At-Bristol

Meet a science expert, carry out a DNA extraction and make a TV show; the hands-on activities at this science center will keep children entertained for hours.

Spend a fun day out with the kids at this hands-on science center. Together you can learn about animation, marvel at a real human brain, watch a show in the planetarium and perhaps meet an expert, such as an engineer or neuroscientist.

Some of the At-Bristol exhibitions are temporary but most are permanent. Our World – No More Waste teaches you how the world naturally recycles. Kids can present the weather, and trigger a miniature volcano. Build It! is a construction site for under-8s, while All About Us helps you learn about your own body. View your own veins, watch yourself in slow motion and study a real human brain.

One of At-Bristol’s most popular attractions is Animate It! This area invites children to make their own animated short films. The display is in collaboration with local company Aardman, the team behind Academy Award-winning animation Wallace and Gromit. Other popular attractions include a cloud chamber and giant soap bubbles.

At-Bristol is also home to the city’s only planetarium. Climb inside the huge mirror ball to watch a range of stellar shows. There are different screenings for various age groups; check ahead to see when those suitable for your children are playing. There’s a small additional fee for each planetarium screening.

Generally, At-Bristol is for parents of children aged up to early teens. However, the center does host special adult-only evenings, where visitors can enjoy a drink at the bar, explore At-Bristol, and get involved in special activities. Dates for these evenings are available on the website.

At-Bristol is open daily, except public holidays. It’s located on Anchor Road, close to Bristol Harbour. From the main train station, Bristol Temple Meads, it’s about five minutes by taxi, 10 minutes by bus, or a 20-minute walk. Use the train and get a two-four-one discount on admission to At-Bristol. Check the First Great Western website for more information. If you come by bike, there are racks outside At-Bristol.

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