02 Sep Where to have family fun in Bristol
The capital of the South West, Bristol is a popular city and rightly so. After all, it’s home to friendly locals, a thriving art and music scene and it’s within easy reach of what is arguably the best of Britain’s coastline, among plenty more. In the city itself however, it’s a hive of family friendly attractions and that’s why I’m here to tell you where to have family fun in Bristol! Take a look at my top picks of superb family attractions that will ensure all ages leave Bristol with great memories…
Bristol Zoo & Gardens
Let’s start the proceedings with Bristol Zoo; animals and wide open spaces? You can’t go wrong and Bristol’s offering doesn’t disappoint. Set among 12 acres of beautiful gardens, the zoo is home to more than 400 species from around the world making it an adventure into the wild! Meet the variety of animals and enjoy a truly great day out.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Soar like a bird, or at the very least, enjoy a bird’s eye view over the Avon Gorge by taking a wander over the impression Clifton Suspension Bridge. Built in 1864, it’s an icon of the city, known by people all over the country. Not just architecturally impressive, it also provides fantastic views and if you walk across when there’s a slight breeze in the air, it will be sure to set your whole family’s hearts racing! On your return, be sure to visit Clifton Observatory which boasts even better views and housed within an Old Mill, even the building itself is cool.
Just a little further afield, there is even more to see and do. The neighbouring spa city of Bath is just a forty minute jaunt away, easily done with one of the many hire cars from Bristol Airport. Famed for its natural hot springs and Roman baths, there is plenty to enjoy here making it a great spot for a day trip, especially if you have slightly older children in tow. Take a wander around the Roman baths themselves which were built 2,000 years ago and learn about the history of the city, including the various plague epidemics over the years. Afterwards you can see Bath Abbey and enjoy a boat trip on the River Weir. If you have some time left over, explore some of the shops or pop into one of the city’s several museums.
Explore Bristol harbour and walk the plank by embarking on one of Bristol’s legendary Pirate Walks. Packed with history and hilarity, this guided walk is run by Pirate Pete and takes in Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn, Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the Smuggler’s Cave and plenty more. You’ll also learn plenty of facts and the history of Bristol’s harbour making it both fun and education for all ages.
Gromit Unleashed Arts Trail
If you are visiting the city any time before 9th September 2013, you can enjoy a final bit of fun by embarking on the Gromit Unleashed Arts Trail! The city is famed as the birthplace of the well-loved animated TV series, Wallace and Gromit, and as a charity initiative there are currently 80 full sized, 5ft high, Gromit dogs decorating the streets of the city, waiting to be found! So get Gromit spotting and don’t forget your cheese and crackers!
So for a fun family break, why not consider Bristol? It has far more to offer so delve in and discover it all for good times and even better memories in this lovely city.