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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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 Bristol’s myths and legends

Discover Bristol’s myths and legends

Delve into ancient folklore and uncover Bristol’s iconic landmarks on a family city break

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

 
Cycle the City of Bristol

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.

Location: Bristol

 
Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

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.

Location: Bristol

 
June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

Discover and explore the natural world from the heart of the city of Bristol, the Hollywood of wildlife film-making.

Location: Bristol

 
Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

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.

Location: Bristol

 
Rainy Day Activities: Beware the animal mummies at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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.

Location: Bristol

 
Observe some animal antics at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Observe some animal antics at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. Since opening, the charity has started lots of conservation projects that protect vulnerable creatures from across the globe.

Location: Bristol

 
Admire nature at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

Admire nature at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

As well as being an key part of the University teaching, the Botanic Gardens welcome visitors and feature flora and fauna unique to the Bristol area.

Location: Bristol

 
Enjoy michelin-starred dining at Casamia

Enjoy michelin-starred dining at Casamia

Splash out on a romantic Michelin-starred meal with wonderful waterfront views.

Location: Bristol

 
May events: Get outside with Bristol Walk Fest

May events: Get outside with Bristol Walk Fest

Discover Bristol on foot with the UK's largest urban walking festival, featuring themed walks and special events.

Location: Bristol

 
Rainy Day Activities: Embark on an expedition into Cheddar Gorge

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

 
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 and child-friendly activities at Wild Place.

Location: Bristol

 
Tickle your ribs at Bristol's Slapstick Festival

Tickle your ribs at Bristol's Slapstick Festival

A unique celebration of silent film and slapstick comedy, the festival offers a unique chance to watch silent films with a live orchestra along with a VIP list of guests and celebrities sharing their passion for this genre.

Location: Bristol

 
Conquer the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

Conquer the Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

This former railway line links Bristol and Bath by one off road path allowing you to cycle the 13 miles between the two cities.

Location: Bristol

 
Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

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.

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

 
Enjoy the best view of Bristol from Cabot Tower

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.

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

 
Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Take a nature break at Westonbirt Arboretum

Venture into Westonbirt’s leafy grounds for a touch of nature’s magic and see the English countryside at its verdant best.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucs

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