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Sightseeing
With space to walk all the way around the marina, watch the leisure craft locking in and out, bars, restaurants, and access to the coastal path and nature reserve, this is a great place to while away a few hours taking in the scenery.
Portishead Quay Marina
With space to walk all the way around the marina, watch the leisure craft locking in and out, bars, restaurants, and access to the coastal path and nature reserve, this is a great place to while away a few hours taking in the scenery.
Who could visit Bristol and not see the iconic Clifton suspension bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and spanning the Avon Gorge. Drive, cycle, motorcyle or walk across on either side. (Motor vehicles pay a £1 toll each way.)
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Clifton Suspension Bridge
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Who could visit Bristol and not see the iconic Clifton suspension bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and spanning the Avon Gorge. Drive, cycle, motorcyle or walk across on either side. (Motor vehicles pay a £1 toll each way.)
View the Clifton Suspension Bridge upside down through the camera obscura, and climb down through the cliff (steep steps: claustrophobia alert) to pop out on a balcony carved into the side of the Avon Gorge (head for heights also needed!)
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Clifton Observatory
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View the Clifton Suspension Bridge upside down through the camera obscura, and climb down through the cliff (steep steps: claustrophobia alert) to pop out on a balcony carved into the side of the Avon Gorge (head for heights also needed!)
Brunel's magnificent screw-propeller iron steamship is now a wonderful museum. Launched in 1843 to great acclaim, her rusting hulk was rescued from the Falkland Islands, towed back to Bristol, and now conserved for posterity. Makes a fascinating day trip out.
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Brunel's SS Great Britain
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Brunel's magnificent screw-propeller iron steamship is now a wonderful museum. Launched in 1843 to great acclaim, her rusting hulk was rescued from the Falkland Islands, towed back to Bristol, and now conserved for posterity. Makes a fascinating day trip out.
Bristol - home to Banksy? Bristolians certainly claim him as their own and the city proudly boasts a number of his artworks / graffiti (you decide which). But it's not only Banksy who has contributed to the city's colourful street scenes. You can find walking tours to discover many of them for yourself.
Banksy's - Well Hung Lover
1 Unity Street
Bristol - home to Banksy? Bristolians certainly claim him as their own and the city proudly boasts a number of his artworks / graffiti (you decide which). But it's not only Banksy who has contributed to the city's colourful street scenes. You can find walking tours to discover many of them for yourself.
A little bit of a trip from Portishead, but if you're in the Mendips, a must to visit. Lots of (cheddar) cheese shops and caves, and a popular venue for both road cyclists and motorbikers as well as climbers and coach tours.
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Cheddar Gorge
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A little bit of a trip from Portishead, but if you're in the Mendips, a must to visit. Lots of (cheddar) cheese shops and caves, and a popular venue for both road cyclists and motorbikers as well as climbers and coach tours.
Weston-super-Mare is a traditional seaside town, with a grand pier into the sea along which you can walk or ride on the train (for a small charge). Sandy beach, donkey rides, the sand sculpture festival, ice creams, fish and chips outlets, arcades, lido, night life, seaquarium, crazy golf, out-of-town shopping, holiday parks... it's all here!
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Grand Pier
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Weston-super-Mare is a traditional seaside town, with a grand pier into the sea along which you can walk or ride on the train (for a small charge). Sandy beach, donkey rides, the sand sculpture festival, ice creams, fish and chips outlets, arcades, lido, night life, seaquarium, crazy golf, out-of-town shopping, holiday parks... it's all here!
Lovely seafront promenade with an old-fashioned bandstand, sometimes playing host to musicians. Great place for a gentle stroll.
Bandstand
Lovely seafront promenade with an old-fashioned bandstand, sometimes playing host to musicians. Great place for a gentle stroll.
Sightseeing
You'll get some cracking photos of this beautiful pier against the gorgeous sunsets of this coastline. You can walk along the pier (for an entry fee) and along the seafront, or on the pebbley beach, eat at one of the lovely seafront restaurants or watch the yachts of the sailing club on the water.
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Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust
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You'll get some cracking photos of this beautiful pier against the gorgeous sunsets of this coastline. You can walk along the pier (for an entry fee) and along the seafront, or on the pebbley beach, eat at one of the lovely seafront restaurants or watch the yachts of the sailing club on the water.
A surprising find, amongst a very ordinary housing estate. Close to Blaise Castle House and Estate which is open to the public.
Blaise Hamlet
Hallen Road
A surprising find, amongst a very ordinary housing estate. Close to Blaise Castle House and Estate which is open to the public.
See Bristol from the floating harbour and/or the river Avon, either the Bristol Packet, or the Bristol Ferry Company boats. Some trips include commentary.
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Bristol Packet Boat Trips
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See Bristol from the floating harbour and/or the river Avon, either the Bristol Packet, or the Bristol Ferry Company boats. Some trips include commentary.
