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5 of the best days out in Bristol that won't cost a penny

They say the best things in life are free and there’s plenty of fun things to do in and around Bristol that won’t cost you a thing.

If it’s where you call home or if you’re planning a visit, we’ve rounded up some of the best free activities for a brilliant day out on a budget in the South West’s biggest city.

Top 5 free days out in Bristol

Bristol Museum

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

A billion-year journey around the world? Not bad for a free day out!

The museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day and will certainly keep you busy as you walk with dinosaurs, travel through the land of the pharaohs and discover the age of aviation and beyond.

The museum also hosts touring collections of artwork and artefacts throughout the year so, even if you can’t fit the whole history of the world into one day, there’s always an excuse to go back!

Bristol Banksy

Banksy Walking Tour

When you think of famous faces from Bristol, chances are you think of Banksy…even if nobody knows what he looks like.

The anonymous artist calls the city home and it’s where some of his first and most famous artworks have appeared.

Grab a map and your walking shoes make sure you’re eagle-eyed as you embark on a walking tour to find some of his earliest and most well-loved works. They’re hidden in various locations around the city and sometimes in places you’d least expect!

The Downs

Situated on the border of Clifton Village, Clifton and Redland, The Downs is made up of acres of picturesque, protected parklands that offer an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

They’re a fantastic place to explore and enjoy a relaxing stroll but are also home to a number of exciting events throughout the year.

The highlight of The Downs’ calendar is The Downs Festival which has grown into one of the biggest music events in the South West.

Arnolfini

Arnolfini is Bristol’s harbourside home of contemporary art. It has an ever-changing programme of performances, films, music and exhibitions that celebrate culture from both Bristol and the wider world.

This modern, award-winning venue is also part of the Plus Tate network, a programme that allows some of the most exciting exhibitions, curated by the Tate museums, to visit other UK cities.

Entry to the centre and main galleries is free although there is a small ticket charge for some exhibits or performances.

Bristol Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge has been an iconic part of Bristol’s landscape since it’s completion in 1864. Crossing by foot is free and it’s certainly worth the walk; there are brilliant, panoramic views of the city to be enjoyed from either side.

Our favourite is from Observatory Hill, just after dusk, when the bridge’s illuminations are lit. There’s a visitor centre nearby where you can learn about the history of the bridge and free guided tours from run from the Clifton Toll Booth every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday from Easter to October.

There’s plenty of attractions in Bristol to keep you entertained without breaking the bank or even needing to visit a cash machine at all.

In fact, there’s so many, why not challenge yourself to see the city on a shoestring and combine a few on our list to create a big day out?