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Bristol attractions

Bristol makes the most of its fascinating history and here are some of the best attractions to visit. Packing in unique attractions such as the historic Harbourside and Brunel’s SS Great Britain, plus a wealth of museums, galleries and other cultural venues, Bristol also hosts exciting festivals all year round, and offers plenty of pleasant, green spaces where you can escape the crowds.

Aerospace Bristol offers a supersonic day of family fun. From the earliest aeroplanes to the supersonic Concorde, get ready to take off on a flight through history. Discover fighter planes, helicopters and space technology. Just around the corner from Aerospace Bristol you can bounce to your heart’s content at the world’s biggest trampoline park, Airhop Bristol. Another of the city’s top attractions, and one that is particularly popular with families, is the constantly-evolving We The Curious, an innovative science discovery centre with countless hands-on activities to keep everyone entertained, young and old.

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Aerospace Bristol
Aerospace Bristol

Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BZ

Starting in the earliest days of powered flight, Aerospace Bristol will whisk you away on an immersive journey through more than a century of incredible aviation achievements and fascinating tales of human endeavour. Your journey takes you from the beginnings of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910 all the way through to the modern day, where you will explore cutting-edge technology, and look ahead to an exciting future, discovering how the next generation of engineers will continue to push aerospace technology to new heights and reach for the stars. Visit website

Bristol Aquarium
Bristol Aquarium

Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5TT

At Bristol Aquarium you can discover the wonders of the deep in the heart of the city and explore more than 40 naturally-themed displays. Home to thousands of amazing aquatic creatures including tropical sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas and so much more. The aquarium is also the only aquarium in the UK to feature a giant botanical house, known as the Urban Jungle, showcasing hundreds of exotic plant and tree species from around the world. Visit website

Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol BS1 6TY

Step back in time when you board Brunel’s SS Great Britain and discover the ship that changed the world. Experience the sights, sounds and even smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew. Descend underwater, below the glass ‘sea’, to touch the world’s first great ocean liner. This iconic steam ship, and national treasure, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and lies at the heart of a multi award-winning visitor attraction. Visit website

We the Curious
We The Curious

1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. It’s all about asking questions, getting creative and testing things out. Science is collaborative, living and a vital part of culture. The venue on Bristol’s harbourside is a bit like an indoor festival, with all sorts of different experiences, where you can interact with exhibits and take part in experiments. Visit website

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1PG

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a family-owned zoo set on a working farm in 100 acres of beautiful, peaceful North Somerset countryside located just six miles to the south of Bristol. You’ll be amazed at the variety of nature you’ll see with over 100 species of animals, the zoo is home of the big zoo animals including African elephants, white rhino, giraffes, lions, tigers and spectacled bears. Visit website

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Image credits: ©Adam Gasson/Aerospace Bristol; Adam Gasson/ss Great Britain; Bristol Aquarium; Katie Grant/Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm; Lee Pullen/We The Curious

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