• Top 10 Things for Families

    Our top ten things for families to do in Bristol!

Top 10 Things for Families

Stuck for ideas on what to do with the family in Bristol? 


We have compiled a top 10 list of fun things to do that will keep the whole family entertained... and they won't break the bank either. Hit the road and head to Bristol!

Things to do with kids in Bristol

Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor family activities in Bristol, there are many unique things to do. And, not just in the city centre. Here are some days out in Bristol that you can do throughout the year, not just at half term.

Kid friendly things to do in Bristol 

1. Bristol Zoo Gardens

Set within 12 acres of grounds and beautiful gardens, Bristol Zoo is the perfect adventure for the family. You will come face to face with hundreds of bizarre, cute, and endangered animals from across the globe. So why not visit the zoo and wave at the family of gorillas, be mesmerised by the colourful, tropical Butterfly Forest or watch as the seals and penguins splash and dive. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, check out our discounted 'Wild Days Out Offer'.

Entry Fees: From £16 for adults, £11 for children aged 2-14, under 2's are free

1b. Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

The family-owned Noah's Ark Zoo is on 100 acres of beautiful, peaceful countryside. It opened in 1999 when you get "hands-on" at the farm. Bottle feeding lambs, tractor rides and playing in the barn. These exhibits are still there today, but now there are more animals, including African elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos and spectacled bears. 

Entry Fees: From £18 for adults, £13 for children aged 2-16, under 2's are free

1c. Windmill Hill City Farm

Just a short drive or 20-minute walk from Bristol city centre is City Farm. With a range of farm animals and picnic and play areas, it is fun to visit. It is open 7 days a week but is only staffed Monday to Friday. 

Entry Fees: Free

2. Laser Fusion

Wondering how to use all of that energy your child has? Then why not take them along to experience Laser Fusion? Laser tag is very much like living in a high action combat computer game. Don't worry; there is zero contact; the high tech infra-red equipment does all the work. Look out for the special offers throughout the year.

Entry Fees: From £6.50 per person

3. We The Curious

Suppose you and your kids fancy channelling your inner Einstein. In that case, We The Curious is a truly unique experience not to be missed. The science centre has many hands-on, action-packed exhibits to discover and regular live shows to be watched. 

Entry Fees: From £13.95 for adults, £6.45 for children aged 3-14, under 3's are free

4. Pirate Pete's Walking Tour

The Pirate Walking Tour is an excellent activity for the whole family. You will enjoy a walk around the quays of Bristol, discovering the city's history, including stories about the pirates and swashbucklers of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Oh, and dressing up is encouraged…that means you, Dad. 

Entry Fees: £12.50 for Adults, £6.50 for children and £30.00 for a family ticket (2 adults 2 children)

5. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery 

You will not be short of things to do in the Bristol Museum. There are many rooms to explore, from impressive artwork to the dinosaur section. If you have a younger child, we recommend you visit the 'under 7s area' where many a creepy story is told, pots are made, and young actors may be born. This experience will leave both you and your kids inspired. 

Entry Fees: Free

6. Blaise Castle Estate

Blaise Castle House Museum features a 19th Century mansion set in 650 acres of parkland, making it perfect for family days out. The social history collection includes Victorian toilets and baths, kitchen and laundry equipment, model trains, dolls, toys and period costumes. There's even a children's play area.

Entry fees: Free with a small pay and display parking charge

7. Brandon Hill Park

Let the kids run wild in Brandon Hill Park. It's one of the best things to do in Bristol for kids of different ages. Enjoy the scenic picnic areas, fantastic views of the city and even enjoy the stunning sunsets. Oh, and remember to bring some nuts to feed the squirrels.  

Entry Fees: Free

8. Clifton Suspension Bridge

One of Bristol's most recognisable structures is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. The Visitor Centre is open Friday to Tuesday between 10am-5pm, but closes for lunch. The views are spectacular. For families, there is a family trail that you can follow to Leigh Woods

Entry Fees: Free

9. Bristol Aquarium

Visit Bristol Aquarium and experience the 40 fantastic displays of mesmerising marine life from across the globe, ranging from the tiny seahorses to the large sharks. It's also the only aquarium in the UK to feature a giant botanical house, known as an urban jungle. 

Entry Fees: £17.50 for adults, £11.25 for children aged 3-12, and under 3's are free

10. Arnos Vale 

Ok, Arnos Vale Cemetary may not be your first thought when looking for Days out Bristol with kids. However, there's a discovery trail across the spectacular Victorian garden, and you can find out more about the city. There are even special family events Bristol throughout the year, including Halloween and Christmas and graveyard tours.

Entry Fees: Free



It doesn't end there

From bowling alleys to art galleries and street art discoveries, Bristol is so family friendly. There's also Bristol Cathedral, Ashton Court Estate with its fantastic Georgian house and country park. Whether you are driving, cycling or getting off the train at Bristol Temple Meads, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to free things to do as well as quality paid attractions. Little ones and teens will love Bristol.

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Did you know? 

Future Inn Bristol is a family-friendly hotel. The hotels bedrooms can sleep up to four, and interconnecting rooms, it makes them ideal for a family staycation. Plus, free parking, free WiFi and a whole host of home away from home perks. Rooms on our website start from £67 per night, and under 12's stay for free.

Kids eat free at Future Inns. Children aged under 5's eat for free throughout the year. The special offer is extended to under 12's during half term and the school holidays. The menu has something for foodies or those who may be a bit fussier, and they always ensure that there is one of the ‘five a day’ on the plate.

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