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Cheap days out in Bristol and the South West

Clifton suspension bridge

Wonderful walks, lots of animals to visit and an area positively heaving with history – just some of the reasons why West is Best.

Exeter Library, Exeter, Devon

“My kids do the Reading Challenge every year and it's available at libraries across the country. They frequent the library a lot anyway, but they like the freebies, the puzzles and other sheets that they can get from the library and the certificate and medal at the end, too.” 2kidsintow

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, Devon

“Plymouth Aquarium is great. It's not cheap the first time, but if you go once you get in free for a year, so if you make use of that it ends up being an easy and cheap day out." carrotcakecupcake

Kids aquarium

House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey, Devon

“House of Marbles – absolutely love it and it's free!” CakeExpectations

Penrose, Porthleven, Cornwall

“Penrose in Porthleven is a good day out. You can park for free at the boating lake in Helston or at the other end in Porthleven. Lovely walk with a fab cafe and National Trust walled garden (which is free to use) in the middle. Great for cycling and scooting, too.” PastyMuncher

“Definitely the Penrose walk. It’s pushchair-friendly and totally free.” landoflostcontent

St Nectan's Glen, Tintagel, Cornwall

“Free parking on the main road and a lovely, long walk beside the stream, through the woods to the waterfalls. Not at all ideal for pushchairs but amazing for older children and adults. Cafe, small shop, lovely people and they will lend you a pair of wellies so you can see the waterfalls close up.”landoflostcontent

Child tintagel

Honeybrook Farm, Dorset

“Honeybrook Farm near Wimbourne has a huge outside play area, indoor soft play plus, of course, lots of animals. Take some carrots for the donkeys; they really appreciate them. You can hold the guinea pigs and rabbits and there are pony rides and a tractor ride around the whole site, too. Very cheap day out if you take a picnic but there is a cafe on site.” coffeeisnectar

M Shed, Bristol

“M Shed is a free museum about local history with a bus to climb on, dressing up stuff and lots of ‘ye olden’ things. Walk down towards SS Great Britain and get the little harbour ferry across to the other side." Bakingtins

“M Shed is a great day's entertainment and the only cost was the parking.” superbagpuss

Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire

“We love Old Wardour castle. Take a picnic if the weather's nice. Fabulous old ruined castle you can crawl all over.” Finbar

Wardour Castle

More top tips

“I tend to buy annual passes, so after the initial cost there is no more to pay, and just take a packed lunch to keep costs down. We have local passes for Eden, Heligan and the Maritime Museum.” pickledparsnip

“We are members of English Heritage and the National Trust. We regularly go up to Pendennis Castle as we live locally. The jousting events in the Summer are great fun!”pickledparsnip