Ideas for day trips around Bristol

Summer is over, but the bad weather hasn’t arrived yet, so it is a good time to make the most of the weekends. Have you been in Bristol for a while but you don’t know how to spend your free time? In a single day, and by public transport, you can enjoy short breaks to charming villages near Bristol. Here are some suggestions of places that you can visit:

BATH

Roman baths in Bath
Roman baths of Bath, by Neil Howard


Almost everyone who lives in Bristol has visited this charming little town, but if you haven’t done it yet, I recommend the Canal Zone. You can rent bikes by the hour there, or navigate the waters of the beautiful canal. Highly recommended: VisitBath.co.uk.

How to get there?

  • By bike using the bike path that starts at the LIDL at Lawrence Hill. It takes about 2 hours and it’s completely flat.
  • By train from Temple Meads. It takes about 45 min.
  • By bus, from Colston, a First bus line X39. It takes about 55min.

CHEDDAR

Cheddar
Cheddar Gorge by Matthew Robey

The village of the famous cheese is the home of a super Sunday flea market, where you can find absolutely everything! Also, for less than 5 pounds you can access the wonderful cliffside views by bus. You have to pay, but if you’re in the mood, you can walk up: CheddarGorge.co.uk.

How to get there?

  • By train from Temple Meads to Weston Milton Rail Station. Walk 7 min to Worle Moor and take bus 126 to Cheddar First.

GLASTONBURY & WELLS

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Cathedral of Wells by Marilyn Peddle

You can get to know these charming villages with the same bus ticket. In Glastonbury I advise you to go up to the hill of Tor, where you will find St Michael’s Tower. And in Wells, you can enter the cathedral—one of the most beautiful in England—free of charge.

How to get there?

  • There is a bus (376) that goes straight from Broadmead to Wells. Then from Wells, you can go to Glastonbury in just 15 minutes by the same bus (376).

BRADFORD ON AVON

Bradford on Avon
Bradford-on-Avon by Synwell

They are small villages but very picturesque. You can get there easily by train, and you will also find very typical tea rooms where the waitresses wear period bonnets. Very British! BradfordOnAvon.co.uk

How to get there?

  • By a direct train from Temple to Bradford-on-Avon, it takes about 25min.

FROME

Frome
Frome by Jack Pease

Another town that is easily accessible by train, like Bath, it has a very nice area of channels and a market several days a week: DiscoverFrome.co.uk.

How to get there?

  • From Temple Meads, direction Weymouth. It takes 1h with a station in the city of Frome.

CLEVEDON

Clevedon
Clevedon Pier by Matt Neale

To get to this place, it’s best to go by buys. You can’t miss its historic pier, where films such as “Never Let Me Go”, and even a video clip of the famous One Direction, were shot. You can also enjoy a short walk by the sea, eat on the small promenade or enjoy an artificial “pool” in summer. The secondhand clothes shops have quite a reputation among the British for being very good quality: ClevedonPier.com.

How to get there?

  • By bus, from the center of Bristol, with First X6 or X8. It takes about 45min.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral by vgm9393

Harry Potter fans, you’re in luck: this village is home to the cathedral where they filmed several scenes from the films about the boy wizard: TheCityOfGloucester.co.uk.

How to get there?

  • There is a direct train form Temple Meads (1h15min) to Gloucester.

EXETER

Exeter
Mol’s Coffee House, Exeter by James Clark

If you buy tickets in advance it will be quite inexpensive. The center of Exeter is very beautiful, in addition to having quite affordable independent clothing stores you will not find in Bristol: HeartOfDevon.com/exeter.

How to get there?

  • By train from Temple Meads (1h45) to Exeter St Davids station. Then transfer to Exeter Central.


And so these are some of the places you can visit. I hope this little guide has helped, and now you know there’s no reason to get bored. If you need a website to plan the trip step by step, I recommend travelinesw.com.

Article by Sandrine Escaño.

If you have any other recommendations for destinations to visit, please leave a comment!

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