Wallace & Gromit's Guide to Bristol
Look out for the giant mutts on the Gromit Unleashed Trail or bring your own four-legged friend and enjoy a city break in the home of Wallace & Gromit’s creators.
allace & Gromit will certainly feel right at home with a visit to Bristol. Not only is the city the home of their creators, Aardman Animations, it will also be home this summer to a wacky art exhibition featuring 70 Gromits of its own! All this plus waterside walkies, dog-friendly pubs and some cracking inventions from the 19th century to the modern day, not forgetting a nice gooey hunk of Stinking Bishop cheese!
"Home to one of my heroes’ greatest inventions... no, not that Nick Park , Gromit, I’m talking about Isambard Kingdom Brunel – his Suspension Bridge, Temple Meads Station and the ss Great Britain are wonders to behold. Did you know that the ss Great Britain was the world’s first floating Family Fun Day, lad? And just round the corner is a studio where they let grown men play with modelling clay all day long. Must be some sort of occupational therapy, I suppose. You can go dog-walking on the Clifton Downs or bob about in a boat on the Floating Harbour. Yes, Bristol’s got the lot!" - Wallace
Cracking things to see and do
Visit with your canine chum from July to September and you won’t believe your eyes. For ten weeks throughout the summer, 70 five-foot fiberglass Gromits will be unleashed onto the streets of Bristol in a public art exhibition led by Aardman Animations. The trail of Gromits, each individually designed by local artists, will raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity, and is a fabulous way
Discover Brunel’s 19th-century feat of engineering at the Clifton Suspension Bridge; soak up the city’s urban arts scene along Nelson Street, with its multi-storey murals; or head for the Harbourside where you can take the weight off your paws with a Bristol Packet Boat Trip. Invention-loving Wallaces will also enjoy pushing the buttons at nearby @Bristol *, one of the biggest hands-on science centres in the country.
Gromit-friendly places to stay
For city-centre convenience, the Novotel Bristol Centre, Hotel du Vin and Holiday Inn Express all welcome well-behaved hounds. Alternatively, book a room at the Berkeley Square Hotel, The Rodney, The Washington or The Clifton Hotel , all close to The Downs where your loveable chum can relish a flappy-eared runaround before bedtime. Or you and your pampered pooch can enjoy a relaxing rural stay at Greyfield Farm Cottages , overlooking the rolling Mendip Hills.
Time for tea
If all that walking around town builds up a thirst, head for Caffe Clifton and enjoy a refreshing brew and a slice of something homemade, in an arty setting. Alternatively shake a paw down to the Hope & Anchor with its welcoming beer garden, or the Kings Arms , near the Durdham Downs, great for a pre-pub walk. Cheese lovers meanwhile will love the Arch House Deli. Not only do they stock all the West Country favourites, including a vast selection of cheddars, they also sell Stinking Bishop, guaranteed to revive the weariest of walkers!
*Sorry, no dogs.
(c) Aardman Animations/Wallace & Gromit Ltd 2013