Category Archives: South West England

Family Days out from Bristol by Train

Trains from Bristol run to South Wales and the West Country. Take a day out to The Roman City of Bath, Stonehenge or the Doctor Who Exhibition.

Tourist attractions in South Wales and the West Country are in easy reach of Bristol. Many can be reached by train. Here are just a few ideas for a day out without a car:

Cardiff Castle and Millennium Stadium Tours

Wander round Cardiff Castle, or take a tour of the Millennium Stadium – both are a short walk from the station. The shopping centre in Cardiff has modern malls mixed with Victorian arcades, and well known high street names stand alongside locally owned speciality shops. Buses run from outside the station to Cardiff Bay, home of the Doctor Who exhibition, and the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans.

Getting There

Trains to Cardiff run every 30 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes 1 hour. London to Cardiff trains call at Bristol Parkway station (5 miles north of the city centre); trains run every 30 minutes and the journey takes 40 minutes. Car parking is available at Bristol Parkway at £6.90 per hour, but the car park gets full quickly on weekdays.

The Roman City of Bath is a World Heritage Site

Bath

Bath Photo Peter Jemmett under a Creative Commons License

The Roman city of Bath is just 10 miles east of Bristol. The city, with some of Europe’s finest architecture, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge or visit the Roman Baths or Bath Abbey. The city centre is near the railway station and has exclusive shopping and top class places to eat.

Getting There

Trains to Bath run every 15 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes, on average, 12 minutes.

Take a bus to Stonehenge from Salisbury Station

Salisbury is famous for its cathedral and Stonehenge. Te Cathedral is open daily to the public and is about 800 yards from the station. Stonehenge is almost 10 miles away but buses leave outside the station every 30 minutes, and the journey takes just over 30 minutes. The shopping centre, where the Charter Market has been held most Tuesdays and Saturdays for over 800 years, has a selection of high street names and small independent stores. Many shops are housed in medieval half timbered buildings.

Getting There

Trains to Salisbury run every hour from Bristol Temple Meads; the journey takes, on average, 1 hour 8 minutes.

Weston-Super-Mare has Good, Clean Beaches

Weston Super Mare

Weston Super Mare Photo NotfromUtrecht under a Creative Commons License

Weston-super-Mare is a traditional seaside resort with sandy beaches, amusements, donkey rides and boat trips across the bay. Indoor attractions include SeaQuarium, the North Somerset Museum and the Helicopter Museum. A stroll along the promenade offers lovely views across the Bristol Channel.

Getting There

Trains to Weston-Super-Mare leave every 30 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads. The average journey time is 35 minutes.

Other Ideas for a Day Out by Train from Bristol

There are plenty more attractions in easy reach of Bristol by train including:

  • The Jewellery Quarter and Balti Triangle in Birmingham
  • STEAM. Museum of the Great Western Railway and MacArthur Glen Outlet Mall in Swindon
  • The spa town of Cheltenham
  • Didcot Railway Centre
  • London Paddington is only 1 hour 45 minutes away

For more ideas Visit Bristol or 100 Days Out in South West England

National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.

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Picture Profile The Dorset Coast

The Dorset Coastline stretches from Lyme Regis in the west to Bournemouth in the east. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the Jurassic Coast , or visit West Bay where the TV series Broadchurch was filmed. Explore the market towns of Bridport and Dorchester or the larger resorts of Weymouth and Bournemouth. Here is just a small selection of what Dorset has to offer.

For more information Visit Dorset or 100 Days Out in South West England

Durdle door

Durdle Door Photo rich_f28 under a Creative Commons License

lulworth cove, jurassic coast

Lulworth Cove Photo Claudia Vieira under a Creative Commons License

Lyme Regis fishing boats

Lyme Regis Fishing Boats Photo Paul Lucas under a Creative Commons License

17th century  Lulworth Castle in Dorset

Lulworth Castle Photo Angus Kirk under a Creative Commons License

Bridport - St. Mary's Church

Bridport St. Mary’s Church Photo Rambler1977 under a Creative Commons License

Boscombe Beach Long Exposure

Boscombe Beach Photo Ben Cremin under a Creative Commons License

Picture Profile The Cornwall Coastline

Cross the River Tamar from Devon and you are in the old Celtic kingdom of Kernow (or Cornwall as it is now better known). Cornwall is a peninsula over 80 miles long with stunning coastlines on three sides. Long golden beaches are a magnet for surfers but divers,anglers, walkers and cyclists will all enjoy the varied beauty of the Cornish Coast.

For more information Visit Cornwall or 100 Days Out in South West England

St Ives

St Ives Photo Nana B Agyei under a Creative Commons License

Lands' end, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Land’s End, Cornwall, Photo Giuseppe Milo under a Creative Commons License

Crown Engine Houses, Botallack, West Cornwall

Botallack, Cornwall Photo Tony Armstrong under a Creative Commons License

Sunset in Bude, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Sunset in Bude Photo Giuseppe Milo under a Creative Commons License

Crackington Haven, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Crackington Haven, Photo Giuseppe Milo under a Creative Commons License

Sunset in Marazion, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Sunset in Marazion, Cornwall, Photo Giuseppe Milo under a Creative Commons License