10 Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

10 Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

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Bristol is a great city located in South West England and is one of those places that truly has something for everyone. It might be that you live within the confinements of the city or close by and you are thinking about how to occupy the kids during the summer holidays. Or you could be planning a city break and want to see if Bristol is the right location for you. The truth is, there is a lot to see and do, but here are 10 things to do in Bristol in the summer holidays with kids. 

Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

Aerospace Bristol 

Do you have any aviation enthusiasts in the family? Then look no further than heading to Aerospace Bristol. This is the location where you can step on board Concorde as well as see some of the other incredible air transport creations ever made. It gives you the chance to get up close and personal with these vessels and is a great way to add enthusiasm to budding imaginations. It is a great option to consider and as it is inside it is also a great thing to do if the weather isn’t so great. Make sure you check out the website to find out if there is anything going on during your time there. 

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

If you are looking for something a little different and budget-friendly then heading to Brandon Hill which is a public park could be a good idea. There you will find Cabot Tower. Brandon Hill is one of the oldest public parks in Bristol and is a great place to visit with the family with plenty of parklands to explore. Grab a picnic and enjoy the picturesque views of this beautiful park. You can also explore Cabot Tower which is a listed building and has a charm all on its own. 

Wild Place Project

Set on 50 acres of land and with plenty of animals to see and enjoy observing, the Wild Place Project is a great option for any animal lovers within the family. There is plenty of space to explore and enjoy the nature around you but you can also check out animals such as zebras, Lemurs, cheetahs and giraffes. It has something for everyone here and is always worth checking out the website to see if there are any special events taking place when you plan to visit. 

Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

Bristol Aquarium 

Another great place to visit for animal lovers especially if any of the family have a fascination with all things under the sea. Bristol Aquarium has so many exhibits filled with exotic sea animals and fish that there is a lot to explore and see. A great thing to do if you find the weather isn’t so good as it is all inside. There are 40 naturally themed displays as well as it being one of the only aquariums to have a giant botanical house. There is something for everyone here. 

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery 

Another thing to consider if the weather is far from perfect is to head to Bristol Museum and art gallery. Usually a very budget-friendly option to consider and one that can get the whole family enthused and enjoying what they are seeing and learning. Younger children will enjoy the visual things and older children will have a greater understanding of what it is they are looking at. There are 19 galleries that are set over three floors with elements including archaeology and natural history. 

The Wave 

If your family are very active then The Wave is one attraction you have to consider. Has any member of the family wanted to learn how to surf? Sometimes the sea can be too overwhelming but this gives you the chance to learn to surf indoors. There is a 200m surfing lake inside where you can get to grips with the skills that are required to surf. Even if you have never considered surfing before, it could be a great activity that could involve the whole family. 

We The Curious

We all know that our children can get a little curious, so if you want to embrace that then this is the attraction to visit during your time in Bristol. There are 300 exhibits to explore all showcasing very different things. The exhibits are designed to create questions and generate curiosity where answers can be given the further you explore. Science is a huge part of the world, so if you want to do something a little different then this could be the thing to do during the summer holidays with kids. 

Things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids

Brunels SS Great Britain 

History is a huge part of our country and we have a very interesting history to explore. Maritime history especially can be very intriguing, and if you are interested to find out a little more then heading harbourside will give you the chance to explore Brunel’s SS Great Britain. It was one of the first great ocean liners and is definitely an interesting thing to do. 

Leap of Faith 

If you have any adrenalin seekers in the family then heading to Leap of Faith could be the option to consider. It is an outdoor high rope adventure and not one for the faint-hearted. It takes a bit of courage and motivation, but this could be an adventure that the whole family can get on board. This is one that would require a good day, so try and plan your visit accordingly so you can make the most of it.


Last, of all, you can’t beat a National Trust property when looking for things to do in the summer holidays with kids and Tyntesfield could be a great option to consider. You can explore the gardens and woods, enjoy a picnic or head to the on-site cafe. It is certainly a great and relaxing day out the whole family will enjoy. Also worth checking the website to see if anything is happening when you plan to visit. 

Hopefully, this has given you plenty of inspiration for things to do in Bristol in the Summer holidays with kids. 

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