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Tourist attractions

South Gloucestershire has much to offer the inquisitive visitor with a range of attractions and places to visit.

Explore our market towns and historic buildings, take a ride on a steam train and shop in our fantastic Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Don’t forget to take a journey through our engineering history by visiting Concorde at Filton and discover our amazing countryside for long walks, picnics and bike rides. We are also ideally placed to visit the surrounding areas of Bath, Bristol, Somerset and the Cotswolds so there is something to suit everyone.

Large green open parkland with a late 17th-century mansion and garden in the distance

Dyrham Park

This grand house was built between 1691 and 1702 and is set in 272 acres of garden, including a deer park. The house is now a National Trust property and contains some lavish collections of 17th and 18th century art. The house has also been used as a filming location and can be found on the A46 from junction 18 on the M4. Find out more about Dyrham House


The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

The Mall, situated off junction 17 of the M5 has 135 top name stores, restaurants and cafes with 7000 free parking spaces.


Avon Valley Railway, Bitton

The Avon Valley Railway has steam trains and scenic boat tours operating throughout the summer. They also run events such as a ‘Day out with Thomas’ for children and ‘The Real Ale’ festival and murder mystery evenings for grown-ups. Find out more about Avon Valley Railway


Bristol Aerospace Centre

The Bristol Aero Collection is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of artefacts of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Concorde is the show-stopping centre-piece of this museum, after its last spectacular flight home in 2003.


Acton Court

A beautifully conserved Tudor courtier’s mansion. Open on a number of days throughout summer, professional guides give tours of the house and grounds


Wild Place

The Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides adventure, play and learning, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

Visitors to The Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, East Africa the Congo and Europe and find out how The project is helping to conserve them in the wild.

Welcome to Wild Place – Wild Place Project


Grimsbury Farm

Situated in Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, Grimsbury Farm has a variety of animals, a playground, a picnic area and a café; perfect for a day out.  The farm is open every day from dawn until dusk throughout the year and is enjoyed by families and couples, old and young alike. Admission and parking is free on site.


Thornbury Castle

Thornbury Castle hotel is a beautiful 16th century building, which was once owned by Henry VIII and stands in 15 acres of regal splendour, surrounded by its vineyards and Tudor garden. It is renowned for being one of the finest country house hotels in England.


Willsbridge Mill

Set in a peaceful valley, Willsbridge Mill is an impressively restored 19th Century Corn Mill and Long Barn, located within a stunning 22 acre nature reserve.


Winterbourne Barn

Built in 1342, just a few years before the great plagues swept across England, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.


Market towns

Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield are historic market towns in South Gloucestershire that have tea rooms, quirky shops, farmers markets and bags of character.


Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton Horse Trials is one of the most popular and prestigious events in the equestrian calendar. It is a three day event, which takes place in April or May each year in the park of Badminton House.


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