Road Trip to Garden Art World Around Bristol – Day 5: The contrast of eras

Castle, abbey, cathedral and art gallery - it all belongs to a different period of time, but it only adds charm to your day.
Road Trip to Garden Art World Around Bristol

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

Pittville Park & Lake


This park was opened in 1825. Pittville Park is divided into two parts by Evesham Road. On the east side of the park there are enclosures where you will find popular birds and rabbits. To the west of Evesham Road located the main part of the park with more natural layout and small areas of forest. One of remarkable thing in the park is the presence of a pond in which ducks swim, and you can also rent boats in the summer.

Gloucester Cathedral


Gloucester Cathedral or the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and the Holy Trinity begins its history back in the year 678, when the abbey of St. Peter was founded on this place. Several centuries later in 1089, a stone was laid in the foundation of the new abbey church, which you can see now. There is possible to enter the cathedral practically in all rooms including prayer rooms. This majestic cathedral in a slightly embellished form can be seen in the famous Harry Potter saga: the filming of the school routine of young magicians took place here.


Portuguese Restaurants

Here you can try the Portuguese fast food. They serve excellent chicken in lemon and mango, fried cheese, and you can have a delicious lemonade for a drink. Very reasonable price and good service.

Tintern Abbey

Historic Sites

Tintern Abbey is the most preserved medieval Catholic abbey of the 12-14th centuries in Wales. Abbey was founded by Walter de Claire in 1131 and belonged to the Order of the Cistercians. During the years 1535–1539, specially created by King Henry VIII Commission closed all the monasteries operating in England. Tintern divided their fate, the property of the monastery was confiscated. Unfortunately, the roof, the bell tower and the north wall of the nave are destroyed. The main attraction of the cathedral is the huge (20 m high) richly decorated eastern window.

Chepstow Castle


Chepstow Castle was built soon after the Norman invasion of 1066. The castle is unique because it was built directly in stone, although most of the castles of the Norman period were originally built of wood and ground. The castle still has the remains of an ancient arch, which indicates the existence of a Roman settlement at this place long before the Norman invasion. In 1913, the castle took place of the first film adaptation shooting of the famous historical novel by Walter Scott "Ivanhoe", the main role in which played a popular American actor, director and screenwriter King Baggot.

Tredegar House and Park


The mansion is one of the brightest examples of large suburban mansions of the 17th century, that has survived to the present day. The oldest part of the mansion was built at the end of the 15th century. The mansion visitors can get acquainted with the life of its owners (rich and lushly decorated chambers above the stairs), and employees (modest rooms under the stairs). Entrance to the mansion is paid, but you can walk in the gardens for free. If you want to get in, don't forget that it opens till 5 pm.

Chapter Arts Centre

Performing Arts Venues

This is a modern art space where you can watch exhibitions of contemporary art, go to the cinema, sit in a restaurant or cafe or just spend time. Before visiting, you can see on the website which exhibitions of contemporary art they exhibit and until what time, because expositions often change.

The Smoke House

American Restaurants

Order amazing pickled cabbage, ribs steaks and pork ribs here. In The Smoke House you can order a good craft beer, American ale or Malbec wine and regular guests recommend good tea. This restaurant has attractive prices. Many visitors indicate that there is a first-class interior and a charming atmosphere.