Explore the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge


If you’re flying through Bristol Airport and eager to make the most of your visit, then you are in luck, in this guide we will uncover the 10 best things to do near Bristol Airport. Being just 26 minutes from the city centre offers an abundance of things to do for every traveller, whether you have a few hours or a couple of days, you will have plenty of time to catch some of the city’s extraordinary delights!

Getting From and To Bristol Airport


Our Bristol airport transfers make getting from or to Bristol Airport a completely hassle-free experience, not only can you ride in comfort but also there is no hassle of queuing for a taxi, our drivers meet you at the door of the airport and know the best roads to take even at peak time ensuring you make the most of the time you have available. As mentioned it’s a short drive into the city from the airport, however, you’ll even find some things to do before you reach the city centre, read on to get some inspiration for your next visit. 

Things to do Near Bristol Airport

Explore the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge

Distance from Bristol Airport: 24 Minutes (8.7 Miles)

Distance from Bristol City Centre: 18 Minutes (43 Minute Walk)

Arguably the Clifton suspension bride is one of Bristol’s most recognizable and iconic structures, the Clifton Suspension cannot be missed if you are passing through Bristol, especially if the weather is nice, if you’re looking for a relaxing experience, visiting this bridge is something you must do. Open 24 hours a day and free to cross for pedestrians, take a walk over the bridge from the city side to Leigh Woods. Be sure to catch a shot of the bridge from the Clifton Observatory, where you can take the best photo overlooking the city.


Discover the rich maritime history at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Distance from Bristol Airport: 34 Minutes 

Distance from Bristol City Centre: 12 Minutes (22 Minute Walk)

Dating back to 1843 the SS Great Britain is now a museum but once a passenger liner, sailing the oceans. Take a tour of the boat and walk under the ship beneath glass for the best view of the ship’s propellers. Admission costs £18 for adults and £10 for children. 

Visit the Majestic Bristol Cathedral

Distance from Bristol Airport: 24 Minutes 

Distance from Bristol City Centre: 10 Minutes (15 Minute Walk)

The Bristol Cathedral offers a historical experience that dates back to the 16th century and has always been an essential part of Bristol’s long-running history, and as such if you are passing through Bristol airport this is a must-visit. If you have time to spare then you can even take a guided tour that spans more than 900 years of Bristol History (available every Friday and Saturday). 

The cathedral Is located a short 24-minute drive from the airport and only a 15-minute walk into the city center, giving those with a short amount of time plenty of time to visit and return to the airport or those with longer to take a walk into the city, to explore the many other things that Bristol has to offer. 

Indulge in Retail Therapy at Cabot Circus

Distance from the airport: 22 Minutes 

Distance from the city center: 1 Minute Walk

 Located in the heart of Bristol city centre, Cabot Circus shopping centre offers the ultimate shopping experience for any shopaholic, situated over 3 floors with over 130 stores to shop from. Whether you are after a last-minute gift to take home or looking to shop the latest trends, you are sure to find what you are looking for here. The shopping centre is also littered with many restaurants so be sure to grab a hearty meal from whichever takes your fancy.

Explore Bristol Zoo

Distance from the airport: 16 Minutes 

Distance from the city center: 26 Minutes

Discover the wonders of the Bristol Zoo, an enchanting destination located near Bristol Airport. This delightful zoo offers an array of attractions that will captivate visitors of all ages, making it a perfect choice for animal enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

At Gorilla Island, observe the majestic creatures in their natural habitat and gain insights into their fascinating behaviours and conservation efforts. The Seal and Penguin Coasts offer a delightful spectacle of adorable seals and playful penguins, providing endless entertainment for onlookers. Admission to the zoo is cheaper if bought in advance and tickets are priced at £11.56 for adults (or £13.39 on the door) and £9.08 for children (aged 2-14) (or £7.42 on the door).

Be Entertained at the Bristol Old Vic

Distance from the airport: 26 Minutes

Distance from the city center: 9 Minute Walk

The Bristol Old Vic is an absolute gem nestled near Bristol Airport, offering an enthralling cultural experience for travellers and locals alike. With a history dating back to 1766, it stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious theatres in the English-speaking world. The stunning Georgian architecture exudes a sense of timeless charm and provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable theatrical journey.

At the Bristol Old Vic, visitors can indulge in a diverse array of world-class performances, ranging from gripping dramas to uproarious comedies. The venue’s Studio Theatre showcases experimental and contemporary works, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. Guided tours offer a captivating glimpse behind the scenes, delving into the theatre’s storied past and iconic productions.

Take a leisurely stroll around Ashton Court Estate

Distance from the airport: 21 Minutes

Distance from the city center: 15 Minutes (57 Minute Walk)

Located near Bristol Airport, the Ashton Court Estate beckons both nature enthusiasts and history buffs with its breathtaking offerings, spanning an impressive 850 acres of lush parkland, this estate is a treasure trove of activities and attractions. For those who love the great outdoors, the estate boasts picturesque walking paths, cycling trails, and lush spots for idyllic picnics. 

With its stunning natural beauty, an array of recreational activities, and a rich historical backdrop, Ashton Court Estate offers an unmissable retreat near Bristol Airport, inviting everyone to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquillity of this extraordinary destination.

Get lost at St Nicholas Market

Distance from the airport: 27 Minutes

Distance from the city center: 6 Minute Walk

Another shopping destination (although a little quirky) nestled close to Bristol Airport is St Nicholas Market, a vibrant and eclectic hub that promises an exciting experience for locals and travelers alike. This historic market, dating back to the 18th century, offers a delightful array of stalls and shops, making it a must-visit destination for foodies, shoppers, and culture enthusiasts.

So whether your looking to go from the airport to the city centre or another one of the exciting attractions that Bristol has to offer, ensure you have a reliable transfer sorted to ensure no time is wasted and even if you only have a few hours to spare you can make the most of every second.