Now that the school holidays are half over many families could be running low on ideas, and funds, to stay entertained. But, Bristol is leading the way in budget-beating things to do for the rest of the summer.

The FREE fun in Bristol includes;

Clifton Suspension Bridge tours: Take a free guided tour of Bristol’s iconic bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1864 after his death. It starts at 3pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of October. Meet in the toll booth at the Clifton side of the bridge

Gromit Unleashed: 80 giant Gromit sculptures are on the loose in and around the city. Each one has been individually designed by an artist or high-profile person like Joanna Lumley, Sir Paul Smith and Harry Hill.  Pick up a trail map or download the Detect-o-Gromit app (app costs 69p, 40p of which will benefit Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal) to navigate around the city and find them all.  Alternatively, sit in Millennium Square where At-Bristol science centre and Big Screen Bristol are screening a trio of Wallace and Gromit films every day at 1pm until 31 August, free of charge.

Pharaoh: Reborn at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery: View an incredible series of watercolours by Alessandro Ricci copied from wall paintings made over 3,000 years ago in the Egyptian tomb of Pharaoh Sety I. This free exhibition runs until Sunday 29 September.

Bristol International Festival of Kites and Air Creations: Watch aerial combat between Japanese fighting kites, synchronised team flying routines, the World’s largest kite, special animal shaped kites all the way from New Zealand and much more, all free of charge at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol from Saturday 31 August to Sunday 1 September, 11am to 5pm

M Shed: This fabulous and free dockside museum showcases the history of Bristol and what life is like in the city today including the things that make Bristol special, from the people and communities to dialect, food and street parties. 

City guides: Bristol’s official city guide app is now available to download for free on iphone and Android. It’s the easiest way to discover Bristol’s amazing attractions, remarkable heritage, stunning architecture, mouth-watering places to eat and drink and buzzing shopping scene whilst on the move.

A great money-saving tip for stopping over in one of Bristol’s hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses is to book a stay on a Sunday night, as this is the best value night in and around the city. There are often great, affordable rates to be found on Friday nights too meaning a weekend break in Bristol needn’t break the bank.

Kelly Ballard, Destination Bristol’s Head of Marketing, said: “Costs can mount up during the summer break, even for the holidaymakers that are staying in Britain.  Where people choose to go for a UK break can make a big difference to the amount they spend.

“Bristol is family-friendly in more ways than one; not only do we have a great range of award-winning attractions and events that appeal to all ages, but many of them are free or low-cost, making it a perfect city to come to, particularly at this stage in the summer holidays when holiday funds can be running low. Last weekend was a great example, with more than half a million people enjoying Bristol’s free, four-day International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court Estate.”

For more information about visiting Bristol, what to do and where to stay go to


Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Clifton Suspension Bridge

See displays and artefacts explaining the history, construction and maintenance of the world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge

M Shed
M Shed Museum Bristol

M Shed is an exciting and innovative flagship museum for Bristol with gallery space and a packed events schedule.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery exterior

Museum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in a magnificent building