Activities
Whether you want to cool off in the summer or brave the biting sea breezes in the winter, Portishead Lido caters for both tastes (it's heated to 28°C) and the cafe offers food and drink to make it a real occasion.
Portishead Open Air Pool
Whether you want to cool off in the summer or brave the biting sea breezes in the winter, Portishead Lido caters for both tastes (it's heated to 28°C) and the cafe offers food and drink to make it a real occasion.
With boating on the lake, dogs jumping in after balls, nesting birds on the lake's island and model boat enthusiasts, there's always something to see on the lake. You can walk all around it, past the lido and Battery Point viewpoint, outdoor tennis courts (available to hire), cricket ground, rose garden, children's play area and cafe, enjoying the open space to picnic, walk the dog, or enjoy a ball game. Walk along the promenade (which forms part of the Portishead to Clevedon coastal path) with plenty of parking from where you can watch the ships coming in and out of the nearby docks, skimming the land closely and dwarfing Battery Point (the closest approach of shipping to land in the UK). A cafe on site serves ice cream, drinks and snacks and there are toilet facilities (bring spare change!)
Lake Grounds
With boating on the lake, dogs jumping in after balls, nesting birds on the lake's island and model boat enthusiasts, there's always something to see on the lake. You can walk all around it, past the lido and Battery Point viewpoint, outdoor tennis courts (available to hire), cricket ground, rose garden, children's play area and cafe, enjoying the open space to picnic, walk the dog, or enjoy a ball game. Walk along the promenade (which forms part of the Portishead to Clevedon coastal path) with plenty of parking from where you can watch the ships coming in and out of the nearby docks, skimming the land closely and dwarfing Battery Point (the closest approach of shipping to land in the UK). A cafe on site serves ice cream, drinks and snacks and there are toilet facilities (bring spare change!)
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Clevedon Marine Lake
170 Old Church Rd
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This is well worth the ticket price, and crams a full day into its relatively small size. You won't find big animals here (see instead its sister site: Wild Place Project) but it is chokka full with animals and activities that adults and children alike can enjoy.
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Bristol Zoo Gardens
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This is well worth the ticket price, and crams a full day into its relatively small size. You won't find big animals here (see instead its sister site: Wild Place Project) but it is chokka full with animals and activities that adults and children alike can enjoy.
Bristol Zoo's outdoor enclosures host its larger animals and those needing bigger spaces, like its giraffe, wolves and lemurs. Cheaper in the winter months, although the animals don't seem to think much of the British winter so you will see many more of them.out and about in the summer months.
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Wild Place Project
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Bristol Zoo's outdoor enclosures host its larger animals and those needing bigger spaces, like its giraffe, wolves and lemurs. Cheaper in the winter months, although the animals don't seem to think much of the British winter so you will see many more of them.out and about in the summer months.
Adults and kids will love getting up close to the animals - a fun day out for all
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Noah's Ark Zoo Farm
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Adults and kids will love getting up close to the animals - a fun day out for all
Great big expanse of hilly open space, to walk (great for dogs, too!), cycle/mountain bike (red and blue routes), play a round of golf, hop on the steam train, watch the Bristol Balloon Fiesta (each August), picnic, see the deer park, fly a kite, sled (when it snows), run or just ENJOY some fabulous views from up high, over Bristol.
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Ashton Court Estate
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Great big expanse of hilly open space, to walk (great for dogs, too!), cycle/mountain bike (red and blue routes), play a round of golf, hop on the steam train, watch the Bristol Balloon Fiesta (each August), picnic, see the deer park, fly a kite, sled (when it snows), run or just ENJOY some fabulous views from up high, over Bristol.
This replica of John Cabot's ship, the Matthew, in which he sailed and 'discovered' Newfoundland, resides in Bristol's floating harbour and offers day trips and excursions up the river Avon.
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The Matthew of Bristol
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This replica of John Cabot's ship, the Matthew, in which he sailed and 'discovered' Newfoundland, resides in Bristol's floating harbour and offers day trips and excursions up the river Avon.
Located in Bristol's harbour, this vibrant museum tells Bristol's industrial history and hosts various special collections. Free to visit although there may be a charge for some exhibitions.
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M Shed
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Located in Bristol's harbour, this vibrant museum tells Bristol's industrial history and hosts various special collections. Free to visit although there may be a charge for some exhibitions.
Great place for walks as a family or with dogs, graded for difficulty from flattish to steep, or to have some mountain biking fun.
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Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve
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Great place for walks as a family or with dogs, graded for difficulty from flattish to steep, or to have some mountain biking fun.
A lovely National Trust property in the expansive Wraxall estate. Wonderful house and gardens and home to a colony of bats that live in some of the rooms.
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Tyntesfield
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A lovely National Trust property in the expansive Wraxall estate. Wonderful house and gardens and home to a colony of bats that live in some of the rooms.
