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Top for Tots: 10 things to do in Bristol with toddlers

Fritha Quinn

22 February 2018

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Home of Wallace and Gromit, hot air balloon fiestas and the place where Ribena was supposedly invented, Bristol is one of the UK's most-loved cities. Named the best place to live in the UK in 2017, it's award-winning mix of culture, community spirit and redevelopment means there's plenty to discover, even for the smallest of explorers. Having lived here all her life, and now happily raising two kids in the city, Fritha shares her guide to 10 of the best things to do in Bristol with toddlers:

Two kids sitting on a bench in a Bristol park

  1. Bristol Aquarium

    On one of Bristol's many rainy days, Bristol Aquarium is a great destination for all the family. Children will enjoy spotting the fish they know such as Nemo (clown fish) as well as learning about new ones and conservation. Keep a look out for the giant octopus, or get a taste of what's in store by watching our video review of Bristol Aquarium.

  2. We the Curious

    We The Curious is a fantastic day out filled with numerous science exhibits that will have those curious kids asking all sorts of questions. Fortunately, the Science Team are there to help. It also has the UK’s only 3D planetarium, which toddlers will love!

    A father and son getting hands on at We The Curious in Bristol

  3. SS Great Britain

    Our kids love exploring below deck on the various levels and seeing the displays of how the passengers lived on the ship. And if it is a sunny day there is nowhere better to enjoy it than up on the deck, which also has some great views across to Clifton. The tickets also allow unlimited visits for a year, so it can work out as great value if you live locally!

  4. Ferry Ride

    Little ones will really enjoy a tour of the harbour on one of the ferry boats, thanks to Bristol Ferry Boat Co. What better way to see the sights? You may even see an otter!

    A toddler looking out over Bristol

  5. The Matthew

    Keeping with the nautical theme (well it is Bristol after all), children of all ages will love channelling their inner sailor/pirate with a trip on the historic ship, The Matthew.

  6. Bristol Museum

    The dinosaurs & taxidermy animal exhibits at Bristol Museum never fail to amaze our two, whilst there is a small soft play/learning area on the ground floor for the littlest ones. There is also a brilliant cafe and regularly changing exhibits.

    The interior of Bristol Museum

  7. M Shed

    Bristol’s newer museum focuses on the history of Bristol. Kids will enjoy the interactive displays at M Shed, especially the vintage bus. Another place with a great cafe, but also right next to the many cafes at Wapping Wharf.

  8. Brandon Hill Park

    If you are around the Park Street or Clifton areas then it’s well worth a visit to Brandon Hill Park. There is a playground at the bottom of the hill and Cabot Tower at the top. For those with a head for heights, there are great views across Bristol from the top of the tower and fun to be had counting the many winding steps.  Our kids love running around the pathways in the gardens around the tower and it’s a great spot for a picnic or an ice-cream (a van can normally found there).

  9. Windmill Hill City Farm

    With it’s recently renovated cafe and newly added Stick Man trail, there is lot’s to do at Windmill Hill City Farm. Kids will love seeing the goats, pigs, ducks and many other animals. There is also a playground that's separated into a preschoolers sandpit and slides, alongside a section for older kids. See more in our video review of Windmill Hill City Farm now!

    A toddler exploring Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol

  10. Clifton Suspension Bridge

    Finally, a trip to walk across Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge and take in the views is surely an essential part of Bristol. There is a playground and plenty of green spaces nearby to burn off some energy before visiting one of the many cafes in Clifton Village.

    The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol


Where are your favourite places in Bristol to take toddlers? Let us know in a comment below, or find inspiration by clicking the links below:

Children's Farms in Bristol | Swimming Pools in Bristol | Parks in Bristol | Soft Play in Bristol | Museums in Bristol | Castles in Bristol | Steam Trains in Bristol



Fritha Quinn

22 February 2018

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Fritha is a Bristol based mum of two children under five. She runs the multi-award winning lifestyle blog Tigerlilly Quinn and loves spending time on days out with her family!

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