At-Bristol Science Centre rebranded to We The Curious on 14 September 2017. We haven’t been back since the rebrand. We The Curious in a press release noted the following changes to the venue: “our foyer, café & shop … revamped and opened out to create a welcoming public space” and “a brand new feature exhibit on the ground floor – just the start of our new story on the exhibition floor.” We haven’t been back since the rebrand, but we’re certainly curious!
The Ergohacks Verdict
At-Bristol Science Centre is one of the Southwest England’s top visitor’s attractions and houses the UK’s only 3D Planetarium. It has a diverse collection of interactive exhibits, shows, workshops, talks and regular theme days throughout the year. It’s a place where both adults and children are encouraged to get involved – building, making, creating, experimenting, exploring and discovering. We spent a day exploring At-Bristol and despite a packed day, nobody wanted to leave at closing time.
We spent 7 hours playing with robots and parachutes, milling flour, observing dissection of a horse’s eye, making a VR recording, building a house with huge Lego-style bricks, learning about laser printing and animation. We learned about biology, evolution, astronomy, and harnessed the power of water. Downstairs was interesting, but upstairs with the animation and building exhibits, swarm robots, giant bubble blowing, VR technology and Tinker space complete with the laser cutter is where our 6-year old wanted to be. Committing to come again and spend the whole day there was the only way to get her to leave at closing time.
It’s a fantastic space that breathes life into science by showing clearly that science underpins all aspects of life and is a journey of discovery filled with many wonderful surprises. We loved the many opportunities to join in. At-Bristol isn’t a place where parents take children to learn, it’s a space where families play together and along the way learn a few new things about how the world, nature, our bodies work and the universe work. Highly recommended.
Retailer: We The Curious +
Price: Adult – £15.30, Child (aged 3-15) – £9.90, Under 2s – Free
Extras: Planetarium show – £3.50 per person (highly recommended) – The planetarium can only be accessed from within and entry tickets or a valid membership are required as well as planetarium tickets.
Situated in the heart of Bristol with exhibits and interactive spaces spread over two floors, it’s a family-friendly, accessible venue and with hands-on exhibits. It’s a great place to visit for all ages.
Travel season: Open year round
Location: Anchor road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB. Using Sat Nav? Please use Sat Nav postcode BS1 5LL
Secure online booking: Yes
Opening: 10 am
Closing: 5 pm (weekdays term-time) otherwise 6 pm.
Public transport access: Excellent
Accessibility: Accessible venue, guide and assistance dogs allowed.
Eating: Dedicated picnic area with water fountain and vending machines as well as on-site Cafè.
Recommended nearby attractions: M Shed, Arnolfini, SS Great Britain, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
At-Bristol is a charity with the vision to ‘make science accessible to all and to encourage a sense of adventure.’ It is governed by our Board of Trustees and supported by an Advisory Council. At-Bristol receives no direct central government funding and relies on ongoing support from visitors, members, a board of trustees, grantmakers, corporate partners and volunteers.
This review is based on a full day spent at At-Bristol in October 2016. This article was first published on 8 December 2016 and last updated on 21 October 2017.