Like many cities, Bristol is blessed with a great range of family-friendly attractions. On a rainy day, there are several museums where the kids can enjoy an educational few hours, but if the weather happens to be shining, you can explore a few outdoor attractions. You should also keep an eagle eye out for Banksy’s artwork in various parts of the city.
We think you will be spoilt for choice if you take your family to Bristol for a fun day out, but here are the top five attractions in the city for kids of all ages.
1. M Shed
As city museums go, the M Shed is right up there with the best. The M Shed tells the story of Bristol. Via various interactive exhibits, you can learn more about the history of Bristol, from the age of the dinosaurs, through to the present day. There are lots of interesting exhibitions and working exhibits on display – some of the really big ones are located outside. Entrance to the M Shed is totally free, so what’s not to like?
2. Bristol Zoo Gardens
A trip to Bristol Zoo Gardens is a treat for everyone. The zoo is home to more than 400 different species, including a family of gorillas. In fact, Bristol Zoo’s latest arrival is a newborn baby gorilla, born by caesarean in early February 2016, much to the delight of the zoo. Little zoo explorers will love the Explorer’s Creek area of the zoo gardens, as they can paddle in streams and dams. There is also a very cool forest of birds, where you can feed the parrots. Don’t forget to check out Bug World and the Monkey Jungle.
3. SS Great Britain
The SS Great Britain is a well-known sight in the Great Western Dockyard. In its heyday, the ship was a marvellous symbol of Bristol’s seafaring tradition. Today you can explore the decks, admire the first-class cabins, and even climb the main mast. A trip aboard the SS Great Britain is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what life on board an ocean liner was really like – and it wasn’t all plain sailing!
4. Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Bristol. There is a Visitor Centre, where you can learn more about the bridge’s history, plus you can take a free guided tour in the summer. There are also some fabulous views to be had from Observatory Hill – take your camera phone and snap a few selfies with the bridge behind you in the distance.
5. Pirate Pete’s Walking Tour
Bristol has lots of fun walking tours, but if the kids want to learn more about the city’s swashbuckling past, take them on Pirate Pete’s walking tour. The walk lasts about an hour and is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
Bristol is easy to get to by plane, train, bus or car. If you decide to drive there for the day, use yourparkingspace.co.uk to check out the where the most convenient car parking options are located, ranging from driveways to official car parks. If travelling via train there’s redspottedhandy.com where you’ll find the lowest prices and a very user-friendly app.
Finally, if flying to Bristol you can use kayak.co.uk to find the best deal as they compare all airlines, including low-cost operators like Easyjet.
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