Bristol is an amazing city in the west of England. It’s a vibrant melting pot of cultures, a live music paradise, a nirvana for cultural connoisseurs, and home to some of the UK’s most incredible nightlife.
But it’s not only a fantastic destination. Bristol also acts as a great base for exploring the stunning surrounding areas and cities. Rent a car or make use of the UK’s extensive public transport system to embark on day trips from Bristol to some of these amazing attractions!
Bristol Day Trips
Each of these destinations is no more than an hour or two from Bristol, and can comfortably be seen in a day.
Set in the stunning Wiltshire countryside, around 40 miles southeast of Bristol, Stonehenge is one of the world’s greatest enigmas. It’s an ancient stone circle made from enormous rocks, that were placed there by prehistoric humans!
With a history stretching back to the late Neolithic period, these stones have stood on the site for around 4,500 years! This admission ticket allows you to marvel at the monument itself, as well as the outdoor gallery and visitors center.
Located just 11 miles from Bristol, Bath is one of the most beautiful historic city’s in the UK, perhaps even the world. The quaint city’s history stretches back around two millennia, to when the Roman’s built a bathing complex and spa on the site (hence the name Bath).
This walking tour takes you on a journey through the quaint streets and magnificent Georgian architecture. You’ll visit the ancient Bath Abbey and Pultney Bridge, as well as the famous Roman Baths! The tour takes you through the very best of Bath, and is complemented with fun and interesting information about the city’s extensive history.
Oxford is also often considered one of the most stunning historic cities on Earth, and is home to the oldest university in the English speaking world. It’s a small city, packed with incredible, ancient English and Anglo-Saxon architecture, some of which dates back around 1,000 years to the roots of the University of Oxford!
Some of the world’s greatest philosophers, scientists, and authors studied at Oxford University. This tour allows you the opportunity to walk the same streets as they did, amidst the dreaming spires as you learn about the city’s rich history. You’ll see the best bits of the city, and get to see some of the filming locations of Harry Potter!
Venture into the stunning rolling hills and quaint villages of the Cotswolds on this wonderful tour. It departs from Oxford and continues on to explore some of the most enchanting ancient villages in the area.
The Cotswolds are famously beautiful, and exploring them is a great way to connect with the English countryside. You’ll stop by the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds”, Bourton-on-the-water, as well as the famous Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold, amongst others. Stop for lunch along the way and enjoy the peaceful countryside atmosphere!
Bristol Like a Local
Alternatively, if you’d like to stick to exploring Bristol itself, you could book this customized private tour that allows you to experience the city like a local. With friendly local guides that only do tours part-time, the experience is more akin to a friend showing you around their city.
You’ll tour the area in which you’re staying, and venture into the city for some immersive exploration. Your guide will give you pointers on what to do, see, and eat while you’re in town, and give you a rundown of the best places to visit! You’ll learn all about local life, and be able to customize the tour to fit with your own personal style.
Bristol is a wonderful city, graced with some incredible surroundings. Whether you choose to explore Bristol’s fabulous neighboring cities and countryside villages or stick to Bristol itself, we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time!