Attractions in Bristol
Blue Reef Aquarium & IMAX 3D Cinema
The spectacular new Blue Reef Aquarium in Bristol's Harbourside provides visitors with the opportunity to embark on an amazing underwater adventure from the British coast through warmer waters to exotic tropical seas.
Bristol Zoo Gardens
A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is a trip to an amazing world of animals, all set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens. Meet over 450 species of exotic, endangered and cute animals from the four corners of the globe
Clifton Suspension Bridge
The symbol of the city of Bristol, majestic with stunning views of the beautiful Avon Gorge. Grade 1 listed structure. Designed in the early 19th century for light horse drawn traffic it still meets the demands of 21 st century commuter traffic with 11-12,000 motor vehicles crossing it every day. There are free guided tours every Sunday and they are only £2,50 per person during the week.
Bristol Blue Glass Ltd
Watch Bristol blue glass being made by our skilled team of glassmakers in our new visitors centre and purchase direct from us at our factory shop /
The Bristol Hippodrome is one of the country's top provincial theatres and one which continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions http://www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk/
Open from Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm. Sunday 7.20am – 5pm. Guided tours on Saturdays, or as arranged through the Chapter Clerk
A church has probably stood on this site for over a thousand years but it came to prominence in 1140 when Robert Fitzhardinge founded the Abbey of St. Augustine. The Chapter House and Abbey Gatehouse remain clearly to be seen, the other remains are within Bristol Cathedral School.
Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery
Outstanding collections of art and archaeology, geology and natural history housed in a magnificent Edwardian baroque building.
Take a journey through Belief, Life, Death and Afterlife of the ancient Egyptians in the new Egypt Gallery. The gallery features over 600 objects, most never displayed before, in the best Egyptian collection in the south west.
Glenside Hospital Museum
Housed in an old church the museum shows a glimpse of every day life at the former Glenside Hospital. Artefacts include strait-jackets, padded cells and post-mortem equipment. Also everyday items from the past including scales, irons, telephones and church artefacts. Some of the curios date back to the 1850s when the hospital was known as Bristol Lunatic Asylum.
The museum has a wide range of paraphernalia and images from the life of Glenside and of the local Learning Disability Hospitals of the Stoke Park Group and the Burden Neurological Institution. /
Troopers Hill Nature Reserve
Troopers Hill is a Local Nature Reserve in St George, east Bristol, owned by Bristol Parks. It is a hillside that has been quarried and mined in the past and overlooks the River Avon. The hill contains a fascinating mix of history, wild plants and animals. With heather and broom, rocky crags, spoil heaps and gullies, stunning views and two listed chimneys, Troopers Hill is one of the most secular wildlife spots in the city. It has won the prestigious Green Flag award every year since 2007.
Oldbury Court Estate
Oldbury Court is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and excellent children's play facilities. Only three miles from Bristol city centre, the estate is a great place for a family day out, featuring big green spaces and picnic areas, and is popular with walkers for its varied landscape and panoramic views.
Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate
Open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00.
This 19th century mansion, set in 400 acres of parkland, is home to the social history collection. Discover everyday objects from centuries past including Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen and laundry equipment, model trains, dolls, toys and period costume in the museum. Explore the parkland and woodlands, enjoy the cafe and children’s adventure playground.
Kings Weston Roman Villa
The remains of a roman villa or country house/farmhouse of the late 3rd and 4th Century AD with mosaic flooring, heating system and bath suite. Located by Long Cross Road, in Lawrence Weston. To view the remains collect a key from Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road or Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road. Entrance is free but a refundable £5 deposit is required for the keys.
The Georgian House
Open Saturday to Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00. Tours available for booked groups.
One of the most complete 18th century town houses surviving in the UK. Furnished to illustrate life both above and below stairs, rooms on 4 floors give a glimpse into a family household. It also contains a rare cold water plunge bath. Originally the home of the Pinney family, West India merchants.
St Mary Redcliffe Church
Open from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday and from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on Bank Holidays.
On certain festivals the Church is only open for worship – please check their website.
St Mary Redcliffe is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture which has stood on this site for some 800 years. Within its walls you will find a superb collection of carved bosses, elegant eighteenth century ironwork, beautiful stained glass and a world famous organ.