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Guidebook for Bath & Bristol

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Guidebook for Bath & Bristol

Events
This is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 from across the globe. A spectacular free event featuring hot air balloons taking off at dawn and dusk. Taking place at Ashton Court, the event is free, but parking is charged for and can be pre-booked.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
This is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 from across the globe. A spectacular free event featuring hot air balloons taking off at dawn and dusk. Taking place at Ashton Court, the event is free, but parking is charged for and can be pre-booked.
Bristol is renowned for its vibrant music scene attracting bands and performers from far and wide. The Academy hosts a wide range of live shows from the latest acts and classical performers, to nights from the biggest club brands.
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O2 Academy
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Bristol is renowned for its vibrant music scene attracting bands and performers from far and wide. The Academy hosts a wide range of live shows from the latest acts and classical performers, to nights from the biggest club brands.
Parks & Wildlife
An adventure park for children of all ages, with many activities to choose from and just 2.5 miles from Avon Farm Estate. Children can enjoy the unique indoor and outdoor activities that the park has to offer. An example of this is the new Mini Jeep Safari. Adults can also inspect the wildlife that the park is home to, giving a chance to learn about different species.
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Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
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An adventure park for children of all ages, with many activities to choose from and just 2.5 miles from Avon Farm Estate. Children can enjoy the unique indoor and outdoor activities that the park has to offer. An example of this is the new Mini Jeep Safari. Adults can also inspect the wildlife that the park is home to, giving a chance to learn about different species.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and is a fantastic place to visit for adults and children. The zoo is part of Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.
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Bristol Zoo
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Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and is a fantastic place to visit for adults and children. The zoo is part of Bristol Zoological Society, a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.
If you’re visiting Bath for the day but feel the need to get out in the open, head to this 18th-century landscape garden in the city, created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. It is a place to take a walk and experience the beautiful nature and landscapes that Bath offers.
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Prior Park Landscape Garden
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If you’re visiting Bath for the day but feel the need to get out in the open, head to this 18th-century landscape garden in the city, created by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from 'Capability' Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. It is a place to take a walk and experience the beautiful nature and landscapes that Bath offers.
The sumptuous National Trust-owned, 17th-century Dyrham Park house is set in a beautiful, ancient deer park. The gardens have many stunning plants and wildlife, while the housing interior includes 17th century paintings and furniture. There is a children’s play area at Old Lodge, providing space for little ones to let off some steam.
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Dyrham Park
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The sumptuous National Trust-owned, 17th-century Dyrham Park house is set in a beautiful, ancient deer park. The gardens have many stunning plants and wildlife, while the housing interior includes 17th century paintings and furniture. There is a children’s play area at Old Lodge, providing space for little ones to let off some steam.
A fabulous showcase of tropical, marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally themed habitats. Great for all ages and situated in the Bristol Harbourside area where there are lots of other sights and activities to visit, including the Bristol M- Shed, We the Curious (see above), the Harbourside Festival (July) and Brunel’s SS Great Britain and lots of waterside restaurants.
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Bristol Aquarium
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A fabulous showcase of tropical, marine and freshwater creatures from around the world in naturally themed habitats. Great for all ages and situated in the Bristol Harbourside area where there are lots of other sights and activities to visit, including the Bristol M- Shed, We the Curious (see above), the Harbourside Festival (July) and Brunel’s SS Great Britain and lots of waterside restaurants.
Activities
The largest trampoline park in the world with over 177 trampolines. It is perfect for children of all ages. It offers a wide variety of activities such as a Wipeout Zone, Dodgeball courts, Battle Beams and foam pits.
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AirHop Trampoline Park Bristol
5 Britannia Rd
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The largest trampoline park in the world with over 177 trampolines. It is perfect for children of all ages. It offers a wide variety of activities such as a Wipeout Zone, Dodgeball courts, Battle Beams and foam pits.
We The Curious has over 300 science-related exhibits, each taking visitors on journey to explore the inner workings of the world around us. The events and activities aim to stoke curiosity in everyone. The organisers sum it up as a place where “Boundaries are removed between science, art, people and ideas... DO touch the exhibits, do use your phone, DO laugh out loud, bring your kids, friends, grandparents or come and escape on your own.”
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We The Curious
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We The Curious has over 300 science-related exhibits, each taking visitors on journey to explore the inner workings of the world around us. The events and activities aim to stoke curiosity in everyone. The organisers sum it up as a place where “Boundaries are removed between science, art, people and ideas... DO touch the exhibits, do use your phone, DO laugh out loud, bring your kids, friends, grandparents or come and escape on your own.”
Visit the studios of the James Adlington and Peter St Clair who make fabulous blue glass and also run blue bauble making classes for adults and children. Go and watch the glass being blown or take part and make something blue yourself.
Bristol Blue Glass
Visit the studios of the James Adlington and Peter St Clair who make fabulous blue glass and also run blue bauble making classes for adults and children. Go and watch the glass being blown or take part and make something blue yourself.
Enjoy a boat tour along the River Avon, with many pubs and sights to see along it. This is a unique and interesting way to get a different perspective of Bath.
River Adventures Limited
Enjoy a boat tour along the River Avon, with many pubs and sights to see along it. This is a unique and interesting way to get a different perspective of Bath.
Formerly a mill, this historic 1766 building is now an observatory. It offers superb views of the City of Bristol and features a Camera Obscura.
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Clifton Observatory
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Formerly a mill, this historic 1766 building is now an observatory. It offers superb views of the City of Bristol and features a Camera Obscura.
This 87-mile long waterway links London with the Bristol Channel. Explore this incredibly diverse waterway on foot or by bicycle – at a leisurely pace though, this is not the place to set your PB!
