70 Fantastic Free Things To Do In Bristol

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


We love top-notch drinks and extravagant days out as much as the next person, but if your bank account is feeling the pinch, Secret Bristol is here to lend a hand. We’ve put together an all-singing, all-dancing roundup of free things to do in Bristol, and it’s a lush list (if we do say so ourselves). So, give the debit card a break and dive into these activities in Bristol!

Free museums in Bristol

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Those looking for a cultural fix are in luck, as we’ve got lots of free museums in Bristol boasting ancient art, fascinating objects, and even a plane.

1. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

2. M Shed

3. The Georgian House Museum

4. The Red Lodge Museum

5. Blaise Castle House Museum

6. Bristol Archives

7. Glenside Hospital Museum

8. George Müller Museum

9. Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre

Free gigs in Bristol

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Hearing about free stuff is just music to my ears. From jazz gigs to classical concerts, music flows freely across Bristol.

10. Beard & Sabre

11. The Canteen

12. The Gallimaufry

13. Blue Lagoon

14. No1 Harbourside

15. The Old Duke

16. Golden Lion

17. The Cider Box

18. Coronation Tap

19. Bristol Beacon

20. The Eldon House

Free markets in Bristol

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They’re only free if you don’t buy anything, but there are always free samples to be had…

21. St Nicholas’ Market

22. Tobacco Factory

23. Harbourside Market

24. Whiteladies Road Market

25. Temple Quay Market

26. Finzels Reach Market

Free art galleries in Bristol

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‘There is no must in art because art is free.’ It certainly is with these free art exhibitions and galleries, perfect for an eyeful of thought-provoking paintings, sculptures, and installations.

27. Arnolfini

28. Spike Island

29. Centrespace

30. Royal West of England Academy

31. That Art Gallery

32. Castle Fine Art

33. Upfest Gallery

34. Clifton Fine Art Gallery

35. North Street Gallery

36. Portside Gallery

37. Hidden Gallery

Free attractions in Bristol

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Many of the big tourist draws charge for entry, but we’ve found some sneaky ways around that. You wanted free attractions in Bristol? You got ’em.

38. Underfall Yard

39. St Werburghs City Farm

40. Windmill Hill City Farm

41. Ping Bristol

Free walks to go on in Bristol

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From free walking tours of Bristol to self-guided ambles, we’re here for you. Stretch your legs, up your step count, and get a proper eyeful of everything the city and nearby countryside have to offer with these walks.

42. Bristol Free Walking Tours

43. Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills

44. Troopers Hill Nature Reserve

45. Bristol & Bath Railway Path

Free views over Bristol

It’s time to get high for free (behave). See stunning, panoramic views of Bristol from high-level platforms and buildings or by climbing really big hills.

46. Cabot Tower

47. Clifton Observatory

48. Leigh Woods

49. Dundry Hill

50. The White Lion Bar

51. Wills Memorial Building

52. Narroways Hill

53. Victoria Park Pub

Beautiful places to visit for free

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Behold, the beauty of Bristol!

54. Clifton Suspension Bridge

55. Ashton Court Estate

56. Bristol Cathedral

57. St Mary Redcliffe Church

58. Bristol Central Library

Free parks and gardens in Bristol

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Park yourself at one of these spots for a fabulously free afternoon.

59. Brandon Hill Park

60. The Downs

61. Castle Park

62. Greville Smyth Park

63. Arnos Vale Cemetery

64. University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

Best shops in Bristol to explore

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These places are perfect for a browse, but you’ll have to resist the temptation to keep that whole free thing going. From historic market buildings to cute independent shops, this city is a shopping paradise.

65. Gloucester Road & Stokes Croft

66. Clifton Arcade

67. Old Market

68. Cabot Circus

69. Wapping Wharf

70. Christmas Steps

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