Whatever time of year you’re planning a trip to Bristol, you’ll find many opportunities for fantastic days out for all the family – whether you’re visiting the city’s famous attractions or attending its eye-opening festivals.

Even with the struggling economy, family days out in Bristol don’t have to cost the earth, and this year has seen many of the city’s major visitor attractions cutting or freezing their prices to encourage more families with children to experience what they have to offer. With loft conversions being all the rage right now, it will be incredibly easy for you to find a great loft to stay in, especially with the phrase Bristol loft conversion being a buzzword these days.

One of Bristol’s most iconic landmarks, Brunel’s ss Great Britain, offers cheap family tickets to explore the famous vessel, built and launched in 1843 as the world’s first propeller-driven iron ship. Now lovingly restored and open to the public in Bristol’s dockyard, the attraction even offers special deals for grandparents visiting with their grandchildren, and all family tickets entitle the bearer to unlimited free return visits over the next year – making a second family day out in Bristol even more affordable.

For those who like motorsports, Bristol is at the forefront of many motorsports events.

A skid pan is also part of the attraction of Bristol for motorsport fans where you can take driver training to hone your skills. For those who can’t make up their minds, try ‘Rage Buggy Racing.’ This looks like fantastic fun and consists of tearing around in a single seater buggy that looks like a quad bike in a cage. Billed as a cross between karting and rallying, this is another event where you’d be best advised to leave the car to hire Bristol vehicle at the sidelines.

Many of Bristol’s top museums are also perfect for a family visit and, best of all, are completely free of charge. Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery is a fascinating destination for people of all ages, from kids who’ll love the dinosaur skeletons and endangered species exhibits to art lovers, who can take in some of the finest classical and contemporary art on the upper floor of the multi-purpose attraction. The museum has also recently opened an exhibition dedicated to exploring the eternally fascinating culture of Ancient Egypt, making, even more, reasons to take a family day out in Bristol to keep on top of the newest exhibits and galleries.

Family days out aren’t all about exploring ancient ships and buildings of course, and Bristol has as much to offer outside as inside. One of the most spectacular events that come to the city each year is the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, which takes place each August in the sunny grounds of the Ashton Court Estate. This festival is a unique chance to see hot air balloons taking to the skies over the historic city in a dazzling array of colors’, and is one event your children won’t want to miss.

With its fascinating history and world-class attractions, days out in Bristol can be memorable and exciting experiences for visitors young and old, and the ideal place to spend a bank holiday or weekend in the South West, with a family-friendly Bristol hotel putting you close to all the major attractions.