Days Out Guides

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For a fun filled family day out, jump on the train and head down the Great Western Railway to one of the exciting attractions below!
Check out our handy days out guides for all the information you need on 15 fantastic attractions and a variety of attractions for you and your family to visit within the region.

Explore each location and download the full guides for our top suggestions, including useful facts and logistical information to help make sure your day out is an unforgettable one.

Featured Attractions

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The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, this Grade I listed landmark joins Bristol to Somerset.

The symbol of the city of Bristol, this Grade I listed bridge has attracted visitors from all over the world for almost 150 years. Visit the visitor centre to find out how it was built, why the design changed so many times, and how the daredevil bridge-builders managed to get the suspension chains from one side to the other – an impressive secret only discovered 140 years after the bridge opened!
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Stonehenge
Visit the most famous prehistoric monument in the world: the unique Neolithic stone circle!

Walk in the footsteps of our ancient ancestors from 2600BC, explore the mysterious landscape and step inside the Neolithic houses an even come face to face with a 5,500-year-old man!

The exhibition displays in the visitor centre are at a low level, so you’ll be able to see and hear, even if you’re not a grown up! There are films to watch, interactive games and replica exhibits to get your hands on.
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Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo has helped save over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild.

A visit here is always fun, but Bristol makes it even more so with several special experiences you can book on in advance.

Fancy being an animal keeper for the day? Or having a meet-and-greet with the lions and gorillas? If you’re over 6 years old, you can feed the lions, meet the meerkats, penguins, fruit bats, giant tortoises and more. You can even have your birthday party in the zoo’s Jungle Hideaway!

All locations

  • Bath
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Cheltenham
  • Exeter
  • London
  • Oxford
  • Penzance
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Salisbury
  • Swansea
  • Swindon
  • Taunton
  • Weymouth

Bath
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A chic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bath packs it in when it comes to contemporary culture, food and entertainment.
Bristol
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Bristol is full of exciting attractions and bursting with events and festivals throughout the year, from waterfront regattas to ballooning spectaculars.
Cardiff
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If you’ve never been to Cardiff, now is the time to go. The city and its waterfront have been totally transformed in recent years. People are friendly, the transport is excellent and the local cuisine absolutely top-quality.

Cheltenham
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Cheltenham came into being when its natural springs were discovered in 1716 and the elegant Regency town was specifically designed as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors.
Exeter
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Devon’s county town of Exeter is a vibrant, friendly city first established by the Romans back in AD55 and you can still walk on top of the Roman walls today if you’re feeling brave!
London
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London is a capital city like no other. With excitement at every turn and the greatest concentration of attractions in Britain (238 of them free of charge), deciding just what to do is a challenge!

Oxford
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The ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ is sure to inspire – the halls, courtyards and towers of the 38 colleges of England’s oldest university are stunning and many are free to visit!
Penzance
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Penzance means ‘holy headland’ in the Cornish language, and it’s famous for being the most westerly major town in England, not to mention being the setting for Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic ‘Pirates’ opera.
Portsmouth
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The UK’s only island city is practically overflowing with reasons to visit. From HMS Victory and the Mary Rose ‘celebrity ships’ at the Historic Dockyard, to the towering Spinnaker Tower, world-class museums and outstanding arts.

Reading
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Founded way back in 800AD by the Saxons, you’ll find over 850 listed buildings around the town, including the famous Reading Abbey, medieval churches and old coaching inns. It’s also not far from the magnificent Windsor Castle.
Salisbury
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With timbered buildings and a Gothic cathedral set amidst some of England’s most beautiful landscapes, Salisbury is known as ‘the city in the countryside’. It’s a thriving market town with more than its fair share of museums and historic places.
Swansea
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Swansea, the second-largest city in Wales, sits in a fantastic setting on a sweeping bay with stunning coastal scenery and beautiful sandy beaches.

Swindon
Swindon - image
Swindon, once a small market town where two Roman roads crossed, was completely transformed by the arrival of the Great Western Railway. So what better way to celebrate its locomotive heritage than arriving by train?
Taunton
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The first wonderful thing you’ll notice about visiting Taunton is the stunning scenery as you approach by train!
Weymouth
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Weymouth’s beautiful, safe, sandy beaches, rich heritage and spectacular coastline make it a firm favourite.

Bath
Bath - image
A chic UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Bath packs it in when it comes to contemporary culture, food and entertainment.
Bristol
Bristol - image
Bristol is full of exciting attractions and bursting with events and festivals throughout the year, from waterfront regattas to ballooning spectaculars.

Cardiff
Cardiff - image
If you’ve never been to Cardiff, now is the time to go. The city and its waterfront have been totally transformed in recent years. People are friendly, the transport is excellent and the local cuisine absolutely top-quality.
Cheltenham
Cheltenham - image
Cheltenham came into being when its natural springs were discovered in 1716 and the elegant Regency town was specifically designed as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors.

Exeter
Exeter - image
Devon’s county town of Exeter is a vibrant, friendly city first established by the Romans back in AD55 and you can still walk on top of the Roman walls today if you’re feeling brave!
London
London - image
London is a capital city like no other. With excitement at every turn and the greatest concentration of attractions in Britain (238 of them free of charge), deciding just what to do is a challenge!

Oxford
Oxford - image
The ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ is sure to inspire – the halls, courtyards and towers of the 38 colleges of England’s oldest university are stunning and many are free to visit!
Penzance
Penzance - image
Penzance means ‘holy headland’ in the Cornish language, and it’s famous for being the most westerly major town in England, not to mention being the setting for Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic ‘Pirates’ opera.

Portsmouth
Portsmouth - image
The UK’s only island city is practically overflowing with reasons to visit. From HMS Victory and the Mary Rose ‘celebrity ships’ at the Historic Dockyard, to the towering Spinnaker Tower, world-class museums and outstanding arts.
Reading
Reading - image
Founded way back in 800AD by the Saxons, you’ll find over 850 listed buildings around the town, including the famous Reading Abbey, medieval churches and old coaching inns. It’s also not far from the magnificent Windsor Castle.

Salisbury
Salisbury - image
With timbered buildings and a Gothic cathedral set amidst some of England’s most beautiful landscapes, Salisbury is known as ‘the city in the countryside’. It’s a thriving market town with more than its fair share of museums and historic places.
Swansea
Swansea - image
Swansea, the second-largest city in Wales, sits in a fantastic setting on a sweeping bay with stunning coastal scenery and beautiful sandy beaches.

Swindon
Swindon - image
Swindon, once a small market town where two Roman roads crossed, was completely transformed by the arrival of the Great Western Railway. So what better way to celebrate its locomotive heritage than arriving by train?
Taunton
Taunton - image
The first wonderful thing you’ll notice about visiting Taunton is the stunning scenery as you approach by train!

Weymouth
Weymouth - image
Weymouth’s beautiful, safe, sandy beaches, rich heritage and spectacular coastline make it a firm favourite.