Bristol, Somerset & The Cotswolds - 3 Day Itinerary


Bristol, Somerset & The Cotswolds

3 Days

Bristol is a bustling maritime city, where historical attractions, and harbour-side museums rub shoulders with fantastic cuisine, shopping and contemporary street art. But travel a little outside the city, for example to the north or the south, and visitors are greeted with some of the country’s finest countryside, quaint villages and a real flavour of this picturesque corner of England.

Day 1

Things to do in Bristol

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Brunel’s SS Great Britain – once the longest passenger ship in the world – is one of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, and for good reason. Billed as the ‘ship that changed the world’, she epitomises not only Bristolian maritime history, but British maritime history, famed for being ahead of her time and the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic. A trip to the onboard museum tells the tale of how she completed the Atlantic voyage in 14 days, an impressive feat back in 1845, and how she also carried thousands of immigrants to Australia.

Today the SS Great Britain forms part of the National Historic Fleet and has won numerous awards for her educational facilities. Ship fanatics can learn all about her history and the lives of the passengers and crew thanks to volunteer-led talks, while more active visitors can even climb the rigging on weekends.

The SS Great Britain at sunset, moored in Bristol

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NameBrunel's SS Great Britain
ProfileBristol’s top-rated visitor attraction comprising the world’s first great ocean liner – the SS Great Britain as well as two museums, historic dockyard and dry dock. Visitors explore the ship, climb the rigging, step inside Brunel’s family dining room and discover how he changed the world.
Phone0117 926 0680
Min - Max capacity:Self-guided visits - no minimum or maximum. Guided tours can be pre-booked for a maximum of 25 people per guide (additional cost).
Frequency:Pre-booked tours available. Otherwise free sale of self-guided visits.
FIT or Groups:FIT and groups welcome.
Translation:German, French, Spanish, Chinese

Brewerism Brewery Tours

Bristol’s amazing craft beer scene is waiting to be discovered. And Brewerism Brewery Tours offer the perfect opportunity to do just that. With beer samples at each of the three venues – which vary depending on the tour – a light snack, and a guide to give a friendly commentary, this is a great way to get a “taste” of the city.

Examples of potential stops include: Arbor Ales, Moor Beer, New Bristol Brewery, Left Handed Giant, Barley Mow (BBF pub), Beer Emporium. Depending on venues transportation may be added to the tour.

Tours also available in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cardiff and Cirencester.

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NameBrewerism Brewery Tours: Bristol
ProfileBrewerism guides brewery & pubs tours in the beautiful southwest: Bristol, Cheltenham & the Cotswolds, Gloucester and Cardiff. We offer public & private tours throughout the year (walking and minibus tour options available). We champion small business and the best of British real ale and craft beer.
Min - Max capacity:Public tours: 4-16 Private tours: 10-30
Frequency:Public tours run at least one day every weekend April-December. Private tours available all year (not including Bank Holidays).
Private tours:Yes for groups of 10+ (fewer people accepted for a higher per-person cost).
FIT or Groups:Our public tours are perfect for individuals and groups. We also organise bespoke private tours for groups.
Extra information:Gift vouchers available.
Day 2

Things to do in Somerset

Thatchers Cider Tours

The English county of Somerset is well known for its cider, and the expert cidermakers at the Thatchers Cider mill – Myrtle Farm – have been crafting cider here for well over a century.

Tours of Myrtle Farm take in the orchards and the mill, explaining the cider-making process, while guides share the history of the farm, telling a few tales about the Thatcher family as they go. The tour experience lasts approximately 2 hours and includes tastings of the fine Somerset ciders crafted here, not to mention the chance to purchase some of the most scrumptious vintages from the Cider Shop, right in the heart of the farm. Visitors and Groups can extend their visit by booking a meal at the Railway Inn. Please enquire for further information.

