6 Great Day Trips to Take from Bristol

Bath | © Michael Gwyther-Jones / Flickr
Bath | © Michael Gwyther-Jones / Flickr
Photo of Colette Earley
30 May 2017

There’s no denying that there are an abundance of things to do and see in the city of Bristol, but there’s definitely no harm in exploring the neighbouring areas, especially when there’s so much on offer. If you want to get out of town for the day and do a bit of exploring, choose from one of these amazing places that are only a short journey away.


Located a mere 15 minutes away from Bristol, you’ll regret if you didn’t pay a visit to this incredible city. Steeped in history, Bath is arguably one of the most picturesque places in the UK, with most of its beautiful architecture still in tact. With the Roman Baths, a plethora of places to eat and drink and pretty parks, this is a must-visit.

Bath | © M Thierry / Flickr

The Cotswolds

Let’s be honest, is there anything more romantic than getting away for the weekend to the Cotswolds? If miles of rolling countryside are what you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place. Explore quaint villages like Shepton Mallet, Cirencester and Painswick, or choose to go on a hike and take in the breathtaking views.


About an hour drive from Bristol, Cheddar is a small countryside village in Somerset famous for its limestone gorge, not to mention the cheese of the same name. Take a walk through the caves or if you’ve got the skills, you can try your hand at rock climbing. Follow up with a spot of afternoon tea at one of the many cafes in the village.

Weston Super Mare

Jump on a train from Bristol for half an hour and you’re in Weston. If you fancy a trip to the seaside, you’ve come to the right place. The town, which also played host a few years ago to Banksy’s Dismaland, offers a quintessentially British day at the seaside, with donkey rides, ice cream and an amusement arcade.

Bath | © Ed Webster / Flickr


Head just over the bridge to Wales, a mere hour’s car journey from Bristol to the Welsh capital. Yes, you can actually head to a different country in no time at all. With plenty of shopping and attractions that you can visit including Cardiff Castle, this is the perfect day trip to take from the South West. Be sure to buy yourself some traditional Welsh cakes while you’re there for the journey home.


If strolling around a pretty Marina isn’t temptation enough, then what about an open-air swimming pool? Portishead, a lovely coastal town that neighbours Bristol and is well-linked in terms of public transport, is pretty famous for the restored pool, which offers views of the Severn whilst soaking up the sun. If you don’t fancy a swim, then there are plenty of other attractions such as the boating lake, unique shops and scenic walks.

Portishead | © Graeme Churchard / Flickr

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