Worried about keeping teenagers entertained during a visit to Bristol? Don’t be! There’s an endless amount of fun and adventure on offer for their age group, thanks to exciting attractions and activities.

Whether they’d be happiest in a wetsuit, on roller skates or holding a spray paint can, here are some of the best ways to spend a break in the city with your teens.

Tickle your senses at Wake The Tiger

Enter a portal to the world of Meridia at the world’s first Amazement Park®. Wind your way through a series of fantastical themed rooms and discovering solutions to world issues. The artwork, interactive gadgets and secret passageways will captivate even the most hard-to-impress teens.

Wake The Tiger - The Library - Credit Andre Pattenden
Image - Wake The Tiger, credit Andre Pattenden

Learn to surf at The Wave

You don’t have to go as far as the North Devon or South Wales coast to take your teens surfing. There are consistent, safe waves to ride at The Wave, with lessons for all ages and abilities. If you prefer to keep dry, watch their lesson from the Clubhouse where there’s great food, coffee and a chilled-out beachy vibe.

A beginner learning to surf at The Wave inland surfing lake near Bristol - credit The Wave
Image - The Wave

Go on a shopping spree

Cabot Circus in the city centre has a great selection of well-known brands to choose from, including Zara, Pull and Bear, H&M, Stradivarius, Monki and Urban Outfitters. For lunch or dinner, there's a huge mix of much-loved chain restaurants to pick from, such as The Real Greek, wagamama, Five Guys, Nando's and YO! Sushi. 

A view of Cabot Circus during the day - Credit Giles Rocholl
Image - Cabot Circus

Gloucester Road is a dream for anyone who wants to pick up vintage threads and charity shop gems, and you can also pick up some pre-loved bargains on Park Street

Teens will love wandering around the huge shopping mall at Cribbs Causeway, which has over 150 stores, including River Island, Fatface, Skechers, H&M, JD Sports, New Look, Pandora and Lush. There's also plenty of choice for food and drink or activities - from bowling to bouncing. Take on the neon crazy golf courses or electro-darts at Mulligans, or jump around the UK's largest trampoline park at AirHop.

A view of Cribbs Causeway shopping mall - Credit Cribbs Causeway
Image - Cribbs Causeway

Become a mountain bike adventurer with Pedal Progression

Hit the mountain bike trails of Ashton Court Estate for an exhilarating outdoor experience. There are two trails: the blue grade Nova is suitable for less experienced riders, while the red grade Super Nova is more challenging.

Mountain biking experts Pedal Progression are based on the estate and offer cycle hire as well as Skills Academy sessions for kids aged 11 to 14, to build up biking confidence and skills. They also run maintenance and trailside repair courses for the same age group, preparing young riders to safely enjoy trails.

Teenager stood next to bike wearing Skills Academy shirt - credit Pedal Progression
Image - Pedal Progression

Float along the harbour with SUP Bristol

See if your balance is any better on water with SUP Bristol, who will lead you on a paddleboarding trip around the harbour, past many of Bristol's most iconic sights. All ages and abilities are welcome. Even if you're a complete paddleboard newbie, tips and tricks from the expert instructors will have you standing up in no time!  

Paddleboarding in Redcliffe - credit Carolyn Eaton
Image - SUP Bristol, credit Carolyn Eaton

Inspire future Banksys with street art experiences

Join Where The Wall’s street art tour to discover the story behind Bristol’s graffiti culture and the making of the world’s most famous undercover artist, Banksy. Artists in the making will love getting their hands on spray cans in the graffiti workshops too. You can also book stencil sessions with Graft, who run their workshops in a unique creative space inside former police cells. 

Spend a day mural spotting around Southville and Bedminster, one of the city's most colourful pockets. That's largely thanks to Upfest, Europe's largest street art festival, using the area as a canvas every year. Visit the festival's permanent shop on North Street for artwork and merch from local artists. 

Banksy mural with teddy bear throwing molotov cocktail - credit Paul Box
Image - Banksy's Mild Mild West on Stokes Croft

Fly a hawk at The Bird of Prey Project

Not only can you see over 20 species of hawks, owls, falcons and more, there's also the opportunity to meet a hawk or owl up close in a private session, or book a guided flying session!

Owl flying to post with keeper at Bird of Prey Project - credit Bird of Prey Project
Image - Bird of Prey Project

Take to the water

Get you teen to develop a new skill - whether it's sailing with All Aboard Watersports in Bristol's harbour, canoeing around the city's waterways with the Adventurous Activity Company, or kayaking with Mendip Activity Centre in Somerset.

A group of people kayaking at Mendip Activity Centre, near Bristol - credit Mendip Activity Centre

Get your game on at Roxy Lanes

Have an afternoon of friendly competition at Roxy Lanes, where under 18s are welcome with an adult before 5pm. Make the most of bowling lanes, batting cages, shuffleboard, duck pin bowling, karaoke, ice-free curling, arcade games and pool tables for off-peak prices. Snack on pizzas and sides before, during or after your gaming.

Bowling alleys lit up with blue neon
Image - Roxy Lanes Bristol

Compete in a virtual game at MeetspaceVR

Play with up to six people all in the same game in warehouse-scale, untethered virtual reality. Choose to compete against each other or co-operate to survive your mission. Players must be over 12 years old to play, and anyone aged under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, even if the adult does not take part in the game. With a wide selection of games to choose from, what adventure will you choose?

People in VR headsets with Zero Latency sign behind - credit MeetspaceVR
Image - MeetspaceVR

Cheer on the local teams

Would they love watching some live sport? Football fans are well catered for in the city, whether you choose to watch a Championship game with Bristol City FC at Ashton Gate Stadium, or Bristol Rovers play in League One at the Memorial Stadium just off Gloucester Road.

