Bristol

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.

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Balloons over Clifton Bridge, Bristol

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.

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Discover new worlds on The Matthew

Discover new worlds on The Matthew

A replica of John Cabot's ship that discovered America in 1497, The Matthew sailed the Atlantic in 1997 and now offers trips around the harbour.

Location: Bristol

 
October events: Be part of the story at Bristol Festival of Literature

October events: Be part of the story at Bristol Festival of Literature

Summon your inner book worm and find wordy stimulation at venues across Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 
Sleep in a royal bed at Thornbury Castle

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

 
Go bonkers for conkers in Bristol’s nature-rich Downs

Go bonkers for conkers in Bristol’s nature-rich Downs

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with a game of conkers in beautiful Bristol parkland.

Location: Bristol

 
Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Take the River Ferry to Beeses

Enjoy a delicious Sunday roast at this scenic English riverside tea garden in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 
Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters & family activities at Wild Place

Location: Bristol

 
Immerse yourself in the history of Bristol Cathedral

Immerse yourself in the history of Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral, filming location of BBC series Wolf Hall, is a beautiful religious landmark that makes for the perfect inspirational break.

Location: Bristol

 
December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

Bristol is brimming with free events, festivals and markets during the winter.

Location: Bristol

 
Sleep on luxury boat hostel the Kyle Blue Bristol

Sleep on luxury boat hostel the Kyle Blue Bristol

Experience the best of Bristol's Harbourside with a unique stay on a boat hostel.

Location: Bristol

 
Be richly rewarded at the Bristol Harbour Hotel

Be richly rewarded at the Bristol Harbour Hotel

Bristol’s new Harbour Hotel & Spa is sure to make you feel a million dollars - or should we say, Bristol pounds.

Location: Bristol

 
Animal antics and family–friendly days out at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Animal antics and family–friendly days out at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Creatures, comedy, concerts, culture and cinema screenings - Bristol Zoo Gardens offers much more than your average zoo

Location: Bristol

 
Cycle Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge on a free tour

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.

Location: Bristol

 
Soak up Bristolian life at Casamia

Soak up Bristolian life at Casamia

From early 2016, one of the most beautiful, vibrant parts of the city, Bristol’s Harbourside, will be home to Michelin-starred restaurant, Casamia.

Location: Bristol

 
Dine at the best restaurants in Bristol

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.

Location: Bristol

 
August events: Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

August events: Join Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta

As Europe's largest hot air balloon event, the fiesta includes morning and evening balloon lifts and two nightglow events.

Location: Bristol

 
Join the Clouds with Bristol Hot Air Ballooning

Join the Clouds with Bristol Hot Air Ballooning

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon across the West Country, giving you amazing views and an unforgettable experience.

Location: Bristol

 
Dance the night away at Love Saves The Day

Dance the night away at Love Saves The Day

Bristol is home to an array of festivals in summer but Love Saves the Day is undoubtedly a stand-out event, kicking off the UK festival season in style.

Location: Bristol

 
Enjoy a weekend of champagne and romance at Berwick Lodge

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

 
July events: Get down to business at Upfest

July events: Get down to business at Upfest

Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival is now a firmly established part of the Bristol calendar with over 250 artists coming from around the world to take part.

Location: Bristol

 
Lose yourself in the idyllic Chew Valley

Lose yourself in the idyllic Chew Valley

Enjoy exploring the stunning countryside at Folly Farm Centre, an idyllic and serene spot in the Mendips near Bristol and Bath.

Location: Pensford, Bristol

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