Harbour and its surrounding areas. Poole Quay Boat Haven can accommodate vesse...

Port of Poole Marina
8 . Port of Poole Marina
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Located in the upper reaches of Poole Harbour, Poole Quay Boat Haven & Port of Poole Marina offer an ideal place to berth your vessel. Poole Harbour is an incredibly serene location, sweeping from ...

Parkstone Yacht Haven Marina
9 . Parkstone Yacht Haven Marina
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Parkstone Yacht Club was established in 1895 and is situated on the North shore of the second largest natural harbour in the world. Poole harbour boasts panoramic views, sandy beaches and clean wat...

Weymouth Bay
10 . Weymouth Bay
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A large bay north of Portland and east of Weymouth providing shelter from westerlies.

Weymouth Marina
11 . Weymouth Marina
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Weymouth Marina is tucked away at the head of the harbour, with quiet, secure berths just a stroll from the beach and shops.

Weymouth Inner Harbour
12 . Weymouth Inner Harbour
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A collection of four and five pontoons extend into the corner of River Wey west of the town bridge. Home to local boats with no vacancies for visiting yachts.

Salterns Marina
13 . Salterns Marina
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This privately-owned family marine has an interesting and fascinating past dating back to the 1700’s to when the site was active in salt-making, hence the same ‘Salterns’. Awarded five ‘Go...

The Cove Pontoons
14 . The Cove Pontoons
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Weymouth Harbour is the closest port on mainland England to Cherbourg, St Malo and all of the Channel Islands. Georgian architecture along the quayside helps maintain the harbours historic ambience...

Lulworth Cove
15 . Lulworth Cove
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Between Swanage and Weymouth this natural cove provides natural shelter for anchoring yachts in most conditions.

Worbarrow Bay
16 . Worbarrow Bay
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This wide bay is found midway between Weymouth and Swanage close to Lulworth Cove.

Sidmouth Beach
17 . Sidmouth Beach
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A drying beach used by a local sailing club.

Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy  Marina
18 . Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy Marina
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Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour offer some of the best sailing waters on the planet and has purpose built on-shore facilities to match. This winning combination was showcased to the world with W...

Portland Marina
19 . Portland Marina
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Right on the cruising crossroads for the Channel Islands and West Country, Portland Marina has the space for seasoned sailors, and the time for Jurassic Coast day boaters, anglers and divers. Book ...

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Nearby Towns

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West Bay
1 . West Bay
(England )
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This small town is on the long sandy southern coastline of England found west of Portland island.

Lyme Regis
2 . Lyme Regis
(England )
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A town on the sandy southern shores of England found between Weymouth and Exeter.

Seaton
3 . Seaton
(England )
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A pretty town on the sandy shores of England's southern coastline.

Beer
4 . Beer
(England )
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A village on the southern coast of England near Seaton.

Hamworthy
5 . Hamworthy
(England )
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A large town on Poole Harbour and Upton Lake overlooking Poole.

Wareham
6 . Wareham
(England )
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An inland town connected to Poole Harbour by the busy River Frome.

Overcombe
7 . Overcombe
(England )
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Overcome (and adjoining neighbour Preston) is on the south coast of England just east of Weymouth.

Poole
8 . Poole
(England )
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A large town set back from the coast by a natural harbour, and providing access to Upton Lake (Holes Bay)

Ringstead
9 . Ringstead
(England )
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A small village on the south coast of England.

Weymouth
10 . Weymouth
(England )
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Situated on the mouth of the river Wey this pretty east facing town is on the southern coast of England.

West Lulworth
11 . West Lulworth
(England )
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A small inland village close to a natural cove on the southern coast of England.

Bournemouth
12 . Bournemouth
(England )
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Bournemouth is a seaside resort on the southern coast of England.

Canford Cliffs
13 . Canford Cliffs
(England )
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A small town on the southern coast of England with a long sandy beach.

Boscombe
14 . Boscombe
(England )
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A town on the southern coast of England east of Bournemouth.

Sidmouth
15 . Sidmouth
(England )
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A popular town on the southern coast of England with a sandy beach.

Totton
16 . Totton
(England )
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A town to the west of Southampton across the estuary.

Christchurch
17 . Christchurch
(England )
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A large inland town on the Rivers Avon and Stour accused through the natural Christchurch Harbour protected by 'The Run' sandbank

Castletown
18 . Castletown
(England )
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On the northern side of the small Portland island (although connected to the mainland). The town is part of Portland Harbour.

Southbourne
19 . Southbourne
(England )
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A large town on the southern coast of England.

Mudeford
20 . Mudeford
(England )
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On the northern shore of the Christchurch Harbour.

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