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

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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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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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.

Cheddar Gorge
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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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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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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