Bristol is as well known for Brunel's elegant Clifton Suspension Bridge as it is for Banksy's street art. And not forgetting Aardman, creators of plasticine superstars Wallace and Gromit. It's little wonder that innovative museums packed with objets d'art and historic relics have set up shop here. This combination of attractions make Bristol an amazing place for a family day out. Start your intrepid adventure of this southwest city at flamingo lagoons, monkey islands or the depths of the Amazon at the city's aquariums and zoo, or meander along the River Avon's locks and gorges. Shopaholics can head to the Bristol Shopping Quarter, a collective of galleries, malls and independent shops. Little chance of buying The Wrong Trousers here. With so many places to visit in Bristol, adults and kids will be spoilt for choice.
Places to visit in Bristol
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Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour
Street art tours are a ‘must do’ cultural experience in the city, thanks to Bristol-born Banksy and many other famous artists
Cycle the City of Bristol
Classic Cycle hire with picnics makes for a great active break, and guides available with themed itineraries means you can see the sights.
Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge
This ultimate indoor activity will have you venture deep into the famous caves at Cheddar to see where the Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest skeleton, was discovered.
Location: Cheddar, Somerset
Enjoy the best view of Bristol from Cabot Tower
The greatest view of Bristol is like all best things in life, free. Head to Cabot Tower for an unforgettable panorama.
Experience life at sea aboard Brunel’s ss Great Britain
One of the world's most important ships brought to life for modern-day visitors.
Gain an all access pass to a Bristol gin distillery
Get some 'Ginspiration' with tutored tasting at family-run distillery in beautiful Thornbury, near Bristol.
Location: Thornbury, Bristol
Live the good life at The Lido in Bristol
Bristol's restored Victorian Lido offers outdoor swimming, spa facilities, a café and bar for lunch and award winning restaurant for dinner.
Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
From Egyptian relics and biplanes, to works of art and stuffed deer, there’s something to excite everyone at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome
Steeped in history and packed with West End tours and local community displays, the Bristol Hippodrome is ideal for theatre buffs and newbies alike.
Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church
Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this 15th-century church on an indoor activity break in Bristol.
Take the River Ferry to Beeses
Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at this scenic English riverside tea garden in Bristol.
Head to Bristol for a loved-up city break
Ditch the car – and even the bike – because relaxed and arty Bristol is the perfect size to stroll around, hand-in-hand.
Step into the St Mary Redcliffe
Standing for over 800 years , St Mary Redcliffe Church was described Queen Elizabeth I as 'The goodliest, fairest and most famous parish church in England'.
Sleep in a royal bed at Thornbury Castle
Get treated like royalty at Thornbury Castle, where its opulent bedchambers, award-winning food and picturesque gardens will bring out your regal side.
Location: Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
Take a trip to Bristol's Old City & the St Nicholas Markets
Stroll hand in hand through Georgian squares to discover Bristol’s buzzing St Nicholas market, with its quirky stalls and diverse street food.
Dine at the best restaurants in Bristol
Bristol is home to three Michelin starred venues, three of the UK's top restaurants and many other award-winning dining experiences.
Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour
Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.
Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour
Celebrate Bristol's year as European City of Sport 2017 and pedal to your heart’s content along its cycle-friendly routes.
Discover 600 years of history along Bristol’s Park Street
Stroll Bristol's iconic Park Street and unearth the city’s history, including the university where Winston Churchill was once Chancellor.
Enjoy a weekend of champagne and romance at Berwick Lodge
Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in the South Gloucestershire countryside for relaxation, rejuvenation and pure luxury.
Location: Henbury, Bristol
Stay in lavish Georgian suites in Bristol’s heart
Be pampered, learn new skills or unwind in luxury after a bracing autumn walk on a tailor-made stay in Bristol’s new Berkeley Suites – The Crescent.