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Kennet and Avon Canal
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This 87-mile long waterway links London with the Bristol Channel. Explore this incredibly diverse waterway on foot or by bicycle – at a leisurely pace though, this is not the place to set your PB!
For a really interesting insight into Bristol’s heritage, it’s well worth exploring the city’s Floating Harbour – nearly eight miles of waterways packed into three miles across the city. There are seven heritage trails to follow, which delve into Bristol shipping, explorer, and aviation history. Fantastic for all ages!
Floating Harbour
For a really interesting insight into Bristol’s heritage, it’s well worth exploring the city’s Floating Harbour – nearly eight miles of waterways packed into three miles across the city. There are seven heritage trails to follow, which delve into Bristol shipping, explorer, and aviation history. Fantastic for all ages!
A new industrial heritage museum that explores the story of Bristol’s world-class aerospace industry and…step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly! Lots to do with children of all ages.
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Aerospace Bristol
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A new industrial heritage museum that explores the story of Bristol’s world-class aerospace industry and…step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly! Lots to do with children of all ages.
The railway has been preserved by a hands-on group of volunteers. Steam locomotives and their carriages have been restored and three miles of track re-laid. Come and experience an historic railway, like no other, hold a birthday party, learn to drive a steam locomotive or step on board the Santa Special.
Avon Valley Railway
The railway has been preserved by a hands-on group of volunteers. Steam locomotives and their carriages have been restored and three miles of track re-laid. Come and experience an historic railway, like no other, hold a birthday party, learn to drive a steam locomotive or step on board the Santa Special.
Relaxation
This wonderful spa, fed by naturally warm, mineral-rich water, is set in one of the most aesthetically pleasing settings in the UK. Plenty of spa treatments and experiences to choose from plus a restaurant and visitor centre to enjoy. The spa is next to the Roman Spa museum, one of the best interactive museums in the country!
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Thermae Bath Spa
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This wonderful spa, fed by naturally warm, mineral-rich water, is set in one of the most aesthetically pleasing settings in the UK. Plenty of spa treatments and experiences to choose from plus a restaurant and visitor centre to enjoy. The spa is next to the Roman Spa museum, one of the best interactive museums in the country!
For a unique spa experience head to Bristol Lido in the heart of Clifton, which features a restored Victorian swimming pool, café and restaurant and wonderful spa that uses their unique Lido Spa products.
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Lido Spa & Restaurant
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For a unique spa experience head to Bristol Lido in the heart of Clifton, which features a restored Victorian swimming pool, café and restaurant and wonderful spa that uses their unique Lido Spa products.
Art & Culture
Home to the only collection of Americana outside of the United States. The museum is host to an interactive American heritage exhibition and period rooms from the colonial times and the Civil War. It shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions.
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American Museum & Gardens
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Home to the only collection of Americana outside of the United States. The museum is host to an interactive American heritage exhibition and period rooms from the colonial times and the Civil War. It shows the diverse and complex nature of American traditions.
One of the greatest, and most well-preserved religious spas and sites of historic interest in Northern Europe. The unique thermal springs rise at the Baths, which now sit well-below the modern-day street level. Visitors can experience the baths as they were in Roman times through an audio-visual tour, costumed characters and a great activity trail for children.
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Roman Baths
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One of the greatest, and most well-preserved religious spas and sites of historic interest in Northern Europe. The unique thermal springs rise at the Baths, which now sit well-below the modern-day street level. Visitors can experience the baths as they were in Roman times through an audio-visual tour, costumed characters and a great activity trail for children.
The museum features exhibitions extraordinary paintings and works of art collected by Sir William Holburne (1793-1874), fifth baronet of Menstrie.
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The Holburne Museum
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The museum features exhibitions extraordinary paintings and works of art collected by Sir William Holburne (1793-1874), fifth baronet of Menstrie.
Now a museum, No.1 Royal Crescent is furnished like it was in 1776-96. The museum is a perfect example of Georgian architecture and Bath stone, it also shows the different cultures within Bath in different time periods.
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The Royal Cresent
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Now a museum, No.1 Royal Crescent is furnished like it was in 1776-96. The museum is a perfect example of Georgian architecture and Bath stone, it also shows the different cultures within Bath in different time periods.
One of the UK’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, staging West End and Broadway productions from The Lion King to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The theatre performs musicals, ballet, concerts, comedians and children’s shows.
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Bristol Hippodrome
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One of the UK’s top, family-friendly provincial theatres, staging West End and Broadway productions from The Lion King to Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The theatre performs musicals, ballet, concerts, comedians and children’s shows.
The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The theatre offers a wide range of performances from different genres.
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Bristol Old Vic
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The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The theatre offers a wide range of performances from different genres.
An exquisite collection of art, nature and history, including the history of how people lived in the past compared to the present day. The museum explores cultures of different nations, in order to educate about how different lives for others were, for example the museum explores Japanese culture and history. A museum that’s the perfect size for young visitors – not too little but not too much either!
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Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
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An exquisite collection of art, nature and history, including the history of how people lived in the past compared to the present day. The museum explores cultures of different nations, in order to educate about how different lives for others were, for example the museum explores Japanese culture and history. A museum that’s the perfect size for young visitors – not too little but not too much either!
A permanent exhibition situated in a traditional and original Georgian townhouse. The Centre tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, while also explaining the effect that living in Bath had on her writing and on herself. There are also walking tours of Georgian and Regency Bath.
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The Jane Austen Centre
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A permanent exhibition situated in a traditional and original Georgian townhouse. The Centre tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, while also explaining the effect that living in Bath had on her writing and on herself. There are also walking tours of Georgian and Regency Bath.