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Bristol Castle

Bristol Castle was a Norman castle built some time between 1066-1087 to defend the town of Bristol, and was unfortunately demolished in 1650 by Act of Parliament. As a result, very little evidence of the original, large buildings remains visible, and what little can be seen can be found in the Castle Park near the Shopping Centre.

The first castle built at the site was of a standard motte and bailey design, first mentioned in 1088 during Geoffrey de Montbrays rebellion against William Rufus, and was presumably erected on the command of William the Conqueror, who owned Bristol.

Rufus won the battle against Montbray, and gave Bristol Castle to one of his loyal followers - Robert Fitzhamon, who (upon his death) passed it to his eldest daughters husband - Robert Fiztroy. 1st Earl of Gloucester. Later, the castle passed to the royal hands of Henry III, who expanded upon the building with a barbican, gate tower and a magnificent great hall. Later still, after Edward I had invaded Wales in 1283, Dafydd ap Gryfudds sons - the last 2 Princes of Wales, were imprisoned at the castle for life.

The castle was sadly demolished in 1650, leaving just one tower that was later torn down in 1927, and its moat was covered over in 1847 (though is still mostly traversable by boat). After that, much of the area was destroyed during the Bristol Blitz, and now stands as a redeveloped, public open space.


Hotels near Cathedral Bristol


Please select a hotel from the list of hotels in and near Cathedral Bristol. The list below displays hotels within 30 kilometers of Cathedral Bristol.
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Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol

Broad Quay , Bristol , BS1 4BY

Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol is 0.10 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.5 out of 10

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SACO Bristol - Broad Quay

Central Quay South, Broad Quay , Bristol , BS1 4AW

SACO Bristol - Broad Quay is 0.11 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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9.3 out of 10

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Your Stay Bristol Marsh House

Marsh House, Marsh Street , Bristol , BS1 4AQ

Your Stay Bristol Marsh House is 0.17 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.7 out of 10

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Belmont - yourapartment

, Bristol , BS1 1RU

Belmont - yourapartment is 0.19 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8 out of 10

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Merchants Almshouse

Merchants Almshouse, King Street , Bristol , BS1 4DT

Merchants Almshouse is 0.20 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.5 out of 10

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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

College Green , Bristol , BS1 5TA

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel is 0.22 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.5 out of 10

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Boutique Bristol Apartments

Clare Street , Bristol , BS1 1YA

Boutique Bristol Apartments is 0.23 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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7.8 out of 10

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The Bristol Hotel

Prince Street , Bristol , BS1 4QF

The Bristol Hotel is 0.26 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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9 out of 10

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YHA Bristol

14 Narrow Quay , Bristol , BS1 4QA

YHA Bristol is 0.29 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.3 out of 10

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ibis Bristol Centre

Explore Lane , Bristol , BS1 5TY

ibis Bristol Centre is 0.32 kilometers from Cathedral Bristol. Room prices starting from £

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8.4 out of 10

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