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29 June 2015

Two of Bristol's oldest buildings

Walking instead of driving for Bristol's Biggest Commute has meant I've been able to explore some of Bristol's ancient treasures. At the back of the modern, bustling bus station is the tranquil St James Priory built in 1129, hidden and overshadowed by modern structures. Another gem is the Tudor Red Lodge built in 1580 as a lodge for the Great Hall which used to be where Colton Hall now stands. This is also overshadowed by the 'monstrous carbuncle' of Trenchard Street car park - but you can get a fine view of the Elizabethan knot garden from there.
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28 May 2015

Wylye Valley

Just over a one hour drive from Bristol, or a 45min train journey to Warminster from Temple Meads, you can be in the beautiful Wylye Valley on Wiltshire's Salisbury Plain. Amazing dog walks and fishing, as well as heritage sites such as Stourhead and Wilton House. If you drive, you can go down the Frome Road from Bristol and visit the Midford Valley, Chew Magna, Norton St Phillip, Frome and Longleat on the way!
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