Bristol is a boom town that may not be as beautiful as other cities, but it is certainly one of the most interesting. Explore Bristol is the city’s impressive science museum with exhibits on space, technology, and the human brain. In the Curiosity Zone you can walk through a tornado. The City Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a beautiful Edwardian building and contains an excellent collection of British and French art galleries dedicated to ceramics and archeology. The most famous landmark in Bristol is probably the 76 meter high Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge from Clifton over to Leigh Woods in northern Somerset. It is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most elegant bridges, and you can walk or cycle or drive across it. Free guided tours of the bridge are available. If you want to enjoy a picnic, the grassy parks of Clifton Down and Durdham Down are excellent places for that. Nearby there is an observatory offering incredible views of the suspension bridge. Bristol has an ever expanding variety of annual events, for example the Bristol Shakespeare Festival held between May and September, St Paul’s Carnival held in July, Bristol Harbor Festival held in August, International Balloon Fiesta held in August, International Kite Festival held in September, and the Christmas Market in November and December.