In town on a Sunday and stuck for entertainment? Well, just so happens we have a few ideas. From *free* dance classes to *free* gigs, there’s no excuse to be holed up in your hotel room watching The Antiques Roadshow…  

Take a tour

Get to the know the city on a guided walking tour - the Blackbeard to Banksy the Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour runs from Thursday to Sunday every week and walks you through over 1,000 years of Bristol history. You can also check Yuup to see the latest tours and experiences available for the dates you're visiting. Bristol Packet Boat Trips do daily City Docks Tours, as well as a Cream Tea Cruise around the harbour on Sunday afternoons from March to October.

Want to do things at your own pace? Self-guided tours and adventures such as the Banksy Bristol Trail appGo Quest Adventures and Treasure Hunt Bristol are a good way to fill an afternoon while exploring the city!

Walking tour
Image - Blackbeard to Banksy Walking Tour

Enjoy a relaxing Sunday soak

Been on your feet all day seeing our fine city? Then pamper yourself with a visit to Harbour Hotel’s subterranean spa in the Old City (even better, stay overnight), where you can book in for treatments until 6pm, or use the spa facilities until 8pm. Alternatively, you could opt for a Spa and Dine package at The Lido in Clifton, which includes a treatment, use of the spa and a two-course poolside meal. 

Open air pool
Image - The Lido

Practice your throw (or swing!)

Visit one of Bristol's activity bars for some Sunday fun, whether you go for axe throwing at Whistle Punks, crazy golf at Par 59 or social darts at Flight Club. You can also line up your shot on one of the pool or snooker tables at Allstars Sports Bar, or challenge some friends to a game of electro darts at Mulligans.

Bowling lanes
Image - Roxy Lanes

Go on a cocktail crawl

Pfft, staying in on a Sunday night? No thanks, not when there’s a city full of elegant bars and speakeasies to explore. Thrown on the glam vintage frock you bought on your Gloucester Road shopping spree and take a seat at the elegant Gold Bar (at Bristol Harbour Hotel) or the glamourous Rick's on the harbourside.

Make the most of 2-for-1 cocktail offers at Pizza on the Park and Pieminister.

Person shaking cocktails at cocktail bar

Image - Rick's 

Catch a movie

Whether you fancy a big blockbuster or an obscure indie flick, make Sunday night movie night. Pick from the creative programme at Cube Microplex in Stokes Croft or independent cinema Watershed, which is unsurprisingly – and conveniently – found on the waterfront.

People sitting in cinema

Image - Watershed

Take a sundown stroll

On a summer’s evening, there’s nothing nicer than going for a stroll as the sun sets on the city. Head to Ashton Court - via Clifton Suspension Bridge - to see the deer, spot wild cows in Leigh Woods or do a loop of the Harbourside. When you fancy a break, sit on the cobbles outside Arnolfini art gallery with a cold beer.

Clifton Suspension Bridge at sunset
Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge

Giggle the night away

Sunday is a fun day if you like a laugh. Check listings for The Wardrobe Theatre’s alternative comedy nights, The Comedy Box for touring stand-ups and The Hen and Chicken in Bedminster for up-and-coming talent. 

Live event inside venue
Image - The Wardrobe Theatre

Settle in for some live music

Bristol’s live music scene is legendary so you’re never far from a great gig. In Southville, Tobacco Factory Cafe Bar stages free jazz and folk sessions on Sunday evenings, while over in Stokes Croft, The Canteen have DJs joining them for their Sunday Sessions.

You can also watch free live jazz performances at the Old Duke on King Street and free gigs every evening at The Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road - catch some great local bands at The Golden Lion nearby too. Reggae Sundays at Cosies is another great way to see out your weekend. Finally, The Folk House on Park Street plays host to top notch folk acts in an intimate environment.

Image - The Old Duke. Credit - Carlos Blanco

Eat a delicious meal  

Sample Bristol’s famous food scene, from tasty roast dinners through to bottomless brunch.

Rick’s on the Harbourside host a relaxed brunch with live jazz music every week every Sunday, or you can grab a coffee and breakfast at Tobacco Factory in between browsing their Sunday market, which features local makers, producers and street food.

Tuck into a nice piece of rump at Steak of the Art, delicious tapas or a Spanish style roast at Bar 44, or some delicious burgers (with a whole menu dedicated to veggie and vegan options) at Three Brothers.

Discover some great value set menus and Sunday dining deals on our Special Offers page.

Image - A painted booth at Steak of the Art. Credit - Steak of the Art 

Get your game on

At the foot of the Christmas Steps you’ll find Chance & Counters – a board game café open till 11pm on a Sunday. Pick from over 600 games, from classics like Cluedo and Uno to more unusual inventions such as Battle Sheep and Sushi Go Party! For vintage video games, manoeuvre yourself to Kongs on King Street. Their current arcade games include Pac Man, Double Dragon and Donkey Kong, and there’s table foosball too.

Tip! Don’t forget to check our What’s On listings for upcoming theatre, comedy and one-off festivals and events.


Hyde & Co
Hyde and Co Phantom Light

This speakeasy-style bar, just by The Triangle has an eclectic, low-lit gentleman’s club vibe going on.

The Milk Thistle
The Milk Thistle Bristol interior

Housed over four floors in one of the finest historic buildings in the city, The Milk Thistle incorporates a cocktail bar, lounge & private function rooms.

Harbour Hotel Bristol
Bristol Harbour Hotel - Exterior

With 42 luxury bedrooms, some with spectacular views over St Nicholas Market and Bristol Crown Court, you will feel instantly relaxed as you settle into your surroundings.

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

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clifton Suspension Bridge credit Chris Hartley

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

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.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside

The Lido
The Lido Spa Bristol

Bristol’s most unique spa destination, featuring a pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, spa, restaurant bar and terrace

Steak of the Art
Steak of the Art exterior

Steak of the Art is an exciting art venue and steak restaurant that has opened in Bristol’s Harbourside serving West Country sourced steaks alongside an art gallery that showcases and sells quality affordable art.

The Folk House Cafe
The Folk House Cafe

They believe in helping to create a more sustainable, wholesome and joyful world, one bowl of soup at a time.

The Gallimaufry
Al Fresco
The Gallimaufry

The Gallimaufry is an independent restaurant, bar, live music venue and arts space in the heart of Gloucester Rd, Bristol.