Cultural Attractions in Bristol

Stroll through streets covered in art, admire centuries old artefacts or explore Bristol's music scene with our guide to cultural attractions in Bristol.

Bristol is a city rich in cultural heritage and culture in Bristol encompasses everything from art and history to music, sport, theatre, and of course, our people.


Bristol is lucky to have so many highly-renowned and cutting-edge art galleries which regularly showcase both classic, well-known and emerging artists' work. Within a short walk or cycle you can see contemporary art, historic art and an ever-changing and lively programme of exhibitions.

The Royal West of England Academy in Clifton houses over 1200 works of art from 19th century to the present as well as rotating exhibitions. Spike Island is home to a gallery which is free to visit. Arnolfini is a contemporary art based on Bristol’s Harbourside. The Martin Parr Foundation is home to a regular programme of photography related exhibitions and events, as is the nearby Royal Photographic Society. Find out more about our galleries.

We are also the home of infamous street artist Banksy and as a result of this connection, the city has become a hotbed for new and emerging street artists to paint the town in many colours. Find out more about street art, street art tours and festivals here.


Bristol's history goes back thousands of years and no matter which period of time you are interested in there is something to be discovered here in the city and surrounding areas. Find out about how Bristol developed as a place at M Shed, discover more about Bristol at the working exhibits at M Shed cranes, learn about Bristol’s slave trading past at The Georgian House Museum and experience more than 400 years at The Red Lodge Museum.

At the Blaise Castle House Museum and Estate you can find out how people lived through time on the beautiful Blaise Estate. Find out more about our historic attractions here.

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