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Tourist Attractions in Bristol

There are many Tourist Attractions in Bristol. Here's our guide to help you enjoy some of the most iconic and exciting tourist attractions that the South West has to offer. From architectural delights such The Clifton Suspension Bridge, to irresistible points of interest like Bristol Museum and Zoo Gardens, Bristol is a cultural and visual mecca, brimming with museums, attractions and amusements.

Here's our guide to help you make the most of the incredible Bristol sights on offer.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Admission: Free

About: Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of the world's greatest bridges and has been attracting visitors from all over the globe for the last 150 years. An architectural marvel, the bridge spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset.

Facilities: A Visitor Information Centre is situated at the Leigh Woods end of the bridge. 

A: Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, BS8 3PA

T: 0117 973 8008

SS Great Britain

Admission: Adult - £12.95 | Child - £6.75

About: Since being rescued from rust and ruin back in 1970,  Brunel’s iconic ocean liner has been lovingly restored to its former Victorian splendour and is now a multi-award winning visitor attraction.

Facilities: Alongside the ship is the Brunel Institute and David MacGregor Library. Also on site is the Dockyard Café Bar and Gift Shop.

A: Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY 

T: 0117 926 0680

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Admission: Adult - £15.99 | Child - £10.00

About: Immerse yourself in the amazing world of animals at Bristol Zoo, With over 400 species and nine undcover animal houses, this awardf winning attraction is one of the best days out in Bristol whatever the weather. 

Facilities: Alongside animal attractions, Bristol Zoo is home to array of great play areas and beautiful gardens; containing some of Bristol’s most important collections of plants.

A: Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

T: 0117 974 7300

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Admission: Free

About: Located inside a beautiful Edwardian building at the top of Park Street; Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is home to a variety of world-class collections of art, archaeology, geology and natural history. 

Facilities: Family-friendly activity areas, including a new under 7s play area. 

A: Queens Road, West End, Bristol, BS8 1RL

T: 0117 922 3571

@Bristol

Admission: Adult - £12.90 | Child - £8.25

About: With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, @Bristol is one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres.

Facilities: Be awed by icy bodies and cosmic rays, play music through your headbones, activate the Vein Ray and see your own veins, create your own TV show or cover yourself from head to toe in your own giant bubble!

A: Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB

T: 0117 909 2000

Bristol Aquarium

Admission: Adult - £13.50 | Child - £11.50

About: Located in the famous Bristol harbour, Bristol Aquarium is a must see attraction for marine enthusiasts. Visitors can admire tropical sharks, beautiful seahorses, and sit down and be amazed by an undersea tunnel. 

Facilities: With over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, a cafe and gift shop, Bristol Aquarium has plenty to offer all visitors.

A: Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5TT

T: 0117 929 8929

M Shed

Admission: Free

About: Located on the historic dockside, M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the amazing history of Bristol, through the objects and stories of the people who have made the city what it is today. Three galleries reveal the fascinating story of the city and its unique place in the world.

Facilities: Visitors can enjoy delicious food and drink served with a harbour view in the M Shed cafe before heading over to the gift shop to stock up on quirky and creative gifts that capture the essence of Bristol.

A: Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN

T: 0117 352 6600

Ashton Court

Admission: Free

About: Once the majestic home of the Smyth family, The Ashton Court Estate is now a historic park near the centre of Bristol. The estate covers 850 acres of woods and grasslands. 

Facilities: The estate's visitor centre can be found in the mansion stable block. It provides information on the history of the Ashton Court Estate, a multimedia visitor guide, trail maps and details of activities and events.

A: Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

T: 0117 963 3438

Arnolfini

Admission: Free

About: The Arnolfini gallery is one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts. Situated in the heart of Bristol’s Harbourside this converted warehouse is home to diverse mix of exhibitions, performances, talks and events.

Facilities: The Arnolfini gallery also contains one of country’s best arts bookshops and a vibrant café bar, with quayside seating. 

A: 6 Narrow Quay, Bristol, Avon, BS1 4QA

T: 0117 917 2300

Cabot Tower

Admission: Free

About: Set in Brandon Hill - one of the oldest parks in Bristol - Cabot Tower is a 105ft tower built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot's famous voyage from Bristol to North America 400 years previous. 

Facilities: Brandon Hill Park features a children's play area, walking paths and a nature conservation area

A: Brandon Hill Park Just off Park Street, West End, Bristol

T: 0117 922 3719

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