A beautiful day out in Bristol doesn’t need to cost big bucks – there are lots of affordable activities and plenty that don’t cost a penny.

To give you some ideas, we asked our helpful Twitter followers: What are your favourite free things to do in Bristol?

Image - Deer at Ashton Court Estate. Credit - Chris Bahn.

A stroll across Clifton Suspension Bridge was of course a popular choice, as well as the views from Cabot Tower. We do like a good view in Bristol.

And everybody LOVES the Harbourside

All the free festivals are firm favourites too, especially Bristol Harbour Festival, Upfest and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

When the sun’s out, Bristolians enjoy chilling out in the deckchairs on Millenium Square, watching whatever’s playing on At-Bristol Science Centre's Big Screen

Or kicking back with a beer on the cobbles outside Arnolfini art gallery.

Even though we live in a city, we still like to get active outdoors and enjoy all the nature right on our doorstep…

And even a rainy day is not enough to deter our followers from enjoying the city. People make a beeline for our great free museums including Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Georgian House and John Wesley’s Chapel ‘The New Room’.

Maybe with just a quick spot of shopping in between each…


Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill Bristol

Cabot Tower is a century-old 105ft tower, set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End.

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.

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol - CREDIT GARY NEWMAN

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate
Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate Bristol

Unique mansion that houses some stunning period costumes and everyday Victorian objects, including model trains, dolls and toys

Castle Park and St Peter's Church
Castle Park Bristol - St Peter's Church

A picturesque park offering a quiet place to sit or stroll, right alongside the tranquil waters of the city harbour

Arts Centre
Arnolfini at Bristol Harbourside

Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s Harbourside. The organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, film, music and events.

Ashton Court Estate
Ashton Court Estate Bristol

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills
Parkland/Woodland Garden
Walking along the river Frome - Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills Bristol

Enjoy a great family day out with woodland and riverside walks, an arboretum and large children's playground.

Queen Square
Municipal Park
Queen Square - Copyright Destination Bristol

A magnificent Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.

Bristol to Bath Cycle Path
Cycle Route
Bristol to Bath Cycle Path

A lovely, flat 13 mile off-road route between the cities of Bristol and Bath perfect for walkers and cyclists.

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

The Georgian House Museum
Historic House/Palace
The Georgian House Museum exterior

One of the most complete 18th century town houses surviving in the UK, offering a glimpse of life hunderds of years ago.

Bristol Shopping Quarter
Bristol Shopping Quarter

Home to hundreds of shops, from high street favourites to independent boutiques, plus great restaurants, cinemas and bars.