Let's Get Real: A mini-guide to Bristol Harbourside

| 17 August 2011
A photo of an illuminated museum on a darkened waterfront at night
M Shed in Bristol
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Let's Get Real 2011: Places of interest around Bristol Harbourside

If you’ve bought your ticket to the Let’s Get Real conference, arranged your accommodation and discovered everything our Grade II-listed conference venue Watershed has to offer, you may be wondering what else there is to see around Bristol’s Harbourside. Here are a few tips…

Arnolfini
Exhibitions, film, performance, dance, music, literature, talks and events – a the heart of Bristol's harbourside, Arnolfini is one of Europe's leading centres for the contemporary arts. Free entry. arnolfini.org.uk


Museum of Bristol
From its tragedies to triumphs, the extraordinary lives of ordinary people and our connections with the wider world, Bristol has incredible stories to tell. Free entry. mshed.org

Explore-at-Bristol Science Centre
Explore-At-Bristol is an amazing world of hands-on discovery in a 21st century hands-on science centre combining two floors of interactive science exhibits with the latest multimedia techniques. at-bristol.org.uk

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Step back in time when you board Brunel's SS Great Britain. Discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend under water below the glass “sea” to touch the world’s first great ocean liner.
ssgreatbritain.org

Spike Island
Spike Island is a place for the production and exhibition of contemporary art and design situated on the southern end of Bristol’s historic docks. spikeisland.org.uk

The Architecture Centre
The Architecture Centre runs a regular programme of exhibitions, aiming to encourage public demand for design excellence by increasing peoples’ awareness and enjoyment of their built environment. architecturecentre.co.uk

You can travel around the Harbourside by ferry or find out more at the Tourist Information Office, which is next door to Watershed.

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad you can download M Shed Fortunes, a new mobile phone application that brings Bristol city's history to life.

Fortunes uses elements of treasure hunt and street games to guide visitors through a 19th century Bristol cityscape. Visitors are encouraged to dodge muggers, constables and the temptations of a bustling port while securing jobs, partners and connections, with the aim of increasing social status and ultimately becoming Mayor of 1870s Bristol.

It is available to download free from Apple's app store.
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