Whether you live in the busy city of Bristol and want to get away from the chaos of the bustling centre, or you’re looking to get the most out of your trip and want to explore the surrounding areas; below are a few day trips from Bristol that are easily accessible by train, offering an escape for people on a budget.
It seems unbelievable that a quaint town such as Cheltenham can be so close to the lively city of Bristol. Although the town is now most famous for the Gold Cup Racing Day, Cheltenham is full of history.
The beautiful grade listed Pittville Pump Room is the only withstanding spa left in Cheltenham, which overlooks one of the many picturesque parks.
After exploring, ‘The Rising Sun’ hotel and bar is a great place to relax. Located overlooking the town, the bar is in the perfect place to watch the late afternoon sunset.
Duration of journey: Just less than 40 minutes.
One way ticket price: From £6.
Bath has always been known for its stunning 18th-century architecture, you could spend days wandering around the beautiful streets with a camera in hand. But Bath doesn’t boast just amazing scenery, it is also the only place in the UK where visitors can bathe in a natural hot water spa.
Thermae Bath Spa has a picturesque rooftop pool to do just that, making it the perfect spot for a romantic evening overlooking the city.
Duration of journey: 30 minutes.
One way ticket price: From £7.
Although Cardiff is a bustling city just like Bristol, there is a calmer atmosphere once you are over the river Severn.
Cardiff has a lot of history, visiting the castle is a great way to learn about the city, and there are many traditional pubs and restaurant’s are in the area to relax in after a day of exploring.
If you want a little more excitement, plan ahead to visit on a day when a rugby game is on in the Millennium Stadium – one of the locals’ favourite pastimes.
Duration of journey: Just over one hour.
One way ticket price: From £10.
There are a number of walking tour operators in Oxford offering an in-depth knowledge of the city with different themes to choose, from Medieval tours to one based around Harry Potter.
Another way for visitors on a budget to discover the city is to simply explore the many tiny cobbled streets themselves, giving a real and unique view of the city.
If walking tours aren’t your thing, then there is the option to rent a boat to relax while exploring the city from the water.
Duration of journey: an hour and twenty minutes.
One way ticket price: From £14.50.
Stonehenge and Salisbury
Another day trip from Bristol which is a little further afield is the town of Salisbury, home to one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world; Stonehenge.
Because of its popularity, tickets to enter the site need to be booked in advance, but the view is so extraordinary that it should be on everyone’s must-see list, making it well worth the time it takes to get there.
Make sure to not miss out the town of Salisbury itself for a typically British lunch of tea and scones.
Duration of journey: Just over an hour to Salisbury, plus a short bus ride to Stonehenge.
One way ticket price: From £10.
Cover Photo – Flickr: Kumweni