Give the gift of unique and fun Bristol experiences. Whether they’re the outdoorsy type, love their food and drink, or are a family with little ones, there's an experience for them in our guide.  

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Family 

Sleep over on board Brunel's SS Great Britain  

Play being passengers on the SS Great Britain for one night, with activities like an interactive planetarium experience and a captain’s tour to help you become a ship-shape mate.  

For a daytime experience on the world’s first great ocean liner, you can climb the rigging all the way to a 26m viewing platform for an awesome look across the floating harbour.  

Gaze at the stars in the We The Curious planetarium 

Explore the outer reaches of the solar system inside the giant silver ball that is the We The Curious planetarium, an awe-inspiring immersive experience for all ages. 

Take a trip to Bristol Zoo Gardens

Buy a Bristol Zoo Gardens gift voucher and plan a day out filled with red pandas, meerkats, gorillas, reptiles and heaps more amazing animals.

Adventure High Ropes with Leap of Faith  

Climb, leap and swing your way through the outdoor high rope adventure course, set in the beautiful Wild Place Project grounds.   

Discover the Treasure Island Trail  

Gather your hearties up for a swashbuckling adventure around the Harbourside, discovering Bristol’s connection to the classic pirate novel ‘Treasure Island’ along the way.  

Mini Farmer Experience at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm 

Little ones can get up close with the farmyard animals at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. They’ll get stuck in with feeding animals, grooming ponies and mucking out.   

Gift vouchers for Bristol attractions 

Our round-up of vouchers and gift cards features plenty of Bristol attractions that make top family days out. You can also find great gifts from your family’s favourite attractions in this guide.  

Leap of Faith at Wild Place Project
Image - Leap of Faith at Wild Place Project

Active 

See Bristol from a stand up paddleboard  

Get a unique perspective on the city’s famous Harbourside landmarks from a paddle board. The SUP Bristol team can make it as demanding or leisurely as you please!   

Go mountain biking in the woods 

Pedal Progression’s skills coaching and guided mountain bike rides around the scenic trails of Leigh Woods are great for beginners looking to learn the basics or advanced bikers.  

Abseil down the Avon Gorge   

Know someone with a head for heights? Get them kitted up to descend the Avon Gorge with the help of a trained instructor from the Adventurous Activity Company – remember to enjoy the view on the way down! 

Explore the Forest of Dean on a Segway  

Go off road in the great outdoors on a Segway safari through the forest. This is a great option for thrillseekers who also enjoy being among nature. 

Tour Bristol on a tandem bike  

Do you know a couple who’d enjoy a day on a bicycle made for two? Rentals are available from a half day to a full week or weekend, and route guides can be provided for themed trails around the city, such as Docks to the Clifton Suspension Bridge and The Graffiti Trail. 

Go VIP at one of Bristol’s football teams  

Go behind the scenes and a match with your favourite football team in style, whether it’s Bristol City or Bristol Rovers.  

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) Bristol
Image - Stand Up Paddleboaring with SUP Bristol on the harbour 

Nature and wildlife 

See the lions at Longleat up close  

Combine taking a tour of this huge safari park and historic house with an animal experience, whether it’s with Longleat’s famous lions, holding one of their reptiles or feeding the sea lions

Meet the elephants at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm 

Help the zoo keepers with feeding these majestic animals and tending to their enclosure. There is also plenty of time to ask questions and find out more about the enrichment treats they provide in this behind-the-scenes tour. 

Take a private tour at Jekka’s Herb Farm  

This guided tour will include detailed information about the medicinal and culinary herbs grown on site from Jekka McVicar herself or one of her senior horticulturists, followed by light refreshments or lunch. 

Jekka's Herb FarmImage - Jekka's Herb Farm


Food and drink 

Taste your way around the city with The Bristol Food Tour 

Get an introduction to the city’s best independent food and drink businesses with local experts. Pick from tours in different areas such as Stokes Croft and South of the River, or join them for a vegan adventure.   

Go on a beery brewery tour with Bristol Hoppers 

Quench your thirst at some of the city’s top pubs, microbreweries and tap rooms on a Bristol Hoppers tour, due to start again in 2021.   

Brewery tour at Moor Beer Co 

Beer lovers can also join a tour at Moor Beer Co, the top-rated brewery in St Philips.  

Find a cookery class or tasting with Yuup 

Food tours with a Michelin-starred chef, wine tasting, gin masterclasses, foraging workshops, cookery classes and lots more. 

The Bristol Food Tour
Image - The Bristol Food Tour

Taste some Bristol wine at a vineyard tour  

Sample some locally-made wine in a tour of the scenic Aldwick Court Estate or learn more about biodynamic wine at Limeburn Hill, both located just outside the city in beautiful countryside. 

Do a distillery tour with 6 O’clock Gin 

From botanicals to bottling, see all the steps of the gin making process at the 6 O’clock Gin distillery, followed by a tutored tasting.   

6 O'Clock Gin tasting sessions
Image - 6 O'Clock Gin tasting sessions

Extra special 

Step aboard the last Concorde at Aerospace Bristol  

Explore the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot and learn all about the story behind this iconic piece of British history that was designed and built in Bristol.  

Soar over the city in a hot air balloon with Bailey Balloons 

Go on a magical balloon ride and see the city from a whole new perspective. Bailey Balloons’ flight packages can include drinks on touchdown, a flight certificate, in-flight photos and more.  

Balloon flight experience with Elite Air (UK)  

Take off on a ballooning adventure with Elite Air, with a range of flight vouchers to choose from.   

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon with Bristol Balloons  

Enjoy amazing panoramic views as you float along with Bristol Balloons, with flight packages such as Champagne Classic and Weekday Sunrise on offer.  

Bailey Balloons Bristol
Image - Bailey Balloons

Stay in a Victorian mansion at Tortworth Court 

Escape for a night away at Tortworth Court, a Grade II* listed country house hotel in the Cotswolds.  

Drive a steam train at the Avon Valley Railway 

Train enthusiasts can tick driving a steam or diesel locomotive off the bucket list, under the expert guidance of Avon Valley Railway’s drivers and firemen.  

Tour the hidden vaults at The Clifton Suspension Bridge 

Find out what lies beneath Brunel’s iconic bridge – a well-kept secret, only rediscovered in 2002.  

Stay in the UK's largest four poster bed at Thornbury Castle 

Feel like royalty as you rest up in the largest four poster bed in any UK hotel, inside a 16th century building once owned by Henry VIII.  

Aerospace Bristol (Concorde Hangar) credit Adam Gasson
Inage - Aerospace Bristol. Credit Adam Gasson

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