Bristol is one of the UK’s most exciting cities, home to some fascinating museums, world class art and an exciting live music scene. But what is there to do for families, in this edgy, dynamic and fiercely independent city?

BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you, and researched the Top 5 Best Child-Friendly Indoor activities to do in Bristol.

1. We The Curious

This exciting interactive science museum is one of Bristol’s top family attractions, offering load of hands on exhibits, a fascinating Planetarium and loads of live shows and workshops to discover.  Visitor participation is very much encouraged, so you don’t need to worry about the kids touching something they should’t be.

Current events include “How my Body Works”, complete with a model heart pumping blood, and “Earth to Mars” which lets you program ‘rovers’ on missions to the red planet.

Address: One Millennium Square, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5DB

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.10am – 6pm, Weekends, Bank Holidays and school holidays

Website: www.wethecurious.org

 

2. Blaise Castle Estate

Blaise Castle Estate is a 650 acre Grade II listed site which encompasses a children’s play area, an 18th century mansion and a castle. Immerse yourselves in the history of the buildings, admiring the magnificent Picture Room, Victorian era dolls, toys and period costumes, and of course, climb to the top of the castle to admire panoramic views.

On sunny days, the adventure playground, acres of woodland and horse riding trails provide plenty of opportunity for little legs to run wild.

Address: Kings Weston Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS

Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more info.

Website: www.bristol.gov.uk/museums-parks-sports-culture/blaise-castle-estate

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3. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

This beautiful building is home to an extensive collection of archaeology, geology and art object, and has loads to entertain families throughout the year. The “please touch” labels encourage young, inquisitive minds to engage with the exhibits, and the under five’s activity area has puppet shows, interactive games and more. There’s even a whole floor dedicated to Dinosaurs!

BabyBreaks Tip: Don’t miss the Angel Bust sculpture by local Bristolian, Banksy.

Address: Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Website: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery

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4. Mshed

This dockside, industrial warehouse documents the history of Bristol from prehistoric times to the 21st century, through its unique and thought provoking exhibitions. Challenging the traditional concept of a museum, its constantly evolving collections include films, quirky objects, and interactive displays. Kids will love the fact they can ride on trains, boats and even the working cranes outside.

Address: Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Opening Hours: Open 10am – 5pm Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays.

Website: www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed

 

5. SS Great Britain

Journey through the life and times of the SS Great Britain – a revolutionary luxury liner built in 1845.  This dockyard ship museum is a great day out for the family , where you can walk beneath the glass roofed sea, climb the rigging and try out a bed in a cramped , third class cabin. Experience what life at sea was like for passengers voyaging to Australia, what they ate, saw, smelt and heard – a truly immersive experience.

Address: Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY

Opening Hours: Open daily 10 am – 4;30 pm / 6pm (winter / summer)

Website: www.ssgreatbritain.org

 

Visiting Bristol with children is a synonym of a great Family City Break. The city features great kids-friendly restaurants, exciting outdoor activities, indoor attractions for young children and last but not least a great selection of accommodations that will satisfy parents with a large family or with their toddlers.

At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Bristol without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Bristol for your next family weekend, just visit our different Bristol pages to find what this destination has to offer.

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