I thought I’d update my ‘where you need to visit in Bristol’ with kids post as it’s been a while! It’s a question I get asked lots and with things opening up again I thought now is the time. If you would like to read my old post here it has some other recommendations for the wider area. For this post though I’m mainly recommending pitching yourself in one area for the day.
So usually my go-to suggestion for a visit Bristol is to pitch yourself around the harbour. This way you can start off by seeing whats to offer at the Bristol Museum at the top of Park Street. From there you can grab yourself a Pinkmans donut and coffee and head to Brandon Hill park.
The Squirrels at Brandon Hill are crazy tame because so many people spend their lunch breaks at this spot during the week. They have become very accustomed to being fed! At the bottom of the park is a lovely playground for both toddler age kids and older ones too. You can easily spend a whole day between these two places but I recommend a walk down to the harbour after this.
It’s such a calm oasis in the heart of the city with views for miles. I’d definitely recommend a visit even if you aren’t planning a museum trip. Park Street itself is full of lots of boutiques and cafes although be warned to be out of breath on the walk as its pretty steep.
After Brandon Hill I would recommend you stroll down the hill towards the harbourside. Pop Spoke and Stringer into your google maps and grab yourself a cider for the walk round the water.
Once you have walked round the harbour and reached Wapping Wharf reward yourself with an icecream from Olivers. Wapping Wharf is a day out in itself to be honest. If you are looking for things to do with the kids you have a couple of option. The free museum the M Shed or the SS Great Britain. You do have to pay for entry to the latter but tickets can be used all year if you fancy a return trip!
There are tons of places to eat and drink at Wapping Wharf too. My fave are Little Vics for Coffee, Mokoko for Pastries and cakes, Salt and Malt for chips or Pizzarova for…pizza! There are loads of food containers and shops in the area including vintage and record shops too. It’s really lovely on a summers day to have a mooch and then sit back and watch the boats go by!
Hope this post is helpful to anyone planning a day or weekend trip to Bristol. If you have a bit longer or are looking for places to Airbnb then I think Southville or Bedminster would be a great one. It’s close enough to walk into the centre with 15 mins but you have all this on your doorstep. North Street is also a great one for cafes and boutiques but I’ll save that for another post!