Bristol on a Budget: 7 Things to Do That Won’t Break the Bank

Bristol is a buzzing city with a great deal to offer both locals and visitors alike but with so much to do, how do you decide on the best ways to spend your time in the city? If you’re planning your trip and you’re keen to maximise your budget as much as possible, here are some of the city’s best attractions and activities that won’t break the bank.

See the Iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge

A trip to Bristol simply isn’t complete without visiting one of its most iconic features. Clifton Suspension Bridge is renowned the world over and was designed in 1831 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Unfortunately, Brunel didn’t live long enough to see his design complete, however, it is certain to continue impressing visitors for centuries to come. Plus, if you visit on a weekend or a bank holiday, you’ll have the chance to join a free tour from a knowledgeable guide who will have plenty of notable facts and stories about the bridge’s construction.

Visit the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

With an impressive collection of art, natural history, Egyptology and archaeology, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is guaranteed to delight every art and history lover. Entry is free and in addition to its permanent collection, the museum and art gallery also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Art lovers will also enjoy Spike Island and M Shed, both of which are creative spaces showcasing contemporary visual arts, and history buffs will acquire plenty of new knowledge at the Georgian House Museum, the New Room Museum, and the Red Lodge Museum.

Spot Street Art in Stokes Croft

While in terms of street art Bristol may be most famous for being the home of Banksy, he certainly isn’t the only street artist who has adorned buildings within the city with colour, design, and cultural commentary. The Stokes Croft area is one of the best parts of the city for street art and it also has a thriving bohemian spirit, an abundance of independent shops and cafes, and a buzzing nightlife.

And if you do want to admire a selection of original Banksy pieces, simply search for the Banksy Bristol Google Map which will set you up perfectly to embark on your very own self-guided walking tour. You’re also certain to find numerous hidden treasures along the way, so look out for cosy cafes, quirky shops and independent galleries that capture your attention.

Visit Millennium Square

This vast public square has plenty of seating and sunbathing spots to pause and enjoy a snack or a drink from one of the nearby cafes. The giant mirrorball is a popular attraction that looks great in pictures and the square’s fountains provide the perfect place to cool off on a warm sunny day. Big Screen Bristol can also be found in Millennium Square, which broadcasts everything from live sports events to Royal Opera House events.

Queen Square in the Old City area is another must-visit, as this beautiful Georgian Park is surrounded by dense rows of trees and charming cobbled streets.

Soak in City Views from Cabot Tower

Located in the West End of the city, Cabot Tower was constructed in 1897 and stands at 105 ft. The tower is completely free to climb and provides incredible panoramic views across the entire city. Its position within Brandon Park provides another layer of attraction, as it’s a designated nature reserve that is home to countless birds and other wildlife. Just note that there are 109 steps to the top, which are both small and narrow, however, the views are more than worth the effort needed for the climb.

Admire Bristol Cathedral

Sitting at the heart of the civic life and culture of the city, Bristol Cathedral is an exquisite example of a hall church with spectacular architecture. From its intricate stonework to its spectacular windows, it’s no wonder that poet Sir John Betjemen said that it has ‘one of the best cathedral interiors in England’.

Make Friends with Farmyard Animals

Bristol is home to Windmill City Farm and St Werburghs City Farm, both of which are free to enter and provide plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with chickens, pigs, goats and sheep. You can also pick up an array of treats from the on-site farm shops, including quirky gifts, fresh eggs, and homemade jams.

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