Bristol is filled with free activities to keep you entertained all year-round. If your a wordly traveller, then you may find that Bristol is a city with a little bit of Boston, a little bit of San Fransisco, very multi-cultural and yet, purely British. With its vibrant student population, friendly atmosphere, you will be spoilt for choice of events to attend. In fact, here are our favourite things to do in Bristol for free!
1)The Bristol City Art Gallery- With exhibits year round as well as a collection of stunning pieces, enjoy artists like Courbet, Gainsborough, and even in the past, Banksy.
2)The Clifton Suspension Bridge has been the utmost symbol of Bristol since 1864. Designed by Brunel, the views will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Walk across this bridge and marvel at this architectural craftsmanship.
3)Bristol Kings Weston Roman Villa- Bristol’s Roman villa from the late 3rd or early 4th century will have you marveling at early designs of central heating, and its beautiful mosaic flooring and plunge pool visible.
4)The John Wesley Chapel– Walk in the footsteps where the great revolutionary and anti-slavery preacher of the poor, John Wesley once preached, Restored to look like it did in the 18th century, here you can ponder this beautiful and spiritual home of Methodists from all over the world.
5)The Red lodge- With 400 years of history, you will be amazed at the beauty of this restored home where Queen Elizabeth I used to dwell. On a sunny day, take a picnic and enjoy the Elizabethan knot garden. This is one of Bristol’s hidden gems!
6)South Bristol circular walk- Feel like getting some fresh air? This walk is doable in parts, or if you would like to walk the entire thing it is 23 miles. Designed by members of the Bristol Group of the Ramblers Association, this walk will leave you refreshed and inspired by the beautiful Bristol countryside.
7)Window shopping in Clifton- you don’t have to spend a penny to enjoy the atmosphere of this snazzy suburb west of Bristol. As it has always been an affluent area built by the tobacco and slave merchants, today it hosts many quaint cafes and bustling markets. Walk in the leafy squares, and admire the beautiful historic homes.
8)Enjoying the fine view of Cheddar Gorge- With over half a million visitors a year, you can see why this panoramic view will have you gasping at this natural wonder. Lying on the southern edge of Mendip hills, its a perfect day trip from Bristol. You can even extend your visit to Cheddar, the famous town with the right to their own famous cheese.
9)Bristol Blue Glass Factory- Go see a traditional English craft with glassblowing. A maker of beautiful glass collectibles, this is sure to leave you inspired to try your own hand at this technique someday!(Free entry for all after 4pm.)
10)Arnolfini Galleries- Are you an art lover yourself or are you single and looking for your own art lover? With a groovy cafe bar, a harbor view and one of the country’s best art bookshops, you will love chillin at this centre for contemporary art. Meet like-minded folks at the regular lectures and workshops that these galleries offer.