Iron Age hill forts and Roman villas were built near the confluence of the rivers Frome and Avon, and around the beginning of the 11th century the settlement was known as Brycgstow (Old English "the place at the bridge").Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373, when it became a county of itself.We offer Long Island Singles events and Speed Dating NYC in addition to concerts, ,shows and more.Our NYC Speed Dating takes place close to Penn Station.The city has the largest circulating community currency in the U.K.—the Bristol pound, which is pegged to the Pound sterling.The most ancient recorded name for Bristol is the archaic Welsh Caer Odor (the fort on the chasm), which is consistent with modern understanding that early Bristol developed between the River Frome and Avon Gorge.
It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road, rail, sea and air by the M5 and M4 (which connect to the city centre by the Portway and M32), Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations, and Bristol Airport.
One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was selected in 2009 as one of the world's top ten cities by international travel publishers Dorling Kindersley in their Eyewitness series of travel guides.
The Sunday Times named it as the best city in Britain in which to live in 20, and Bristol also won the EU's European Green Capital Award in 2015.
Isolated Roman villas and small forts and settlements were also scattered throughout the area.
Bristol was the place of exile for Diarmait Mac Murchada, the Irish king of Leinster, after being overthrown.The poet Thomas Chatterton popularised a derivation from Brictricstow linking the town to Brictric, the last king of Wessex.