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Here at Greyfield Farm Cottages you will find numerous attractions that provide a fun day out and are suitable for families (with or without children). Here are some ideas to help you have a really fun day out.

 

 

Cycle Hire

Bristol – 12 Miles from Greyfield Farm Cottages

In 2008 Bristol was made Englands first Cycling City, so why not explore it by bike

 

Black Boy Hill Cycles

180 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2XU

 

Bradford Upon Avon – 14 Miles from Greyfield Farm

Canoe & Cycle Hire – Towpath Trail @ TT Cycles

48 Frome Road, Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LE

tel 01225 867187

fax 01225 868018

E-mail: info@ttcycles.co.uk

 

Local Cycle Paths

The Colliers Way, Bath 2 Tunnels Circuit, Bristol & Bath Path

 

National Cycle Routes

410, 24, 3, 4

 

Boat Hire

Bath – 10 miles from Greyfield Farm Cottages

Boat/Barge on the Avon and Kennet Canal

If you enjoy messing around in boats or fancy a cycle ride the Bath & Dundas Canal Co in Bath can hire you both.

 

Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Combe, Bath, Somerset, BA2 7JD

Tel: 01225 722292

E-mail: enquiries@bathcanal.com

 

Bath Narrowboats Cycle Hire

Sydney Wharf, Bathwick Hill Bath BA2 4EL 01225 447276

 

Wildlife & Scenery

Here at Greyfield Farm Cottages we are blessed with an abundance of wildlife and scenery on our doorstep, with Raptors Overhead – Falcons, Hawks, Buzzards and the ocasional Red Kite (at night you will hear the owls and may one if you are lucky)

 

With our local ancient woodland Greyfield Wood at the bottom of the hill. You will find rabbits, foxes, deer and badgers if your lucky.

 

Further afield you have the Mendip Hills (2 miles), the Cotswold Hills (7 miles) and the Somerset Levels (9 Miles) all of which are worth a visit.

 

A little further away there is the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Exmoore, The Blackdown Hills, The Quantocks, Brean Down and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge.

 

And if you fancy a little Boat Trip there are the Islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm which can be reached from Weston-Super-Mare.

 

 

Historical Sites

We have our own local Neolithic Stone Circle at Stanton Drew which is the 3rd largest in the country but we would also recommend Avebury, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow and if you are travelling along the A303 go and have a look at Stonehenge (but don’t go too far out of your way to get there).

 

If the Roman period is of interest theRoman Baths in Bath are a must, there is a lovely villa at Chedworth and Cirencester(Roman Corinium) is worth a visit.

Wells has the most fantastic medieval street (Vicars Close), there is a wonderful Tythe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon, the village of Lacock is lovely, plus there are nice medieval buildings in Glastonbury, and Frome.

During your travels if you fancy a drink or bite to eat in Medieval Style The George Inn in Norton St Phillip and the George and Pilgrim in Glastonbury are both worth a visit.

 

 

Country Shows

Our first show of the year is usually the North Somerset Show in early May.

 

Then the biggest event in our rural calander is The Royal Bath and West Show which is held in the last week in May at the Shepton Mallet Showground.

 

There’s more happening than you think at the country’s biggest rural festival and there really is something for everyone, from food lovers to families and farmers.

 

Smaller than the Royal Bath and West Show the Frome Agricultural and Cheese Show is held in Early September at the West Woodland Showground between Frome and Maiden Bradley.

 

Smaller than the Bath and West with over cheese entrys from around the world the Frome show has been entertaining people for over 150 years.

 

It is a great day out with something for everyone, great food (especially cheese), rural crafts and animals. It’s your chance to experience a traditional country show.

 

 

Mendip Caves

The Mendip Hills conceal the largest underground river system in Britain. Its particular geology cause large areas of limestone to be worn away by the water producing some wonderful caves.

Whilst most of the caves are only accessable to cavers. A few of the cave systems are quite spectacular and open to the general public.

Cheddar (renowned for its cheese)has a fantastic gorge and a couple of cave systems. The extensive Gough’s Cave and the smaller Cox’s Cave are both named after their respective discoverers.

On the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells where the River Axe flows through the caves you will find the Wookey Hole Caves.

 

Avon Valley Park

8.5 miles from Greyfield Farm Cottages you will find the Avon Valley Country Park (Saltford), It is a great place to take the younger guest.

 

It has an undercover soft play area (7000 sq ft), assault course, adventure playground with aerial runays, slides and chainwalkways and also one of the largest drop slides in the South West.

 

Theres also a pets corner with an assortment of animals from Guinea-Pigs and Rabbits to Goats and Chickens and a Pony.

 

There are mini-steam train rides, boat rides and land train rides around the country park. You can go for a walk along the nature trail, go for a row on the boating lake or watch a falconry displays (weekends and school holidays).

 

 

Stately Homes

If Stately Homes are more your thing, you can visit:

Stourhead – A lovely Palladian House with fantastic arcadian gardens.

 

Longleat House – A lovely example of Elizabethan architecture and the Capability Brown landscaped grounds.

 

Dyrham Park – Near J18 on the M4 (Bath Turn Off) visit this ancient Deer park with 17th centuary house and garden.

 

Monticute House – Is a is a late Elizabethan mansion with garden in Montacute, South Somerset.

The Red Lodge – Experience more than 400 years of history in this museum. From ‘royal party house’ of the 16th Century to Victorian reform school for girls, see how the lodge has changed over time..

 

 

Noah’s Ark

Noah’s Ark Zoo-Farm nr Wraxall

 

16 miles from Greyfield Farm Cottages Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a Zoo and real, working farm set in 100 acres of stunning Somerset countryside. A good place to visit with the family or with friends.

 

Enjoy everything from rhinos to rabbits, gibbons to guinea pigs. Let the kids run wild over 10 exciting indoor and outdoor play areas, experience the free animal shows and displays and then relax in our well-stocked on site Cafe.

 

Winner of awards at local and regional level, go and visit one of the South Wests top Visitor Attractions.”

 

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Butterfly House

North Somerset Butterfly House

 

18 miles from Greyfield Farm Cottages on the way to Clevedon (where you will find the only intact grade 1 listed pier in the country) and just after the Cadbury Garden Center (Tucked away behind Mendip Conservatories) you will find a real hidden Gem a must if you like Butterflies.

The North Somerset Butterfly House. Under new management as of March 2013 (previously known as Butterflies and More) in both incarnations.

It has had great reviews on Tripadvisor, it is now being run by Pete “The Bug Man” Dawson who has appeared on various BBC Natural History Programs, if you are lucky you can also see him there.

 

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Up near the downs in Clifton, Bristol Zoo Gardens first Opened to the public on Monday 11th July 1836 making it the fifth oldest zoo in the world.

Over time the focus of Zoos have changed from exhibition to conservation and education.

Bristols visitors help fund various projects andhave helped to save over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild.

Their conservation and research projects range across the world, from the Phillipines, South Africa and back to our very own door step, the River Avon.

Why not also visit their sister organisation near J17 of the M5. It is the Wild Place Project and it focusses on endangered habitats.


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Longleat

Completed by Sir John Thynne in 1580. And today, his descendants are still lucky enough to call it their home Longleat House is a stunning example of High Elizabethan architecture and the Capability Brown grounds surrounding it

The Safari park was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa.

Animals have always been part of the Longleat experiance. Millions of people tuned in to enjoy the BBC Animal Park program hosted by Kate Humble and Ben Fogal, but the animals were always the real stars.

 

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