• John Oyston

Family Days out from Bristol by Train

Trains from Bristol run to South Wales and the West Country. Take a day out to The Roman City of Bath, Stonehenge or the Doctor Who Exhibition.

Tourist attractions in South Wales and the West Country are in easy reach of Bristol. Many can be reached by train.

Here are just a few ideas for a day out without a car:

Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium Tours

Wander round Cardiff Castle, or take a tour of the Principality Stadium – both are a short walk from the station. The shopping centre in Cardiff has modern malls mixed with Victorian arcades, and well known high street names stand alongside locally owned speciality shops.

Buses run from outside the station to Cardiff Bay and the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans.

Getting There

Trains to Cardiff run every 30 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes just under 1 hour. London to Cardiff trains call at Bristol Parkway station (5 miles north of the city centre); trains run every hour and the journey takes 35 minutes.

The Roman City of Bath is a World Heritage Site

Bath Photo Peter Jemmett under a Creative Commons License
Bath Photo Peter Jemmett under a Creative Commons License

The Roman city of Bath is just 10 miles east of Bristol. The city, with some of Europe’s finest architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge or visit the Roman Baths or Bath Abbey. The city centre is near the railway station and has exclusive shopping and top class places to eat.

Getting There

Three trains an hour run to Bath from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes, on average, 12 minutes.

Take a bus to Stonehenge from Salisbury Station

Salisbury is famous for its cathedral and Stonehenge. The Cathedral is open daily to the public and is about 800 yards from the station. Stonehenge is almost 10 miles away but buses leave outside the station every 30 minutes, and the journey takes just over 30 minutes.

The shopping centre, where the Charter Market has been held most Tuesdays and Saturdays for over 800 years, has a selection of high street names and small independent stores. Many shops are housed in medieval half timbered buildings.

Getting There

Trains to Salisbury run every hour from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes, on average, 1 hour 8 minutes.

Weston-Super-Mare has Good, Clean Beaches

Weston Super Mare Photo NotfromUtrecht under a Creative Commons License
Weston Super Mare Photo NotfromUtrecht under a Creative Commons License

Weston-super-Mare is a traditional seaside resort with sandy beaches, amusements, donkey rides and boat trips across the bay. Indoor attractions include SeaQuarium, the North Somerset Museum and the Helicopter Museum. A stroll along the promenade offers lovely views across the Bristol Channel.

Getting There

Trains to Weston-Super-Mare leave every 30 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads. The average journey time is 35 minutes.

Other Ideas for a Day Out by Train from Bristol

There are plenty more attractions in easy reach of Bristol by train including:

  1. The Jewellery Quarter and Balti Triangle in Birmingham

  2. STEAM. Museum of the Great Western Railway and MacArthur Glen Outlet Mall in Swindon

  3. The spa town of Cheltenham

  4. Didcot Railway Centre

  5. London Paddington is only 1 hour 40 minutes away from Bristol Temple Meads and 1 hour 15 minutes from Bristol Parkway.

For more ideas Visit Bristol or 100 Days Out in South West England

National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.

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