More into rugby? Watch world-class players including Ellis Genge, Harry Randall and Kalaveti Ravouvou play with Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate Stadium.

If you’re visiting during cricket season, watch Gloucestershire County Cricket Club at the Seat Unique Stadium. Basketball team Bristol Flyers play at SGS Wise Campus, while ice hockey team Bristol Pitbulls are based at Planet Ice, where you can also get your skates on for public skate sessions. 

Bristol City football players during a match between Bristol City and Fulham at Ashton Gate Stadium in South Bristol - credit JMP Photography
Image - Bristol City at Ashton Gate Stadium

Take a trip to the coast

Have a day by the seaside and enjoy the Weston Wallz street around Weston-super-Mare, before heading to The Grand Pier for go-karting, amusement arcades and thrilling rides. 

Just along the coast, Brean Theme Park has over 40 rides, including rollercoasters, log flume, dodgems, crazy boats and a ghost train! Make sure to also have a go on at the Go-Kart Race and 18-hole Congo Golf. 

A man driving a go kart at The Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare near Bristol - credit The Grand Pier 
Image - Go-Karts at The Grand Pier

Brush up on all things Bristol at M Shed

M Shed tells the story of Bristol, from prehistoric times to the present day. This thought-provoking and fun living museum delves into the past and sparks debate about the future, perfect for switched-on teenagers interested in history, culture and politics. Look out for Banksy's Grim Reaper artwork, which was salvaged from the nearby Thekla, and the Protest exhibition which includes the Edward Colston statue which was toppled during a protest in June 2020.

Once you've walked around the exhibitions, have a wander around the shipping containers of Wapping Wharf next door to find something tasty to eat - you've got plenty to choose from, including hotdogs, fish and chips, burgers, pizza and lots more!

A view of the cargo cranes outside Bristol's M Shed local history museum - credit Paul Box
Image - M Shed, credit Paul Box

Join Yuup for original Bristol experiences

Yuup curates activities and experiences led by local experts and there are heaps that teenagers will love. Explore the local area in new ways by booking themed tours about street art or local history; learn a new skill like foraging, breadmaking or pottery; or enjoy unique Bristol experiences like movie nights in Redcliffe Caves.

A group of people doing a foraging course - credit Yuup
Image - Yuup

Gather your mates for a Treasure Hunt

Even if you’ve been to the city centre a million times, with Treasure Hunt Bristol’s self-guided adventure you’ll discover places, people and things you never knew about Bristol. Use your collective brainpower to solve riddles from Captain Bess and unearth fascinating facts and stories.

Get among the wildlife at Bristol Zoo Project

Animal-mad teenagers will love the Bristol Zoo Project. The conservation park is themed around different habitats ranging from ancient British woodland to the wilds of Cameroon. Spot giraffes, bears, lemurs, baboons and much more.

While you’re there, take a Leap of Faith on the high rope adventure course, home of Bristol’s only giant swing.

Giraffes at Bristol Zoo Project - © Andre Pattenden
Image - Bristol Zoo Project, credit Andre Pattenden

Take a break for sweet treats

When it’s time for a treat, Bristol has plenty of sugary goodies to sample, from Swoon’s epic gelato and Fluffy Fluffy's souffle pancakes, to Chez Marcel’s traditional crêpes.  

Matcha pancakes - credit Fluffy Fluffy
Image - Fluffy Fluffy Bristol

Go supersonic at Aerospace Bristol

Impressive feats of engineering are also on show at Aerospace Bristol, the museum celebrating the city's aeronautical achievements. This place sparks wonder and inspiration as you journey from the earliest days of powered flight to cutting edge modern technology. A highlight is always the chance to step on board the iconic Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. 

Exhibits inside The Aerospace Galleries at Aerospace Bristol - credit Jack Hobhouse
Image - Aerospace Bristol

Discover your inner engineer at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Take a voyage on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the history-making ship turned award-winning family attraction. Explore the ship and see what life would have been like for its Victorian passengers, learn about the celebrated engineer (and honorary Bristolian) behind its build, and take on some engineering challenges, from drawing the perfect circle in a shaky train carriage to Top Trump cards with Brunel's greatest projects!

Just around the corner, you'll find Banksy's famous artwork The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum, plus one of Bristol's most Instagrammable views of Bristol Marina, the Grain Barge and the colourful houses of Cliftonwood.

Exterior of the SS Great Britain at the Great Western Dockyard in Bristol - credit Brunel's SS Great Britain
Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Play golf with a twist at Ashton Court Estate

Ever played FootGolf? How about DiscGolf? There are no clubs in these family-friendly takes on the game, but the rules are essentially the same: get the football or frisbee in the hole in as a few shots as possible.

Go on thrilling woodland adventures at Go Ape

Fly down zip-wires, leap off a Tarzan Swing and tackle obstacles on the Tree Top Challenge course at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean (just under an hour's drive from Bristol). For those who aren’t great with heights, the Forest Segway experience might be more enjoyable, rolling through woodland trails on a rugged all-terrain segway.

A family taking part in the Treetop Challenge at Go Ape Mallards Pike near Bristol - credit Go Ape
Image - Go Ape

Getting to Bristol

It's easy to get to Bristol by public transport, with rail one of the most convenient and green options. Temple Meads Station the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham.

Alternatively, hop on a coach service from National Express, Megabus, FlixBus and Falcon. If you're thinking of bringing the car, consider using the Park & Ride services for day trips.

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