There’s always plenty to explore and enjoy in Bristol, whether this is your first visit or your 101st, which is what makes it one of the gems of the West Country. If you’re looking for some entertaining and low-cost (or even free) things to do on your next trip there, then look no further.
The St Nicholas Indoor Market
Open six days a week, this is the centre for independent retailers in Bristol, featuring clothes, homeware, jewellery, Bristol-inspired gifts, and everything in between.
Blaise Castle and Museum
This museum is a trip back to the 18th Century, where you can learn about the Victorian Era, whilst immersed in objects from the time. It’s not just history buffs that will enjoy visiting the Blaise Estate though; the period features will attract anyone who enjoys gothic architecture, while nature lovers will love getting lost in the grounds.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
It’s one of the most iconic Bristol landmarks and a feat of Victorian architecture, so it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s free to cross on bike or foot, but there is a £1 charge for cars and motorbikes.
While we’re on the subject of cars, it might be worth looking into car hire at Bristol airport in order to get around. Public transport is fairly good here, but it can get expensive and the routes are sometimes a little complex.
Bristol has strong ties to the world of street art – famed artist Banksy was born in the city – so it only makes sense that they would have an annual street art festival.
During Upfest, at the end of July, local artists are urged to use various shop fronts and buildings in the south of the city as their canvas (with permission from the owners, of course). However, you can stop by at any time of year to see their creations.
The Grand Appeal – Wallace & Gromit Trail
If you’re a fan of the classic British TV show, then you need to complete this trail. Every summer since 2013, the Grand Appeal charity has created a walking tour featuring large sculptures of Wallace, Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep, all decorated in different styles.
Why use Wallace & Gromit sculptures? Because the movies and TV shows were filmed in the city.
The Clifton Downs is a popular picnic spot because it offers superb views across the entire city, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge. It’s also one of the largest green spaces in Bristol.
If you’re looking for a relaxing walk along the river, then the Harbourside is the place for you. There is even a row of rainbow-coloured houses overlooking the harbour that can ward off any overcast skies.
This is an interesting mixture of an exhibition space, a conference venue, and a flexible workspace, run by Bristol City Council. It’s billed as an environmental centre and features many events focused on green living and sustainability, from art exhibitions to lectures. Plus, it’s got a purpose-built Ecohome.
That’s it for our list of great things to do in Bristol. It’s far from complete, but its definitely a starting point. Once you start exploring for yourself, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do.