Bristol Central Children’s Library: a pirate ship, crafts & books galore!

Saturday afternoon was one of the best. We celebrated my son’s birthday by having a meal and a lovely walk and wander around the centre of Bristol.

We popped into Bristol Cathedral (honestly a great place for kids to explore!) and then decided to visit Bristol Central Library, too.

The Children’s Library at Bristol Central Library is wonderful. It is bright and light with big windows and colourful and comfortable.

It has a huge selection of books for children of all ages, not to mention comics, puzzles, talking books and puzzles too.

It also has a craft table with materials to cut and stick!

But Central Library also boasts a pirate ship, aptly named The Book Trove, for it holds within its rafters lots of books for children to read as they sail!

My daughter enjoyed chilling out with a few books and a sit-down.

Central Library offers books for babies, toddlers and children and for older readers and teens there is a big Young Adults section of books to get stuck into.

The library also houses a massive collection of Barrington Stoke books for children with dyslexia, plus books with large print and braille too.

If you have a 0-4 year old there are fun and free weekly activities for them to enjoy at Central Library:

Baby Bounce & Rhyme:

  • Mondays and Fridays, 2-2.30pm
  • Tuesdays, 10-10.30am
  • Saturdays, 11.30am-12pm

Pre-school Children’s Story Time:

  • Tuesdays, 11.30am-12pm

Both Baby Bounce & Rhyme and pre-school children’s Story Time sessions are free, drop-in activities.The library also often runs special one-of events in holidays and in term-time too, though these need to be pre-booked.

You can find Bristol Central Library on Deanery Road, City Centre, BS1 5TL. To contact the library phone 0117 903 7250.

Bristol Central Library opening times:

  • Monday: 10am-7pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10am-7pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-5pm
  • Sunday: 1-5pm

We really enjoyed our visit to Central Library and will be heading back there in the next couple of weeks!