Part of the Portishead to Clevedon coastal path, the Redcliffe Bay section is part-owned by the National Trust. Lovely walks.
Redcliff Bay
Part of the Portishead to Clevedon coastal path, the Redcliffe Bay section is part-owned by the National Trust. Lovely walks.
Bristol has a proud history of aerospace design, manufacture and testing, and was home to the iconic Concorde. When the last Concorde was decommissioned, this museum was created to house one and tell Bristol's aerospace story.
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Aerospace Bristol
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Bristol has a proud history of aerospace design, manufacture and testing, and was home to the iconic Concorde. When the last Concorde was decommissioned, this museum was created to house one and tell Bristol's aerospace story.
Just 15 mins' walk (uphill!) from the house, the centre offers a great range of outdoor adventure-type activities to do for couples, families and groups
Bristol Activity Centre At Portishead
Just 15 mins' walk (uphill!) from the house, the centre offers a great range of outdoor adventure-type activities to do for couples, families and groups
Situated in nearby Portbury, this museum hosts a collection of farming and agricultural artefacts. A different kind of day out!
Oakham Treasures
Situated in nearby Portbury, this museum hosts a collection of farming and agricultural artefacts. A different kind of day out!
Science lovers and enquiring minds will love this hands-on activity centre located on Bristol's harbourside. Aimed more at children (although adults will be equally engrossed) it provides hours of educational fun and challenge.
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We The Curious
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Science lovers and enquiring minds will love this hands-on activity centre located on Bristol's harbourside. Aimed more at children (although adults will be equally engrossed) it provides hours of educational fun and challenge.
Blaise House and gardens is a highly explorable 650-acre estate, tucked away between north Bristol suburbs. With its own surprise gorge, carved (as legend says, by two Bristol giants), castle (actually, a hill folly), woodland walks and trails and expansive recreation areas, children's play area and museum house, there's something for everyone. Free to the public. Also check out nearby Blaise Hamlet, a charming collection of arts and crafts style thatched cottages.
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Blaise Castle
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Blaise House and gardens is a highly explorable 650-acre estate, tucked away between north Bristol suburbs. With its own surprise gorge, carved (as legend says, by two Bristol giants), castle (actually, a hill folly), woodland walks and trails and expansive recreation areas, children's play area and museum house, there's something for everyone. Free to the public. Also check out nearby Blaise Hamlet, a charming collection of arts and crafts style thatched cottages.
Food Scene
Lots of local, independent shops, from hair to clothing, to hardware to food and cafes
High Street
Lots of local, independent shops, from hair to clothing, to hardware to food and cafes
Out of town shopping centre - lots of high street brands and a cinema
Cribbs Causeway Retail Park
Out of town shopping centre - lots of high street brands and a cinema
Central Bristol's main shopping district
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Cabot Circus
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Central Bristol's main shopping district
Neighbourhoods
Portishead is a vibrant town catering for all ages. It's grown in size in the last 15 years with the new housing development around the marina, attracting families, young and older professionals, and retirees into the area. Despite its size, it retains a great community spirit, hosting an annual carnival, raft race, flower shows, sporting events, marina, food and beer festivals, and the Christmas lights switch on, and Victorian evening. Crime is low, and people here tend to look out for each other.
Portishead
Portishead is a vibrant town catering for all ages. It's grown in size in the last 15 years with the new housing development around the marina, attracting families, young and older professionals, and retirees into the area. Despite its size, it retains a great community spirit, hosting an annual carnival, raft race, flower shows, sporting events, marina, food and beer festivals, and the Christmas lights switch on, and Victorian evening. Crime is low, and people here tend to look out for each other.
Bristol is a bustling, vibrant city, home to people of many ethnicities and faiths. Recently it's been in the news when Edward Colston's statue was toppled by Black Lives Matter protestors, in frustration at the failed democratic process around giving context to Colston's slave-trading business on which his weath and philanthropy were based. Bristol has a proud history of rioting, but in its more peaceful times it loves a good festival - and hosts an annual harbour festival, hot air balloon festival, music and food festivals, which brings everyone out in party spirit.
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Bristol
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Bristol is a bustling, vibrant city, home to people of many ethnicities and faiths. Recently it's been in the news when Edward Colston's statue was toppled by Black Lives Matter protestors, in frustration at the failed democratic process around giving context to Colston's slave-trading business on which his weath and philanthropy were based. Bristol has a proud history of rioting, but in its more peaceful times it loves a good festival - and hosts an annual harbour festival, hot air balloon festival, music and food festivals, which brings everyone out in party spirit.

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Marina safety
Whilst there are railings/barriers in many places around the marina, small children should be carefully supervised around the marina because of the risk of falling in (deep, cold water and steep sides.) Life rings are provided in places.