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Places to Go in Bristol If you’re planning a family visit to Bristol you’ll find plenty of entertaining places to visit.

Brandon Hill [map], off Great George Street, is a park in central Bristol boasting a children's play area, the Cabot Tower landmark, views over the city and the river, plus many paths and a nature conservation area.

Hestercombe Gardens [map] in Taunton is a 50-acre parkland that includes an Edwardian garden, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll. Opened in 1997 for the first time in 100 years, there's plenty to experience in this Georgian landscaped garden, including temples and a delightful woodland walk.

Enjoy a first at The WildWalk-at-Bristol [map], located at Harbourside. Wildwalk is the first of its kind in the world and will probably change your view of the natural world forever. More than 95 per cent of animal species are smaller than a hen’s egg, and Wildwalk lets you look at them in a totally new way, using live plants and animals, stunning images and sounds, and a walk through a rainforest.

When you’re thinking about where to take the family, perhaps a trout farm isn’t top of the list, but The Bibury Trout Farm [map] has grown to epic proportions and now offers an excellent day out for all. In the village of Bibury in Cirencester, The Trout Farm is right in the heart of the Cotswolds and visitors have the opportunity to feed the fish or "catch their own" fish in the summer. There’s also an on site gift shop, stoneware shop, plants, light refreshments, fresh and smoked trout on sale, as well as wines and preserves and a play area for the kids.

Longleat Estate in Warminster was the UK Family Attraction of the Year for 2002 (Good Britain Guide), and has been featured on numerous British television programmes. You can discover lions, tigers, rhino and giraffe in the Safari Park, get lost in Longleat’s Hedge Maze, see the treasures and heirlooms of Longleat House, or voyage on the safari boats.

If you live with a horse enthusiast, then a visit to HorseWorld [map] at Staunton Manor Farm is a must. Horseworld is the South West’s premier equine welfare charity and here you can enjoy a great family day out at the visitor centre. Meet and greet the rescued horses, ponies, and donkeys while supporting the equine welfare work. You could visit the interactive Museum of the Horse, Heritage Tack Museum, film presentation, nature trail, and picnic area.

Tyntesfield House [map] in Wraxall is an impressive Victorian building that has been immaculately preserved, and gives visitors a real insight into the many contrasts of Victorian life. The whole estate is being made visitor friendly by the National Trust so now you can pre-book a tour of the house and its beautiful park and gardens.

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