Last weekend was midterm break for the minis. Rather than a trip down to Granny in Limerick,we decided to look further afield for adventures new. Friends of ours recently moved from London to Bristol so we thought it would be an excellent opportunity to visit them and their 18 month old who we’d never met!
An early morning flight meant we touched down at 7:40 a.m. so had the whole of Saturday to enjoy. First stop was the at- Bristol science museum.
It was a place where the minis ran wild learning about the human body, how to create animations, enjoying experiments and even cooking demonstrations. This is probably a place more suited to kids who are a little older-I would gauge in the 7-10 age group but there was loads to keep the minis entertained and it was quite a work out for me and the Frenchman trying to keep up with them!
After a quick bite to eat, we headed to the waterfront where Mini tried her hardest to get on to the impressive tall ship featured below. The weather wasn’t great so a walk around the centre of Bristol was unfortunately cut short. There are a myriad market stalls set up at the waterfront which is packed with cafes and bars. It’s somewhere I would love to explore on a sunny day, or when I didn’t have to keep up with a mini intent on perfecting her escape artist routine.
Sunday morning brought a brief respite from the rain so we headed off to the charmingly named Windmill Hill City Farm. This is an urban farm located in the south of the city. It’s free and you’re just asked to leave a small donation. There were goats,cows,pigs,ducks and rabbits to be visited, a wonderful little make shift building site in the centre complete with diggers and other equipment and lovely walks to be had in the community garden.
We had lunch in a proper English pub, the devine Star and Dove. The girls obliged by delving into their iPads. I know screen time is the the work of the devil, but it allowed us to have a lovely catch up over three courses of gastro pub loveliness. Then it was off to the busy playground in Victoria Park, and back to the house before the rain moved in again.
We all throughly enjoyed our weekend in Bristol, and barely scratched the surface of what this very family friendly city has to offer. It’s also a very handy place to get to from both Knock and Dublin airports with Ryanair. You can fly from Cork with Aer Lingus. Unfortunately there is no option from our favourite airport, Shannon. The flight time is a snappy 45 minutes-an hour depending on your place of departure. We got ridiculously cheap flights with Ryanair- €80 for the four of us and it seems to be a place that continuously has cheap flights throughout the year.
Bristol Airport itself is a very friendly and relaxed place. Top tip for families: if you make your way to the Burger King, located right at the back of the restaurants, there is a handy little enclosure with mini bean bags and a big screen TV playing animated features. It’s a perfect spot to dump the kids, while you enjoy some ‘me time’ before your flight.
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