Six things to do Around Bristol

The Black Country is a great place for a laid-back family vacation, with something from everyone from natural landscapes to amazing architecture to extreme sports. It’s just a matter of having the time to do it all.

1.     Relax at Stephen’s Vale

This small wooded valley, famed for its waterfall, offers you the chance to get back to nature as a family; bird watching, dog walking, and getting some adorable photos of the kids. Take a picnic and spend the day there. Just remember the number one rule for spending time in nature: take only photos and leave only footprints.

2.     Take in the view from Clifton Suspension Bridge

This grade-I listed bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. It was designed by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw, based on a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It’s an engineering feat that offers spectacular views for those passing over it to enjoy.

Now, obviously, it is pretty hard to do this without a car, so if you’re flying in, look into car hire at Bristol airport. Booking Car Europe is a comparison website that allows you to search for all the local car hire companies to save you up to 30%. As a bonus, renting a car also allows you to explore outside of Bristol on chilled-out day trips that all the family can enjoy.

3.     Afternoon Tea at Ston Easton Park

There’s nothing more British than afternoon tea, complete with cream cakes and finger sandwiches. It’s even better when you enjoy it inside a country estate, like this one, which is just a 35-minute drive from Bristol. If it's sunny, you can eat on the terrace and look out over the lush gardens, but on colder days, you can make yourself comfy on an armchair in the drawing rooms.

4.     Go on Safari at Longleat

This is the UK’s first safari park and allows your family to see real-life animals up close as you drive through. (You can even feed the big cats for an extra fee.)

Kids will love the Adventure Castle, which contains rope bridges and zip wires, the Longleat Hedge Maze, and the Little Explorer’s Garden. Adults can explore the Longleat House and Grounds, which is one of the best Elizabethan stately homes in the country and has 15 rooms open to the public.

5.     Explore Cheddar Gorge & Caves

There is truly something for everyone here, from nature lovers to thrill seekers to geology nerds to history buffs, so you can please all the family at once. You can take in flora and fauna, like the Cheddar whitebeam and the lesser horseshoe bats, learn about the archaeological discoveries made in the caves, like Cheddar Man, the oldest, complete skeleton ever found, dating back to the Mesolithic Age, or go adventure caving. It’s only a 45-minute drive from Bristol.

6.     Wells Cathedral

This majestic medieval masterpiece, which was the first English Cathedral to be built in the Gothic style, and dominates the centre of England’s smallest city. While it’s fun to look around and admire the architecture on your own, they also have free daily tours (except on Sundays) and regular lunchtime concerts.

Hopefully, this has given you plenty of ideas for your next holiday in Bristol.
Six things to do Around Bristol Six things to do Around Bristol Reviewed by Pravesh Kumar Maurya on August 16, 2019 Rating: 5

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