Few cities have so many varied options for day tripping as Bristol. Just an hour or two out of town, you can find yourselves walking in the beautiful English countryside, on an adventure into a cave or taking a walk around one of the most iconic symbols of Britain. Throw in pretty seaside towns, the UK’s original safari park, and you have plenty of reasons to get out of town!
You can arrive in central Bath in under 15 mins by train. The only UK city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is famous for its Roman and Georgian architecture. Bath offers lots do from learning about the Romans at The Roman Baths museum or choosing to relax in a natural thermae spa of your own at Thermae Bath Spa. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, the city is host to lots of independent, boutique shops and cafés to wander around and stop for lunch.
The Costwolds cover a huge area of almost 800 square miles of quaint villages and beautiful British countryside. Bourton-on-the-water is one of the most popular villages to visit, set on the River Windrush, the village is home to many traditional stone houses, quaint tearooms and antique shops. If you’re looking for more action, the Cotswolds Water Park offers activities and water sports for everyone. Try your hand at horse riding or paintballing, take to the water with canoeing or paddle boarding or simply stroll around some of the 150 lakes and spot local wildlife on one of the many footpaths. If you’re driving, you can be there in just over an hour, or you can take the train and be there in 2.
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cheddar gorge features some spectacular views, and adventures in the Gough caves. Take the 3 mile hike along the cliff tops, climb the 274 steps of Jacobs Ladder for views from the lookout tower or adventure into the hidden caves below. If you’re feeling adventurous you could also try your hand at caving or rock climbing.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Stonehenge is one of the most iconic symbols of Britain and accessible by car in an hour and a half from Bristol. Walk around the prehistoric Stone Circle which is the centrepiece of Stonehenge and visit the Neolithic houses at the visitor centre. To continue your adventure in the area, take in the countryside at the surrounding Salisbury Plain or head to the Salisbury museum to find out more about the story of Stonehenge.
If you’re limited to public transport you can take the train to Salisbury then take the bus directly to Stonehenge.
If you’re an animal lover, Longleat is a great option for the whole family. Begin your safari in the safety of your own car, head through the safari park visiting the many animals including lions, rhinos and monkeys. When you’ve done you can get up close with critters at the animal adventure and visit Australia at the Koala Creek. The safari park is also set in the grounds of Longleat House and gardens so you can finish up your visit wandering around the corridors and gardens of the Elizabethan house.
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