Interesting Facts

1. Bristol is the world’s biggest manufacturer of hot air balloons

The hot air balloon is a classic symbol of Bristol. Cameron Balloons in Bedminster makes the most hot balloons out of anyone in the world. Bristol even has it’s own festival to celebrate them.

2. Ribena was invented in Long Ashton

Ribena, the popular blackcurrant flavoured soft drink, was invented by a University of Bristol scientist in 1933 at the National Fruit and Cider Institute, and quickly gained popularity during the war as an alternative source of vitamin C.

3. Home of pirate Blackbeard

Legendary pirate Blackbeard,(otherwise known as Edward Teach), called Bristol his home. He had a hideout in Redcliffe caves and the home of his birth still stands on the harbourside.

4. The first bungee jump took place from the Suspension Bridge

On 1 April 1979, a member of Oxford University’s Dangerous Sports Club bungee jumped from the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and a new sport was born around the world.

5. Bristol Zoo is the 5th oldest zoo in the world

The Zoo has been open since 1836 and has been home to many Bristol favourites over the years.

6. JK Rowling was born in Yate

She eventually moved to Winterbourne where her neighbours had the surname ‘Potter’. Many of the Harry Potter characters names are inspired by places in the West Country.

7. Bristol has it's own currency

Bristolians are notorious for wanting to do things our own way, and in 2012 the Bristol Pound was launched. Designed to keep money in the local economy, it’s enjoyed a roaring success in keeping trade local since then.

8. Lead shot was invented in Bristol

From 1782 way up until the 1980s Bristol used to produce lead shot, for use in muskets.

9. Part of New York City was built on the rubble of Bristol

Waterside Plaza in New York City was built upon the rubble of bombed-out Bristol. There’s a plaque to commemorate it next to the fountains on the harbourside.

10. The chocolate easter egg was invented in Bristol

Along with inventing the first solid chocolate bar in 1847, Bristol chocolate company Fry’s created the first ever chocolate Easter Egg in 1873.

11. The concorde originate in Bristol

The world’s first commercial supersonic jet was designed and built in Filton, April 9, 1969, and had its last official flight touching down at Heathrow in 2003.

12. Bristol was the UK's first cycling city

In 2008 Bristol was named the UK’s First Cycling City by the Government, when the city was rewarded over £10m to create more bike lanes and better facilities.

13. The HMV dog is from Bristol

Nipper the dog was born in Bristol in 1884 and served as the model for a painting by Francis Barraud titled ‘His Master’s Voice’.

14. Bristol is the home of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Pirates!

Aardman Animations are based in Bristol, and create well-loved classics including Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Pirates!

15. IMDb was created in Bristol

IMDb was created by a man called Colin Needham, who ran the site from his home in Stoke Gifford. He sold the site to Amazon in 1998 but he’s still heading it up (now from offices at Castlemead).

16. Home of nature documentaries

25% of the world’s nature documentaries are produced in Bristol.

17. A Bristolian invented blankets.

Legend has it that Bristolian wool merchant Edward Blanket invented the humble blanket. The trader is buried alongside his wife in St Stephen’s Church on Colston Avenue.

18. Bristol used to have it's own timezone

Up until 1840, Bristol’s clocks ran 10 minutes behind the ones in London. It was only the introduction of train travel that meant all time had to become standardised.

19. Darth Vader is a Bristolian

David Prowse was an English bodybuilder and actor best known as portraying the physical form of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy.

20. Bristol has it's own leaning tower

Bristol has its own ‘leaning tower’, which is just one degree less than the Leaning Tower of Pisa at 2.7 degrees, Temple Church.

About Bristol uk

Bristol (/ˈbrɪstəl/ (About this soundlisten)) is a city and county in South West England with a population of 463,400. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK.

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