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Attractions

There are several world-class attractions in Bristol, including Britain’s most acclaimed historic ship, its iconic suspension bridge, the world’s fifth oldest zoo, one of Europe’s leading interactive science centres and an outstanding network of free city museums.

Below is our pick of Bristol's best attractions.

You can view all the attractions here.

Top Bristol attractions

M Shed

M Shed

M Shed is an exciting and innovative flagship museum for Bristol with gallery space and a packed events schedule.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Bristol Old Vic Theatre

Britain's oldest working theatre showcases some of the most cutting-edge theatre in the country.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens

A visit to this city zoo is your passport for a day trip into an amazing world of animals, exhibits and other attractions

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Step aboard the award-winning Brunel's ss Great Britain for a ship shape and Bristol fashion day out!

At-Bristol Science Centre

At-Bristol Science Centre

Interactive, family-friendly technology centre.

Wild Place Project

Wild Place Project

The Wild Place Project is Bristol’s new affordable and fun family attraction that will provide adventure, play and learning.

Bristol Aquarium

Bristol Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium in the Harbourside area that provides an amazing underwater adventure from the British coast to exotic tropical seas

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Museum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in a magnificent building

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

The Matthew

The Matthew

Replica of John Cabot's 1497 ship that he used to discover Newfoundland, which is open for visits and cruises around the harbour

The Bristol Hippodrome

The Bristol Hippodrome

One of the country's top provincial theatres, which proudly continues to stage major West End and Broadway productions

On the outskirts

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Well renowned and popular conservation centre, which features the world's largest collection of swans, geese, ducks and flamingos

Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric valley of the Dinosaurs...

Bowood House and Gardens

Bowood House and Gardens

Bowood offers a fantastic day out in Wiltshire for all the family.

Cheddar Gorge

Cheddar Gorge

The West Country's own Grand Canyon.

Avon Valley Railway

Avon Valley Railway

Railway that's much more than your average steam train ride, offering a whole new experience for some or a nostalgic memory for others

Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield

Spectacular Victorian country house and estate, situated on a ridge overlooking the beautiful Yeo Valley

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park

A stunning National Trust property, set in 265 acres of ancient deerpark, built between 1691 and 1702 for William Blathwayt.

Puxton Park

Puxton Park

This 50 acre family adventure park is one of the largest visitor attractions in the South West providing fun and variety with something to offer...

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is a beautiful and historic Castle, begun in 1117 and still remains the home of the Berkeley family. It is a great day-out for...

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Arboretum with over 16,000 rare and beautiful trees, all set in 600 glorious, easy-to-stroll Cotswold acres

The North Somerset Butterfly House

The North Somerset Butterfly House

The North Somerset Butterfly House is a tropical paradise where you can surround yourself with stunning exotic butterflies and flowers and where...

American Museum in Britain

American Museum in Britain

Situated within a Georgian manor house in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the American Museum is home to the finest collection of...

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Get hands on and meet a variety of animals, including giraffe, rhinos, tigers and lions, then relax while the kids use the 12 play areas

Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare

Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare

The Grand Pier is open every day, except Christmas Day, so come hail, rain or shine, you’ll always get a warm welcome. Whatever the weather is...

Old Down Country Park

Old Down Country Park

Set in 66 acres of breathtaking countryside walks, gardens, animals, play areas and a Cafe catering for all the family, Old Down Country Park is...

The above list is just a small selection – you can view all Bristol attractions here.

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