Bringing the family to Bristol? After experiencing the excitement of the city’s attractions, adventurous activities and delicious food and drink, you’ll need somewhere to rest and recharge. Luckily, there are countless places to stay with kids, whether you fancy a city centre hotel with big interconnecting rooms and kids-stay-free deals or a peaceful campsite in the Somerset countryside.

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Kid-friendly hotels in Bristol

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Book a family room at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel for a stay in a historic Grade II-listed building that’s been revamped with contemporary art, with help from local gallery and street art festival Upfest. Based on Broad Street in the Old City, you’re in a prime place for exploring. Find family-friendly menus at city centre restaurants, go on water-based Harbourside adventures, see family theatre shows at Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Hippodrome, check out museums and so much more.

Bedroom at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Image - Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, credit Jose Coello

Future Inns Bristol Cabot Circus Hotel

Future Inns brings Canadian hospitality (and big comfy beds!) to Bristol. Families love this hotel for the warm welcome, choice of rooms with two beds or interconnecting bedrooms and central location, just opposite Cabot Circus in Bristol Shopping Quarter. Under 12s can even stay for free and they regularly run other special offers, both for the hotel and the Chophouse Restaurant, to help you have a great value stay.

Future Inns at Cabot Circus
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Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre

Also in Bristol Shopping Quarter, the modern four-star Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre has 40 rooms and suites with sofa beds for the kids. There are interconnecting rooms too, if you need space for your brood to spread out. Children under the 17 stay for free when sharing their parents’ room, plus up to four kids aged 12 and under eat free any time of the day at the on-site restaurant, the Spot Kitchen. They serve up hearty breakfasts and main meals like cooked-to-order burgers, chicken wings and veggie lasagne.

Suite at Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre
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Novotel Bristol Centre

Travelling by train? The Novotel is less than a ten-minute walk from Temple Meads, so you can be off the train, checked into your hotel and enjoying family time in Bristol within minutes. Pick between family rooms and interconnecting rooms. Accommodation and breakfast are free for up to two children under the age of 16 when you book a room for four, or get 50% off a second room. There’s also a play area with video games and tabletop football if you need to keep kids entertained at the hotel!

Suite at Novotel Bristol Centre
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Moxy Bristol

The cool and colourful Moxy Bristol is one of the newest places to stay in Bristol – and one of the best for families too. Kids can have fun with board games and table football in the play zone, where there’s also lots of charging points to keep their phones and tech powered up. In the bedrooms, Chromecast TVs mean you can all enjoy your favourite Netflix shows at the hotel.

For grown-ups, a Moxy stay starts with a free cocktail on arrival in the bar and dining area, where they serve a casual all-day menu too. If you fancy sampling some of Bristol's other culinary delights but want the ease of eating at the hotel, order a takeaway to the dining area (no need to hide in your room). Oh, and four-legged members of the family are also very welcome!

Moxy Bristol lobby sitting area
Image - Moxy Bristol, credit Christopher Baker

Mollie’s Motel & Diner

This swish American-inspired motel designed by Soho House is the perfect stopover if you’re planning to spend time at South Gloucestershire attractions like Wild Place Project, Aerospace Bristol and The Wave. Interconnecting family rooms or four-person bunk rooms are available, all kitted with luxurious amenities such as high pressure rain showers and Dyson and GHD hair appliances. After a day of adventuring in the city, come back to the diner to fill up on burgers, hot dogs, mac and cheese and other comforting, kid-friendly classics.

Mollie's Motel & Diner sign
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Wookey Hole Hotel

Wake up to Wookey Hole, the spectacular underground cave network and family attraction, on the doorstep. Short breaks for families of two adults and two kids start from £39.99 and during school holidays, you can book family packages which include your entry tickets into the attraction. There’s so much more to explore in this corner of Somerset too – from the adventure-filled Mendip Activity Centre to the Somerset Rural Life Museum, plus more caves and stunning cliffs at Cheddar Gorge.

If you prefer self-catering, Bucklegrove Holiday Park is just a five-minute drive away from Wookey Hole. It has luxury lodges with hot tubs and woodland cabins as well as touring and camping pitches.  

Family eating ice cream on a picnic bench outside Wookey Hole Hotel
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Family campsites and glamping

The Camp at The Wave

Enjoy the spirit of a beachside surfing holiday on the outskirts of Bristol. The Wave is home to most consistent surf break in the country, making it a great place to give the sport a go in a safe, supportive setting (they can crank the wave height up for more experienced surfers too). The safari tent-style accommodation is the perfect space to escape, chillout, connect, sleep and reset between surfs. Each tent sleeps up to eight people, so it’s a favourite for big family holidays.

High fiving on a beginner surf lesson at The Wave
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Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre

If you like the idea of a break in the rolling Mendip Hills, you can’t beat Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre. Their site is family-run and designed for families, both new campers and experienced adventurers alike, with lots of thoughtful touches. You pitch up where you like, bring your firepit or rent one, enjoy free live music at the lodge, play in the giant sandpit and check out whenever you're ready. And, of course, you can have fun experiences at the activity centre. How about kayaking, frisbee golf or tobogganing?

For summer 2022, get 20% off your Basecamp booking with code VWEST and security code VWBC22. The offer is valid until the end of the summer season, on 4 September.

Family sat on grass at Basecamp, Mendip Activity Centre campsite
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Camping and glamping at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Entry to Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham is included with every booking for their campsite, during both public daytime opening hours and evenings. One for summer adventures, the campsite is open until 30 August. You can pitch up your tent or opt for glamping accommodation, like the new-for-2022 Nordic bell tents with a wood-fired hot tub. 

Child on jumping pillow at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
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Family self-catering accommodation in Bristol

SACO Bristol – Broad Quay

There are plenty of serviced apartments in Bristol for a home-from-home experience. At SACO Bristol – Broad Quay, families of up to six can stay in the three-bedroom penthouse apartment, where the highlight is a private terrace. Take your family breakfast, lunch or dinner al fresco with a view over the Harbourside.

Private balcony at SACO Bristol Broad Quay
Image - SACO Broad Quay, credit Walter Dirks

Kyle Blue

Planning a big family get-together? Book group accommodation with a Bristol twist – the Kyle Blue houseboat. This Dutch barge comfortably sleeps up to 16 people and is moored up on the harbour, close to the buzzy shops and restaurants of Wapping Wharf and award-winning attraction Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Kyle Blue houseboat bristol
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Greyfield Farm Cottages

Take a 30-minute drive south of Bristol and you can stay in one of the charming rural abodes at Greyfield Farm Cottages. Great for small families, these stone cottages overlook the Mendip Hills – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and each come with their own log burner, garden and patio. Your family can also make the most of a play area, hot tub and boules court. Have fun spotting farm animals too.

Greyfield Farm Cottages
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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.

Book a GWR Family Ticket in advance and up to two adults and four children (or a minimum of one adult + one child) can travel from London Paddington to Bristol for £39 per family one-way.

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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