10 most Instagrammable places in Bristol including the SS Great Britain and Bowood House and Gardens

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We are halfway through the summer holidays in Bristol and with people getting out and about around the city, you can no doubt expect a lot of activity on Instagram.

A recent report showed that 46% of the UK use the popular social media app, 54% of those users have admitted they check Instagram several times a day.

If taking a picture of your food or favourite pet isn’t getting those all important likes on the app though, what about what sights Bristol has to offer instead? Plus If it doesn’t appear on Instagram, does it even exist?

Bristolworld have had a look at ten places for your next selfie, in no particular order. You can also follow Bristolworld on Instagram to follow all the latest news and updates on your mobile.

The 10 most Instagrammable places in Bristol

1: Clifton Suspension Bridge

Location: Bridge Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PA

What to hashtag: #cliftonsuspensionbridge

The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond.

2 Bowood House and Gardens

Location: Old Rd, Derry Hill, Calne SN11 0LZ

What to hashtag: #bowoodhouseandgardens

Bowood was laid out over 2,000 acres (8 km2) in the 1760s. It replaced an earlier, more formal garden of avenues and wildernesses. Gardener and landscape architect Lancelot Brown’s design encompasses a 1km long lake, with lawns sloping gently down from the house, and drifts of mature trees. Submerged in the lake are foundations of cottages forming the Mannings Hill hamlet, rediscovered by divers in 2007 in shallow but heavily sedimented water.

3: Bristol Cathedral

Location: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ

What to hashtag: #bristolcathedral

Located on College Green, the Bristol Cathedral has tall Gothic windows and a pinnacled skyline. The late Norman chapter house contains some of the first uses of pointed arches in England. In addition to the cathedral’s architectural features, it contains several memorials and an historic organ.

Little of the original stained glass remains unfortunately with some being replaced in the Victorian era and further losses during the Bristol Blitz but the eastern end of Bristol Cathedral gives it a unique place in the development of British and European architecture.

4: Berkeley Castle

Location: Berkeley GL13 9PJ

What to hashtag: #berkeleycastle

Not strictly in Bristol, if you wanted to get out into the countryside Berkeley Castle has one of the best examples of a mediaeval deer park in the country, 18 tenant farms, a stretch of the River Severn and the land on which the famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge is situated.

5: Old Vic Theatre.

Location: King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED

What to hashtag: #oldvictheatre

Sir Daniel Day Lewis, Sir Patrick Stewart and Olivia Coleman OBE are a few of the alumni that have tread the boards of Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre. World renowned, budding thespians consider the venue hallowed ground and its architecture for non-theatre buffs is still stunning.

6: Bristol Harbourside

Location: Bristol Harbour, Bristol

What to hashtag: #bristolharbourside

Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for voyages of discovery, Bristol’s Harbourside may have been updated with modern shops and restaurants, but walking along the waterfront always instils the important history of the area.

7: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Location: Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

What to hashtag: #bristolmuseum

Holding a designated museum status Bristol Museum holds incredibly important collections from the realms of geology, Eastern art, and Bristol’s history, including English delftware.It also houses artwork from a local Bristol artist called Banksy.

8: University of Bristol Botanical Gardens

Location: Stoke Park Rd, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG

What to hashtag: #bristolbotanicalgardens

The University of Bristol established a botanic garden in 1882 at Royal Fort House adjacent to Tyndall Avenue. It was laid out by Adolf Leipner. In 2005 the botanic collections were relocated to The Holmes, a site in Stoke Bishop opposite Churchill Hall. The Holmes had been built in 1879 and had a 4.4 acre ornamental garden.

9: SS Great Britain

Location:  Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

What to hashtag: #ssgreatbritain

Designed for the Great Western Steamship Company’s transatlantic service between Bristol and New York City. The SS Great Britain was the first to combine a hill built of iron and equipped with a screw propeller and was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic Ocean, which it did in 1845, in 14 days.

10: Bristol Aquarium

Location: Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT

What to Hashtag: #bristolaquarium

We round out the list with Bristol Aquarium - aside from its array of sharks, rays and tropical fish, it is the only aquarium in the UK to feature a giant botanical house, teeming with hundreds of exotic plant and tree species from around the world.