Bristol and its surrounding area is home to some outstanding attractions. Here are three of the best.
National Arboretum at Westonbirt
On a bright day, the National Arboretum at Westonbirt is unmissable. Operated by the Forestry Commission, this huge 600-acre space houses over 15,000 specimens, including 3,000 different types of tree. Not only is it a place of historical and environmental significance
but its Victorian creator also collected important specimens from around the world. The best time to visit is the autumn, when you will see a wonderful display of coloured leaves.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
If the weather is poor, why not head to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for a great day of culture? You will find 19 galleries and exhibitions spread over three floors, covering topics from the beginning of time right through to today. The exhibitions include many wonders of the natural world and plenty of excellent geology, natural history and archaeology exhibits. The art collection is world class and everything is set inside a very attractive Edwardian building. Don’t forget to stop at the shop and cafe for souvenirs and refreshments. You will find the museum on Park Street and you might also want to check out Bristol Science Centre, which has plenty of interactive exhibits.
Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park
Get the children outdoors at the Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, which boasts a fantastic collection of animals including pigs, Shetland ponies, donkeys, goats and Highland cattle. There is also a riverside walk, tractor rides, outdoor play areas, trains, and a large indoor play barn with a dedicated toddler play area. There is also a year-round schedule of talks, demonstrations, animal handling and even pig racing. With 80 acres of park to explore, there will be plenty to discover.
For other attractions in and around Bristol, the area’s tourist board has a very useful website.
You will find there is plenty of easy road access and public transport, although many visitors prefer to use a Bristol taxi company such as West Country Mini Buses to get around, especially if they want to treat themselves to a drink or two as part of their day out!
What attractions will you visit when you next find yourself in or around Bristol?