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NameThatchers Cider
CategoryGuided Tours
ProfileFourth generation Thatchers has been growing apples and making cider at Myrtle Farm since 1904. Set in the heart of Somerset’s cider country, award winning brands include Thatchers Gold, Thatchers Haze, Thatchers Katy and Thatchers Vintage.
Phone+44 (0)1934 822862
Min - Max capacity:Min 1 - Max 20
Frequency:Public Tours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, starting 11.00am from the Railway Inn. Booking essential
Private tours:Private group tours Monday to Friday - please enquire for availability
FIT or Groups:Both
Extra information:Please note that tours are weather dependent and booking in advance is required. The Railway Inn and our Cider Shop are fully accessible.

Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Set in the heart of Somerset, the stunning Cheddar Gorge towers 400 feet into the air, and is home to ancient caves through which flows the largest underground river system in Britain.

Offering a wide range of rock climbing and caving activities for the more adventurous, or outdoor walks and exploration of the stalactites and stalagmites within the caves for those seeking gentler pursuits, this breath-taking phenomenon is has been brought to life to create a fascinating visitor experience.

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NameCheddar Gorge & Caves
ProfileExplore one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks. From its awe-inspiring cliffs to its extraordinary subterranean stalactite show caves. Cheddar Gorge & Caves holds many fascinating secrets about our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.
Phone01985 844328
Min - Max capacity:Group is a Minimum of 12
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Groups of 12 or more
Day 3

Things to do in The Cotswolds

Cotswold Foodie Tours

Created by gourmet food bloggers, and proud artisan food makers, Cotswold Foodie Tours gives an insider’s guide to the local food and drink of this picturesque part of England.

With walking or driven tours to suit different tastes, and durations, each tour is packed with local flavours, and unique culinary experiences – from Cotswold Craft drinks to West Country Pasties. It’s the kind of taste of the Cotswolds you can’t get from a guide book!

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NameCotswold Foodie Tours
CategoryGuided Tours
ProfileWe love the Cotswolds and everything about it. We give people a taste of the Cotswolds, exposing them to real Artisan food, while taking in the highlights of the towns selected. We are dedicated to helping your clients enjoy the best Cotswold food and cultural experience off the beaten path.
Phone+44 (0)7425 151 933
Min - Max capacity:Max 15 for Cheltenham tours Max 10 for full day tours
Frequency:The Regency Tour: Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 10.30am Luxury Cotswolds Day Tour: Tuesday & Saturday: 10.00am The Chocolate Box Tour: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10.15am
Private tours:We like to be flexible at Cotswold Foodie Tours, so we make our private tours easy for you to book. Private tours have a minimum of two and a maximum of ten. Please get in touch with your requirements.
FIT or Groups:Both

Hook Norton Brewery

An independent and passionate brewery, Hook Norton produces “real ales” – combining handcrafted brewing heritage with a modern approach.

Brewing on the same site for over a century and a half, a tour of the brewery gives an insight into the unique sights, sounds and smells of a historic brewery at work. Tutored tastings are also on offer, and visitors may even see the shire horses that are still used to carry out weekly deliveries to local pubs in Hook Norton.

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NameHook Norton Brewery
CategoryGuided Tours
ProfileBrewing since 1849, Hook Norton Brewery is a proudly independent family owned, fifth generation brewery based in the heart of the Cotswold Hills. Brewing on the same site for over a century and a half; still housed in the original buildings.
Phone01608 730384
Min - Max capacity:Min 2 - Max 15
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both

The Cotswolds Distillery

Running three times a day, seven days a week, tours of the Cotswold Distillery are extremely popular, providing the rare chance to learn about a number of local spirits that are crafted here, whilst getting up close to spirit-making in action.

Guides share their knowledge of gin, whisky and the distillation process on the 90-minute tour, which also includes the opportunity to taste all of the products on offer.

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NameThe Cotswolds Distillery
ProfileThe first distillery in the Cotswolds, producing a range of outstanding natural spirits, including the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky. Visitors can see all the processes in action with our team of expert tour guides, culminating with a tasting of our spirits.
Phone01608 238 533
Min - Max capacity:Tours are capped at 15 people
Frequency:Three tours daily: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Private tours:Not currently available
FIT or Groups:We will do our best to accommodate groups on our tours, however due to health and safety regulations we are limited to 15 people/tour.
Extra information:Tours must be booked well in advance.

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