Redhill House is sandwiched in between Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare. And with Cheddar Gorge nearby, there is plenty to see and do. Browse our suggestions here, or tell us about anything new you would like us to feature.
Bristol Zoo offers a brilliant day out with over 400 species of wildlife to discover and exhibitions and attractions all set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens. It’s the fifth oldest zoo in the world, the oldest zoo outside of a capital city, and a long established major tourist attraction in Bristol. The Zoo is also a world-leader in wildlife education and conservation, so watch out for some rare species and new baby animals. It also hosts exhibitions and puts on regular special events, especially during school holidays. Plan on spending 2 – 5 hours at this attraction.
Thermae Bath Spa where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. Now in the World Heritage city of Bath you can enjoy Britain’s only natural thermal waters as the Celts and Romans did over 2000 years ago.
Plan on spending 2-4 hours at the spa.
Cheddar Gorge is a place of wild and rugged beauty. It is a karst limestone and calcareous grassland Nature Reserve, and home to many rare plants and animals, including endangered Greater Horseshoe bats. Cheddar Caves, inhabited by our ancestors up to 40,000 years ago, were re-discovered by Messrs Gough & Cox, enterprising Victorian showmen, and are world famous for their spectacular stalactite and stalagmite decorations, whose beautiful colours are mirrored in pools of water. Plan on spend anything up to a whole day at the gorge.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. It offers spectacular views and can be seen from all around the city, and the Clifton Downs. If you are planning on visiting by car, note there is a toll. The bridge is near the zoo, so you could plan to see them both together.
@ Bristol is an ‘interactive adventure of a lifetime’, all designed to ‘illuminate and entertain’. Close to Bristol’s harbour and waterfront and surrounded by café’s and other attractions. Ideal for children, so plan to spend anything from a couple of hours, to a whole day here.
The Bristol Hippodrome Theatre regularly hosts West End touring companies and was the place where Bristol native Archibald Leach, better known as Cary Grant, caught the acting bug. The Hippodrome also hosts ballet, opera, comedy and even a Christmas panto. Check www.bristol-hippodrome.co.uk for their programme of events.
Celebrating Bristol’s prestigious ship building past through models, pictures and audio-visual displays, the Maritime Heritage Centre is a way to discover the history of this port city and shipbuilding in Bristol. There are full size reconstructions as well as models and original machinery.
You can even get married on board!
While you’re in the harbour area, check out the Matthew, Watershed Media Centre or the Industrial Museum. You can even take a boat trip around the harbour to Bath and even as far as the Bristol Channel and the Welsh Coast. Water taxis also run regularly if your legs get tired. Picture courtesy of Shaun Spencer-Smith.
For high street brands and numerous eateries, the fabulous Cabot Circus and Broadmead centres are right in the heart of the city and boast the largest range of shops in the south west of England, including Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Debenhams. With over 200 stores, you’ll need all day to get in some retail therapy. Park in Cabot Circus or the Galleries, or any of the numerous NCP car parks serving the area. www.cabotcircus.com
The Mall at Cribbs Causeway provides an ultra convenient shopping friendly complex with over 160 shops, cafes and restaurants all under one very big roof.
Their spectacular Winter Wonderland with fabulous outdoor ice rink and magical Santa’s Castle will be open daily from Thursday 13th November.
If you’d like to browse an English market, this extensive indoor market dates back to 1743 and offers an eclectic mix of gifts, food and clothes. St Nicholas Market is between Corn Street and St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1LU.
For a more boutique style of shopping, wonder up Park Street and White Ladies road and then into Clifton village for some more unique and independent labels. Plenty of metered parking, or free parking up on Clifton Downs.
Also, why not try Bath, and the smaller villages and towns in the area such as Axbridge and Wedmore, not to mention nearby coastal resort of Weston Super Mare.