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Top 5 Bristol Visitor Attractions

Bristol Zoo

Whether you’re old or young, in a large group or by yourself, it’s hard to go wrong with a day out at the zoo. Bristol Zoo is one of the most popular in the country, and features over 300 mammals from 50 different species, including rare mammals such as red pandas and Asiatic lions. The site also boasts an impressive reptile house, a diverse aquarium, and crowd favourites such as penguins and chimpanzees. As well as an impressive array of nature’s most wonderful creatures, the zoo site also has plenty of food and drink areas, and interactive activities for all ages. For more information, visit the zoo’s official website.

Avon Valley Railway

An essential day out for steam enthusiasts and those with an interest in British heritage, The Avon Valley Railway is a three-mile-long heritage railway based at Bitton station in South Gloucestershire. The railway gives visitors to travel on a genuine old-fashioned steam locomotive, and the line offers gorgeous views of the pristine Gloucestershire countryside. The route also has all the station amenities you could want along the way, such as ample toilet facilities and a well-stocked cafe for refreshments. Having reopened in the 1970s, the railway now attracts 80,000 visitors per year, and is perfect for a family day out.

Blaise Castle

The stunning Blaise Castle is an 18th-century Grade II-listed mansion house and estate near Henbury in Bristol, which houses a museum with an impressive array of artefacts. Blaise Castle is one of the most-visited castles in England, and was immortalised in Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey, where it was described as “the finest place in England”. The castle is part of a 650-acre estate of parkland, which is open to the public, which includes modern visiting facilities and an expansive car park to store your Easirent hire car.

Bristol Harbour

Historically one of the most thriving ports in the United Kindgom, Bristol’s economy has been inextricably linked with seafaring since the 1500s, and Bristol’s iconic harbour area remains an integral part of its economy to this day. While Bristol is still a prosperous port city, the harbourside now boasts an array of museums, cafes, restaurants, and bars, and is popular with tourists and Bristolians alike. Whether you’re looking for culture, relaxation or fun, a day down by the harbour is a day well-spent.


At-Bristol is a science centre in the heart of the city, with the mission statement of ‘making science accessible to all’. The centre opened in 2000, and has since attracted hundereds of thousands of visitors. Exhibitions have a strong emphasis on visitor participation and interaction, and the subjects covered are extremely diverse, ranging from neuoroscience to space travel to animation. There’s also an impressive planetarium at the site, which, along with its regular show, features a ‘Little Stars’ show for children under 6 years old. This charming establishment can make for a fascinating day out, no matter your age or level of scientific knowledge.

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