10 Top things to do in Bristol with kids

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Bristol is our favourite city in the UK, it really does have everything going for it with so much going on for all the family. Having lived in the city for over 10 years we have put together our 10 top things to do in bristol with kids, with lots of fun options and cultural ideas too (and check out our Rainy day activities labelled below too.

10 Top things to do in Bristol with kids

1. We the Curious

The somewhat quirky named We the Curious is home to Bristol’s amazing interactive science museum. There is something here that all ages will enjoy and look out for their Toddler takeover days which are completely geared to the under 4s too. There’s a Planetarium, a brilliant section featuring Aardman’s Gromit creations and a lovely cafe too. There really is so much going on here and it’s somewhere kids will love.

Rainy day activity.


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2. SS Great Britain

One of my favourite places to visit in Bristol is the SS Great Britain. Do not expect a standard look around an old ship here. The SS Great Britain is interactive in every sense (including smell) and a real treat to look around. This ship has been brought to life and it’s possible to get a great insight in to what life on this liner would have been like as it crossed the oceans in centuries past. It’s even possible to climb the masts for a really fun look down on the ship. Don’t miss this wonderful place.

Read our full review of the SS Great Britain here.


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3. Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is the world’s oldest provincial zoo. I love that they have got rid of most of their big animals now (although in my opinion the lions should be next to move somewhere with more space) and the zoo has a real focus on conservation. They have a wonderful insect world and a fantastic huge playground. This is easily a whole day trip out with plenty to see and enjoy from meerkats to the fantastic lemur walk.

Rainy day activity.


4. Bristol Museum

Bristol Museum at the top of Park Street is a wonderful place to take children of all ages. There are so many exhibits from those on Egyptology to creatures of the past who lived near Bristol. They have regular special exhibitions and events such as a brilliant Chinese New Year celebration. This is a free to enter museum and there’s a small play area and lovely cafe on the ground floor.

Rainy day activity.


5. MShed

The MShed is another free museum in Bristol and tells the story of the city through the ages. It’s a great place to visit with some really interesting interactive exhibits such as the air raid shelter which starts telling you stories of real people during the war as you stand inside it. There’s plenty of fun to be had here and there’s often touring exhibitions that take up some of the space. There are also some great views across the city and don’t miss the talking cranes (really!), outside.


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6. Clifton Suspension Bridge & Observatory

Clifton Suspension Bridge is a feat of engineering and just beautiful to look at and walk across. Opened in 1864 it is based on a design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and is seen as a symbol of the city. For the best views of it climb to the Clifton observatory just to the side of it where you can stop for a drink at the top and gaze down on this incredible structure.


7.  Climb on board The Matthew

To find out more about Bristol’s seafaring history, climb on board The Matthew, a replica of the original ship that John Cabot sailed to Newfoundland in 1497. You can have a look over the ship for free when it is tied up outside the MShed (although donations are welcome) or you can take a short trip sailing down the river here. The volunteers on board are incredibly knowledgeable and really bring alive the history of this time of discovery.

Read our full review of The Matthew here.


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8. The Wild Place Project

Run in association with Bristol Zoo the Wild Place Project is out of the city and you need a car to get there. It’s a wonderful place though, full of animals and fun play areas. The animals are organised in to sections according to where in the world they originate and they have everything from baboons to wolves. There’s a wonderful barefoot walk too. This is an imaginative wildlife park at its best.

Read our full review of The Wild Place here.


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9. Blaise Castle

Slightly out of the main city centre Blaise Castle is a wonderful Estate to visit with kids. Not only can you often go in to the property for a look around, which is free of charge, but there are also the grounds to explore. Best of all are the playgrounds outside with zip wires and climbing frames galore. It’s the perfect place to blow off some steam.


10. Bristol Aquarium

Not the largest of aquariums but a nice place to spend an hour or two down by the harbourfront. Bristol Aquarium takes you on a walk through its various exhibits including sharks, rays, a giant octopus and some beautiful sea horses. Bristol aquarium focuses both on seas from around the world and those closer to Bristol. Part of the aquarium is in a giant glasshouse which is perfect on colder days.

Rainy day activity.


Check out more of our reviews around Bristol here and we have lots more of our ‘Top 10 things to do in…” in our series here.

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