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Child's Play

Family-friendly activities in Bath and Bristol

Day 1

Take the family on a journey back in time

Bath has a wealth of family-friendly activities with innovative recreations and dressing up boxes that bring the past to life!

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The Roman Baths

A visit to the Roman Baths, one of the UK's top attractions, is a must for all ages. Children are well catered for with award winning audio guides and a cast of costumed characters, including a soldier, merchant, fine lady and a slave girl, who help bring the past of 2,000 years ago to life.

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  • Walk 10 mins
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Egg Theatre

The Egg Theatre is a truly special place to visit - the venue was designed for, and by, children, and everything is child sized. The magical egg shaped auditorium hosts an award-winning programme of wildly imaginative shows that appeal to young audiences. Show times are usually mid-morning and mid-afternoon and, as expected, the cafe is hugely welcoming for those with children.

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  • Walk 15 mins
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Fashion Museum

Housed in the elegant Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum has a world-class collection of historic and contemporary dress, giving a wonderful insight into the history of the clothes and the people who wore them. Don't miss the ultimate dressing up box jam-packed with replica Georgian and Victorian outfits.

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En route

Stroll through the magnificent Circus and look for symbols, animals and emblems on the houses. In front of the sweeping expanse of the Royal Crescent is the perfect place for a picnic.

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No. 1 Royal Crescent

A chance to go back in time and see what Georgian life was like inside a stately house on the Royal Crescent, both for the fashionable members of society upstairs and those toiling below stairs. Watch out for the small dog at work in the kitchen!

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Day 2

A day of discovery, invention and big questions in Bristol

A walkable, level route around the harbour, with lots of places to stop, eat and take a break.

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We The Curious

Get stuck in with some hands on discovery at this state of the art attraction, created for curious children and adults of all ages. Pose a burning question and test out the answer in this science centre which makes creative thinking fun for the whole family. Walk through a tornado, create your own TV show, cover yourself from head to toe in a giant bubble or take a trip to the stars in the UK’s first 3D Planetarium.

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  • Boat 10 mins
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En route

Take a walk along Millennium Promenade before taking the short boat trip from Hannover Quay across the harbour to Brunel's SS Great Britain landing stage.

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Brunel's SS Great Britain

A double treat is in store for visitors here, with not only the magnificent SS Great Britain to explore, but also the new Being Brunel exhibition centre, which literally takes visitors inside the great man’s head. Test your seafaring skills with interactive displays, pose for portrait photos, and investigate the fine first-class cabins and the cramped, and sometimes smelly, rooms in steerage. Find out what life was like for a crew member, and for those with a head for heights, by climbing the rigging to the crow’s nest.

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En route

Walk towards M Shed and stop for lunch at the vibrant harbourside development, Cargo, where there are lots of delicious choices on offer from the best of Bristol’s indie restaurants and cafes.

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The Matthew

Step onto The Matthew, a replica of John Cabot’s ship that sailed to North America in 1497, which is docked next to Wapping Wharf and M Shed Museum.

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  • Walk 2 mins
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M Shed

This dockside warehouse, now transformed into a modern museum, tells the story of Bristol and its people, exploring over 2,000 years of every aspect of the city’s life. Plus there’s a chance to see the old docks working once again with steamboats, trains and cranes - check the website for details.

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