Having lots of fun staycations is going to be at the top of everyone’s 2021 goals this New Year’s Eve. So when you sit down to plan your next Staycation, exploring Bristol should be at the top of your To Do List. “The Office for National Statistics found that over 13,000 people left London to move to the city between 2015 and 2017, making it more popular than even Brighton”. Whether you are visiting as a family or as a couple, Bristol has something to offer everyone. Bristol is an exciting city with a wide range of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. It can also boast activities to make everyone happy, no matter what you are interested in. That is what makes it the perfect city to explore the next time you go away for the weekend. Bristol is a mere 40-minute drive away from our picturesque spot in West Gloucestershire, so we’ve put together our Top 5 Must Do Activities in Bristol.
In addition to checking out all of Bristol’s fabulous shops, bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants during your weekend in the city, you should also check out these ‘Must See’ attractions.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
This free entry museum covers the last billion years of the earth’s history. A wide range of interesting exhibits is housed in a stunning Victorian building that tells the history of Bristol as well as of the planet more generally. The museum is an easy place to visit during a weekend in the city being located at the top of Queens Road. There is no need to book in advance. There are multiple car parks in the centre of Bristol to make your visit to the museum an easy, stress-free experience.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo is home to “over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from across the globe”. The zoo is located in Clifton making it easy to access and find, as well as very convenient for parking away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The zoo has two car parks on-site in addition to there being parking outside the zoo on the street. You do not need to book in advance but it is recommended that you double check their website in advance of your trip in case of changes in their procedure.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge is a marvel of engineering with a rich history. No wonder then that it is the seventh most popular place for photos in the whole of the UK! Pre Booking is advised. There is no dedicated car park, so it is recommended that you travel by bus where possible.
Tour Bristol Harbour By Ferry
As 2020 has reminded everyone in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Bristol was built on the profits of the slave trade. You are still able to visit and explore the waterways of Bristol that made the city such a hub in Georgian England. As such, visiting the harbour is the ideal educational opportunity if you are trying to bring history to life for young children. If you want to book a boat tour, then it is recommended that you book in advance, however you can also explore Bristol Harbourside on foot.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain
This is our favourite Bristol activity! Visiting Brunel’s SS Great Britain is a must do activity for any boat or history lovers. SS Great Britain is a former passenger steamship which is now used as a museum ship. She worked as a passenger steamship from 1845-1854 and was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This fact makes it the perfect ending to a weekend spent focusing on Bristol’s industrial past. You need to pre-book to visit the SS Great Britain. There is a car park, run by Bristol City Council, next to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
With so much to do in Bristol, we are sure you will end your weekend planning a second trip to the lively, vibrant and historic city. Call The Wyndham today to make your reservation on 01594 833666.