Perfectly placed, Bristol is a gateway to the South West, providing easy access to Bath, Cardiff and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Take a hike in the Mendip Hills, taste cider in an apple orchard, and discover Glastonbury, home to one of the largest music festivals in the world.
South of the city, Somerset plays host to a wide range of attractions, including Cheddar Gorge, Chew Valley, the Wookey Hole caves and the medieval city of Wells. The Mendip Hills are a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. To the north-east, the Cotswolds offer breathtaking rural landscapes, and nearby towns like Gloucester and Cheltenham are well worth a visit.
The Forest of Dean is on your doorstep; chase adventure through the tree-tops at Go Ape and admire nature at its finest in one of England’s ancient forests. Hike through waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons, and stay overnight to take advantage of the national park’s status as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
It’s an easy trip to see the seaside and discover local beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Brean Down and Sand Bay. Play in the arcades and enjoy fish and chips, and ice-cream cones, or find a wilder coastal spot and relax in peace. Don’t forget the suncream.
Bristol itself is one of the warmest and sunniest cities in the UK, and while the hills may be tough to climb, they do make for incredible views.