5 free things to do in Bristol

The Matthew

Recovering from the festive finances? Check out this selection of the many free things to do in Bristol

1. Hop aboard The Matthew ship

Winter opening hours
Saturday & Sunday, 10am–4pm

Take a look at the historic ship The Matthew – famed for putting North America on the map! Then why not take a stroll around the historic harbour, calling in at the M-Shed on your way around…

Main image: https://matthew.co.uk

2. Visit the M-Shed

M Shed


See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of Bristol through the interactive displays. From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world.

Image: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/

3. Take a walk in Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods


Set on the outskirts of Bristol, Leigh Woods offers you ‘A wilderness of tranquillity set against Brunel’s famous suspension bridge’. Here you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Dogs welcome but must be kept under control due to grazing animals.

Image: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods

4. Visit a City Farm

Windmill Hill City Farm

0117 963 3252

Why not visit one of the city’s farms? The Windmill Hill City Farm is just a 20-minute walk from the city centre and enjoys 4.5-acres of green space.

As well as a range of farm animals to see, there is a café and farm shop, a children’s nursery, community and kitchen gardens, picnic and play areas, and much more!

Or try the farm at St Werburghs: www.swcityfarm.co.uk

Image: https://www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

5. Enjoy an art exhibition at the Arnolfini



The Arnolfini, Bristol’s International Centre for Contemporary Arts, is located in the centre of Bristol on Narrow Quay, between the harbourside and Prince Street. Here you can enjoy a variety of contemporary arts from film and exhibitions to dance and workshops.

Image: Hannah Atkinson
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