Visiting Brilliant Bristol

Monday, 24 August 2015

Recently I was contacted by Visit Bristol and invited to spend some time in the city experiencing some of what it has to offer. I've visited Bristol a couple of times before but on work trips so never had the chance to really see that much or do any of the attractions. This opportunity was too good to pass up.

We decided to visit Bristol at the end of our holiday after visitng Mr MoaB's family up North. We didn't think we could do or see enough in a day so we booked ourselves a hotel for the night so that we could do more.

We arrived in Bristol early afternoon and headed straight towards Blaise Castle. The Castle grounds are open year round but the Castle itself is only open on selected Sundays in the summer so we were fortunate to be there on a day when we could go inside and climb to the top.

There are some great views from the top. You can see 5 counties from the roof: Gwent; Glamorgan; Monmourth; Gloucestershire and Somerset. Little Miss A really enjoyed exploring the roof. It's not a big space but had a couple of empty rooms that she kept going in!

After making our way back down the hill, we spent some time in the Playground. It was very busy but this didn't matter as there was lots of equipment to have a go on. She spent most of the time in the Pirate Ship climbing frame in a large sandpit. The car park and Castle are free so this was a great place for us to spend some time getting some fresh air and stretching our legs after our long drive down to Bristol. 

We then thought it was time to head off to find our hotel. After checking-in, we headed straight out again to have a wander around and find somewhere to eat.  

Within minutes of us being out we found our first Shaun the Sheep statue. We managed to see 11 Shaun's and you can read more here about the Shaun in the City statues that we found on the Trail.

We took a little stroll around through Millennium Square, over Pero's Bridge and around in a loop. We spotted this great Wallace & Gromit wall art along the way. 

It was then time to find something to eat before it got too late. We chose Za Za Bazaar. I've eaten here before on a business trip and it was a great meal. It's an all you can eat buffet with lots of international cuisine on offer from Indian to Chinese, from American to British (a roast dinner of course!) and more! I absolutely love the decor at each food station. It's fab!

The really difficult part is deciding what to eat and not filling up too quickly with your first plate of food. You can pick from the various dishes and there are also chefs on hand to cook other dishes fresh to your liking for instance, I had some noodles cooked and could choose how spicy to have them and what vegetables and meat to have mixed with them. It was great to give Little Miss A a taste of different things but of course her favourite bit was the desserts section!

To walk off a bit of our food we took a slightly longer route back to our hotel beside the docks. It was a lovely evening to have a wander.

The next day we had breakfast in the hotel, checked out and then made our way to the Bristol Aquarium. Little Miss A has never been to one before but does have a fascination with fish when we've seen them in other places, so it was great to have the opportunity to take her to see lots of varieties of fish and sea creatures. 

We were fortunate that when we got to the Coral Sea display, a talk and feed was just about to start so we learnt more about the coral species and fish and saw them being fed. 

It was Mermaid Monday so we even got the chance to meet not 1, but 2 mermaids. Little Miss A only wanted to pose with one of them!

We were really fortunate with the weather whilst we were in Bristol and therefore we had brought with us Little Miss A's swimming stuff so that she could have a splash in the water features in Millennium Square!

There is a really great Whale sculpture in the Square and what you can't tell in these photos is that the waves are made out of thousands of plastic bottles. 

We grabbed some lunch on the go before getting on the Tour Bus with the Bristol Insight Open Top Bus Company. These tours are always a great way to see a city as they drive round so many different parts of the city and you learn a lot from the on-board Guides along the way. It's impossible to cover so much ground on foot. We hopped on the bus at the Centre Promenade. We decided that we'd get off at 2 stops to see a few more Shaun's but otherwise we'd stay on to see the key sights of Bristol. Little Miss A actually dozed off for a little bit on the bus - I'm not surprised after all the running around she'd done in the Aquarium and splashing in Millennium Square.

If you're looking for somewhere to visit, then I highly recommend Bristol. We only scratched the surface of what there is to do! We were really lucky with the weather during our visit but even if it's not sunny, there's plenty on offer indoors such as the Aquarium and the At-Bristol Science Centre. Thankyou to Visit Bristol for giving us the great opportunity to see some of the city. We'll have to visit again to do more of it!

Disclaimer:  Visit Bristol kindly paid some of our expenses and for our entry into the Aquarium and our ride on the Open Top Tour Bus. We paid for our own hotel accommodation and other expenses.

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3 Responses to “Visiting Brilliant Bristol”

  1. Love it! Did Visit Bristol tell you about Blaise Castle? I wouldn't have thought many visitors go there as it's a bit out of the way. It's actually very near where we live so Piglet and I go there all the time!

    1. Thanks Min. Yes, they suggested it and we were lucky that the weekend we were going to Bristol, the Castle was actually open. But the grounds and playgrounds are great too so you're lucky to live so close!

  2. This has given me a few ideas for our forthcoming trip to surprise my OH


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