When you think of car rental, Bristol sightseeing may not be the first thing to spring to mind. However, Bristol is a fantastic city for tourists to experience through car hire, with its most-loved hidden gems scattered around the city. Here are some of our favourite places that are easy to visit in a rental car:

1. Cheddar Gorge

Take a drive to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, and embrace the natural scenery for a day. Walk the gorge, set your eyes on the breath-taking landscape, visit the caves, and follow its winding rivers. You can even learn how cheese is made! Talks and demonstrations are often held at the gorge as it makes a fantastic geological case study. There is so much to do at Cheddar Gorge, we recommend checking out the website to help you plan your day.

2. Abbot’s Pool

As one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets, Abbot’s Pool is relatively tucked away and a bit of a trek to get to by foot if you’re staying in the city centre. Zip across the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and down the winding country roads that will lead you to this beautiful man-made pool, treasured by outdoorsy Bristolians as a wild swimming spot. Bring a book and a picnic as this is the perfect place to relax on a sunny day.

3. Blaise Castle

Like most well-built castles, Blaise Castle is situated on top of a hill and will require a long walk out of the city if you’re determined to reach this Bristol landmark by foot. Renting a car will get you to the site in no time, and is a great option if you’re only in Bristol for a limited amount of time and want to pack lots of sites into your day. You’ll need to do quite a bit of walking once you get to the site in order to reach the famous folly castle, so saving your energy for when you get there might be a good option for those who aren’t looking for a day of strenuous exercise!

The estate boasts a 9th century mansion, 400 acres of parkland, and hosts the social history collection – so plenty to keep you entertained!

4. Bath

If you’re visiting Bristol it would be a shame to miss its beautiful and historic neighbour, Bath. Have a nosey around the shops (we recommend popping into one of Bath’s famous bookshops), saunter along the river, and take a walk up to its surrounding hills for an excellent view of the city. You can take the train to Bath, but it is quite expensive for such a short journey and may not be the most convenient option if you’re not staying near the station.

5. Westonbirt Arboretum

Home to 2,500 trees, nearby Westonbirt Arboretum should be on the Bristol bucket list of any nature lover. The tree’s fantastic colours are a sight to be seen during autumn months, but the woodland is equally as mesmerising all year round. They often host family-friendly events and wellbeing activities at Westonbirt, so have a look at their calendar to see if anything fun overlaps with your visit! You also need to pre-book a ticket in order to visit the Arboretum, so make sure you’re prepared for your trip!

Whatever your budget, car hire doesn’t have to break the bank. Bristol Car & Van Hire provides competitive car rental prices, giving you cheap car, mini bus, and people carrier hire in Bristol to help you on your South West adventures.