Bristol is one of our favourite cities, it really does have it all – some wonderful restaurants, a buzzing and vibrant centre and lots of places to explore with children. So we were really excited to take a winter’s weekend in Bristol with kids to enjoy some of what the city had on offer in the colder season.
We travelled by train, straight in to Bristol Temple Meads station, Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s great creation and just so majestic, arching across the train tracks, allowing the announcements to echo through the hall. From here it was a short walk to the centre, along the canals and through the parks.
We were staying at the Novotel in the city centre, booked through Expedia. It was wonderful to be able to easily access all the available choices in the city for the weekend on the Expedia site and pick something that really worked for us as a family. Being able to include the train travel, breakfast and make sure wifi and parking were going to be part of the deal too made it so easy.
We dropped our bags and headed out again, walking along the waterfront, pointing out boats bobbing restlessly in the harbour and found ourselves at the MShed, Bristol free museum which tells the story of the city’s residents through the ages.
This is such a great museum, packed full of exhibits, colourful interactive objects and stories of the residents who lived in the city throughout the centuries. I particularly liked the air raid shelter with its voices of those who had survived the bombing during the second world war.
I loved the views from here, the big glass windows providing the perfect picture on to the city, over the silvery water to the Cathedral beyond.
We headed out again, behind the industrial MShed building to Wapping Wharf’s amazing foodie scene where lines of shipping containers create wonderful spaces for imaginative cooking. There’s Caribbean, Greek, fish and chips and pies amongst many others. We stopped for noodles and rice at Woky Ko, the perfect winter warmer with the right amount of spice for the kids to enjoy too.
A quick wander around the city’s Christmas market as darkness set in and then it was back to our hotel, perfect for a family stay it was comfortable and cosy and perfectly central.
It was lovely to wake up to some hot food and pastries at the Novotel, ready for another day out exploring.
I love the bustle of Bristol. It has a friendliness about it, a warmth that makes you smile no matter what the weather. After a wander through the city’s shopping district of Cabot’s Circus and a stop for coffee and cakes we wound our way back to Millennium Square to watch the ice skaters gently (and some not so gently) glide across the rink.
We quickly retreated to the warmth of We the Curious, Bristol’s amazing, interactive science museum. The kids absolutely love it here with two huge floors of fun.
We blew huge bubbles, made our own Aardman style animations, got scanned in the 3D virtual reality experience and danced in the ambient music tent. There was so much to do here it was hard to get the kids to leave.
As the waning winter sun enveloped us we caught the bus back to the train station, sad to leave beautiful Bristol behind but very confident we will be returning again soon.
This post is in collaboration with Awin.