Bristol, Somerset

If you have a hankering for the city whilst you're down in the West Country on your large group holidays, it doesn't get much better than a day trip to Bristol. Boy oh boy, there is so much going on here, so much to see and do! So, for a start you could take the kids to Bristol Zoo, to SS Great Britain or We The Curious Science Museum; if you like green spaces have a walk round Clifton Downs or Brandon Hill Park where you can see the Cabot Tower, and if you've a head for heights Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning the Avon Gorge is a must - the views are incredible. 

Bristol is one of those cities that are great for a wander; a map is a good idea so you can take in the sights, but sometimes it's nice to do a bit of exploring, to discover the more tucked away parts, like Christmas Steps and Clifton Arcade. Clifton Village is lovely, with lots of elegant Georgian architecture, and whilst you're up that way you should have a stroll through the Gothic cemetery at Bird Cage Walk. In complete contrast is Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road where you can see a lot of street art; the feel is eclectic and upbeat with a fantastic mix of independent shops, bars and cafes. It's where the cool cats hang out.

Those with a penchant for shopping will be in their element with the shops galore in the city centre, culture vultures will find plenty of museums and galleries to browse, and if you like to discover the history of the places you visit, well, as Bristol's history is largely based on the shipping industry, you'd be wise to get yourself down to the docks where again, the scene is lively and diverse. 

Whatever you choose to do, make a good day of it, squeeze in as much as you can because Bristol has a vibe of its own and its one that's worth discovering. 

All information correct at the time of writing

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