The best day trips for families in Bristol

Bristol is a great city for families, with plenty of things to see and do. But if you’re looking for a change of scenery, there are also some great day trips within easy reach. Here are a few of our favourites, extended with more information:

Bath: This beautiful city is just a short train ride from Bristol, and it’s packed with historical attractions, including the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, and Pulteney Bridge. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities, such as boating on the River Avon, visiting the Jane Austen Centre, or exploring the Royal Crescent.

The Roman Baths are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bath, and for good reason. These ancient baths were built in the first century AD, and they’re still in use today. Visitors can take a tour of the baths, learn about their history, and even soak in the thermal waters.

Bath Abbey is another iconic landmark in Bath. This beautiful abbey was built in the 15th century, and it’s one of the largest and most impressive churches in the UK. Visitors can take a tour of the abbey, learn about its history, and see the stunning stained-glass windows.

Pulteney Bridge is a beautiful bridge that spans the River Avon in Bath. This bridge was built in the 18th century, and it’s one of the most photographed landmarks in Bath. Visitors can walk across the bridge, admire the views of the river, and enjoy the shops and cafes that line the bridge.

If you’re looking for something to do in Bath with kids, there are plenty of options. You could take a boat trip on the River Avon, visit the Jane Austen Centre, or explore the Royal Crescent. There’s also a great playground in Bath, called the Royal Victoria Park, where kids can run around and play.

Cheddar Gorge: This stunning gorge is home to some of the most impressive limestone caves in the UK. There are also plenty of opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and caving.

Cheddar Gorge is a popular destination for families and for good reason. There are plenty of things to see and do in the gorge, including exploring the caves, hiking to the top of the gorge, and visiting the Cheddar Cheese Museum.

The caves in Cheddar Gorge are some of the most impressive in the UK. The most popular cave to visit is Gough’s Cave, which is home to some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in the world. There are also other caves in Cheddar Gorge that are open to visitors, including Cox’s Cave and St. Paul’s Cave.

If you’re looking for a more challenging activity, you could go rock climbing or caving in Cheddar Gorge. There are plenty of companies that offer rock climbing and caving tours, so you can find one that’s suitable for your family’s experience level.

If you’re looking for a more leisurely activity, you could go hiking in Cheddar Gorge. There are several trails that lead to the top of the gorge, and the views from the top are incredible. You could also take a walk along the river, or visit the Cheddar Cheese Museum.

Wookey Hole: This cave complex is home to a variety of underground attractions, including a stalagmite forest, a subterranean lake, and a bat cave. There’s also a playground, a petting zoo, and a water park.

Wookey Hole is a great place to visit with kids. There are plenty of things to see and do, and the caves are impressive. The stalagmite forest is one of the most popular attractions, and it’s a great place to see how stalactites and stalagmites form.

The subterranean lake is another popular attraction, and it’s a great place to see how the water has shaped the caves over time. The bat cave is also a popular attraction, and it’s a great place to learn about bats.

Glastonbury and Wells: These two historic towns are located in the Somerset countryside, and they’re both worth a visit. Glastonbury is home to the Tor, a hill that’s said to be the site of King Arthur’s Camelot. Wells is a beautiful cathedral city, and it’s home to the Wells & Mendip Model Railway.


Bristol is a great city for families, and there are plenty of great day trips that you can take from there. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find something that everyone in the family will enjoy.


Six (Covid-Safe) Tips for new Students in Bristol

Everything is a bit different this year and if you are about to start your university adventure in Bristol in 2020, a traditional freshers week and regular visits to the night clubs won’t happen.

However,  you are still in one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the country and there are a ton of great things to see and do here in the west country. Here are five things you definitely shouldn’t miss out and which are guarantee safe to visit during the pandemic.

The Downs

Good for… Walking, sport, and some sightseeing!

What it is… A large expanse of grass and open fields, right by the Stoke Bishop halls.

Why you should go… This is where all the sports societies come to play games on Wednesday afternoons, so if you join a team you’re bound to come here. But even if sport isn’t your thing, take some time out to stroll around the parks – or if you’re particularly adventurous, wander over to the Avon Gorge, where you get a fantastic view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Clifton Suspension Bridge (and Clifton Village)

Good for… Admiring architecture and engineering!

What it is… An awe-inspiring bridge that spans the Avon Gorge.

Why you should go… If you’re planning to study engineering, this should be your first stop when you come to Bristol. The mechanical engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel designed the bridge, which was eventually completed after his death in 1864. It was only initially built to carry horse-drawn traffic, and yet it still functions today as an active road bridge for modern traffic. The bridge gives you a great view of the River Avon below, and is only a short walk from Clifton Village, which is famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture.

Stokes Croft

Good for… Finding out what Bristol is really like.

What it is… An eccentric, vibrant place – known as Bristol’s ‘cultural quarter’.

Why you should go… To check out the street art! Stokes Croft has wonderfully painted murals and stunning graffiti art, all up and down the main street. Stop off for a bite to eat in one of the local cafes, and then if you have time, take a look at the ‘outdoor gallery’ wall; there’s always something different up there!

Bristol Street Art Tour

Good for… Seeing the best street art in Bristol

What it is… A guided walk through the Bristol City centre visiting

Why you should go… Bristol has an incredible street art scene and the Bristol Street Art Tour is the perfect way to get to see the best graffiti in town, including some of Banksy’s masterpieces.

S.S. Great Britain (and the Bristol Harbour)

Good for… Lovers of the history of marine engineering.

What it is… A restored version of the great passenger steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Why you should go… This ship was the first iron steamship ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and in 1970 she was returned to where she was originally built – the Bristol dry docks. Walking from the city centre to the S.S. Great Britain gives you a fantastic insight into Bristol’s shipping-industry history, and with museums, exhibitions and bars dotted up and down the harbour, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.