In 2015 Bordeaux has been elected Best European Destination and not without reason. There are indeed quite a few things to see and visit.
To avoid parking problems you may want to drive to Lormont and park there. That will cost you only € 4,50 for the whole day and includes a return ticket to the centre of Bordeaux with the tramway for you and all your passengers. So basicly you only have to drive 40 miles to have a great day out in the city.