Bristol Airport Things to Do and Local Attractions

Bristol Airport things to do header

There’s loads of great things to do in Bristol City Centre and around Bristol Airport itself.

Whether you’re looking for historical days out, activity days with the kids or a cultured evening, Bristol has it all. Here’s a few of our recommendations.

Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo Gardens Logo

Bristol Zoo Gardens had to make our great Bristol Airport things to do! They have over 300 species from all over the world. Highlights include Gorilla Island, Seal and Penguin Coasts and Twilight World!

Admission cheaper when you buy online, in advance. It’s £10 for adults (£13 on the door) and £5 for children aged between 2-14 (£8 on the door) and free for under 3’s. Discounts are available for different groups, students, concessions and disability carers. The Zoo is open from 9am to 5.30pm daily (peak) and 9am – 5pm (off-peak).

City Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery logo

Set in beautiful Edwardian Baroque building, Bristol’s City Museum and Art Gallery has a diverse collection from fine art to prehistoric artefacts. It is the region’s largest museum and art gallery and as well as the variety of permanent works there is always a changing temporary exhibition.

Workshops, childrens activities and lectures are held here and there is a charming Edwardian style café serving drinks and snacks. Admission to the Museum and Gallery is free.

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic logo for things to do

Bristol Old Vic Theatre in is one of the oldest working theatres in the world; opening originally in 1766.

Today it is still a popular venue with local and national theatre companies regularly performing here. As well as theatre, musicals and poetry performances there are talks and tours held here as well as special events and children’s events.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel's SS Great Britain logo

Leap back in time with Brunel’s SS Great Britain, right in the heart of Bristol and the estuary.

You can walk beneath the glass and under the ship; take a trip to the dockyard, musum and the Brunel Institute. Admission is £16.50 for an adult, £9.50 for children (5-16 years), under 4s go for free and there are concession prices and discounts available.

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral logo

Bristol Cathedral is an impressive structure and a symbol of Bristol set close to the centre of town.

It was built in the 16th century and has always been an important part of Bristol’s history. As well as regular services, there are events held here throughout the year and a tour is also available every Saturday from May to October.

Finding Bristol Airport things to do: Visit the Tourist Information

Tourist Information logo

More information on local attractions can be obtained from: Tourist Information Centre. It’s a great place to ask questions about the local area, info on transport links and leaflets for local venues and events to get your teeth into Bristol culture.

Address: E Shed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Telephone: 0906 711 2191

Bristol Local Amenities

Cabot Circus Shopping Centre

Cabot Circus shopping centre bristol logo

Cabot Circus is conveniently located in the city centre and offers a wide range of shopping and eating opportunities. The centre opened in September 2008 and is now one of the top shopping destinations in the UK. With its modern architecture and designer stores it has dramatically rejuvenated Bristol Town Centre.

Cabot Circus provides:

  • Over 120 shops including Apple, Cult, Hollister, Fred Perry and Topshop
  • 2 department stores; House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols
  • About 30 cafés and restaurants
  • Showcase Cinema De Lux with 13 screens and 3,000 seats
  • Adventure Golf

Cabot Circus facilities:

  • 2500 car parking spaces available for customers, 24 hours 7 days a week
  • Shopmobility
  • Toilets with disabled facilities and baby changing
  • Banks with cash points

Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Bank Holidays: 10am – 6pm
Restaurants and Cafés may offer varied and extended opening hours

Contact Details:
Address: Cabot Circus, The Management Suite, Glass house, Bristol, BS1 3BX
Tel: 0117 9529 361
For further information visit

Bristol Shopping quarter and broadmead logo

Broadmead Shopping Centre, conveniently located in the city centre, offers a wide range of shopping and eating options. Its central location means that there are a number of transport options available.

Temple Meads train station is only 10 minutes walk, regular buses from all around the city are available and there are several parking options.

  • Over 100 stores in the Mall Galleries Shopping Centre with over 300 stores surrounding it. A great range from large department stores to small specialist shops including House of Fraser, Marks and Spencers, Debenhams, Tescos, Boots, Waterstones and HMV
  • There is a huge range of places to eat and drink from coffee shops, to take aways to restaurants. Some favourites include McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Starbucks, Costa, Greggs, Pizza Hut and Millies Cookies

Facilites at Broadmead Shopping include:

  • Car parks
  • Shopmobility
  • Toilets with disabled facilities and baby changing
  • Banks with cash points
  • Shop safe radionet and a dedicated police team

Opening hours
Monday – 9-6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday – 9-6pm
Thursday – 9-7pm (late night shopping)
Friday – 9-6pm
Saturday – 9-6pm
Sunday – 11-5pm

Contact details
Address: 69 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3DX
Tel: 0117 925 7053
For further information visit

Getting around Bristol Amenities and Attractions

Looking for transport links around the local area? Check out our Transport links and advice page.

Need a Taxi to get you from the airport to the local things to do, take a look at our recommended Bristol Airport Taxis.