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Tuesday 6th of October 2015
1. SS Great Britain
Bristol was a prospering port city and it is proud of its heritage. SS Great Britain is just one of many testimonies to the city’s past and it’s one of the best to enjoy with younger family members. SS Great Britain has been berthed and lovingly preserved in the Great Western Dockyard and it is a chance to introduce the kids to a piece of engineering history, a genuine creation by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. You can explore the decks, decadent first-class cabins and even take a look at the cramped conditions in the cook’s quarters.
2. At Bristol
Bringing science to life At Bristol is an attraction which was built with kids in mind, rather than as an afterthought. Its core focus is entertaining, educating and inspiring children of all ages and adults won’t be disappointed either. Everything you can imagine to do with science from the beginnings of invention to a real human brain on display can be seen at this exciting science museum. It’s a bit pricey but it’s worth it if you’re visiting Bristol with young tourists and want to give them something to remember. At Bristol also has its own 3D planetarium on site and various special events throughout the year.
3. Banksy Spotting
What is Bristol in 2015 without Banksy? Give your children the chance to immerse themselves in the culture of the world’s most famous graffiti artist and go on a tour of the city looking out for his pieces. Park up your hire car in one of Bristol’s Park & Ride facilities and spend your day looking out for the most famous Banksy pieces including the Mild Mild West piece in Stokes Croft. You can find organised tours of his works but it can be a bit of adventure to try and seek them out for yourself.
4. M Shed
A new museum which tells the story of Bristol and sits in a former transit shed on the harbourside, visitors to Bristol of all ages can find out all they need to know about their host city. Learn about everything from Bristol in prehistoric times to the height of the slave trade to the development of Concorde in the city. There are regular changing exhibitions which include a Nature Videography exhibition running until November and each weekend throughout October there is the chance to take a ride on Britain’s only dockside steam railway, which the kids are bound to love.
5. Bristol Zoo
One of the UK’s most popular zoos, especially with younger visitors, Bristol Zoo is set deep within five hectares of beautiful gardens in Clifton. You can drive your hire car out to the zoo and enjoy a huge range of different wild animals in close-to-natural habitats. There are gorillas, big cats, seals and penguins to see as well as zebras, okapi and lemurs in a special new Wild Place Project. There is even a wolf enclosure which has been open just over 18 months.