You don’t need to break the bank with these free things to do in Bristol

Lacking the cash after one too many nights out at Motion? Well fear not, there’s a mountain of free things to do in Bristol, 34 of them in fact!

1. Visit the M-Shed

2. See Alfred at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

3. Jump aboard ‘The Matthew’ ship

the matthew ship bristol
Via James Packwood

4. Play table tennis in one of the many free locations across Bristol

bambalan table tennis

5. Pop up to the Clifton Suspension Bridge (you can also slide down the infamous rock slide)

clifton suspension bridge drone
Credit @mrjamierhodes 

6. Walk about in Leigh Woods

Unfortunately the boats have now gone!

7. Sit and watch the Bristol balloon fiesta

balloon fiesta from afaR
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8. Drink lots of cider at Bristol Harbour Festival 

bristol harbour festival

9. See the deer at Ashton Court

ashton court deer

10. See the pigs at St Werburgh’s City Farm

11. Check out an exhibition at the Arnolfini


12. See all the street art around Bristol… it’s not just Banksy!

stokes croft street art

13. Marvel at loads of kites during the Bristol Kite Fest

14. See the inside the spectacular St Mary Redcliffe Church

inside st mary redcliffe church

15. Walk through the beautiful Arnos Vale Cemetery 

Arnos Vale Cemetery
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16. Take part in the annual naked bike ride

naked bike ride bristol

17. Check out some awesome Bristol art at the Fifth Wall

Clifton Suspension Bridge Art

18. Sit on the Durdham Downs

durdham downs

19. Cycle down the Bristol to Bath railway path

20. See lots of graffiti at Upfest

street art
Via Andrew Parsons

21. Pet some animals at Windmall Hill City Farm

windmall city farm

22. Pop up Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower Bristol at night
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23. Hang out in Eastville Park

eastville park bristol

24. Organise a flash mob in Bristol… like 1 of these 6

25. See the big shiny mirror ball in Millennium Square

millennium square

26. Visit the stunning Blaise Castle

Found at: Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, Bristol, BS10 7QS

27. Eat a sandwich in Castle Park

28. Admire the beautiful Bristol Cathedral 

29. Pop into John Wesley’s Chapel

john wesley chapel
Found at: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE

30. Watch the St. Pauls Carnival… whenever it’s on again!

31. Get all Downton Abbey at check out the Georgian House

Found at: The Georgian House Museum, 7 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RR

32. Check out old stuff about Bristol at the Bristol Record Office

Found at: Bristol Record Office ‘B’ Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN

33. Have a read at one of Bristol’s 28 libraries

34. Walk across Pero’s Bridge

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Sam Gillies

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