When it comes to days out, it can be easy to overspend, but you don’t need to break the bank to get out of the house when there are plenty of free or affordable places you can visit in Bristol and the surrounding areas!
You might be interested in visiting one of your local farms, libraries or museums, all of which offer fun activities for all ages. Check out the map below for their locations.
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There are five museums across Bristol, each focusing on a different area of history. All are free to enter, child-friendly and appropriate for all weathers.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
The Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is located at the top of Park Street and is home to exhibitions on Ancient Egypt, dinosaurs, Geology and minerals, South West wildlife and wildlife from around the globe. The entire top floor is home to several art galleries, featuring paintings, sculptures, glass and pottery.
Blaise Castle House Museum
This museum is set inside a traditional mansion house, packed full of exhibits on life through history. These include paintings, clothes, toys, historical cleaning and cooking devices, and a Victorian schoolroom.
Mshed explores Bristol through the ages, with many interactive and working exhibits, such as the electric and steam cranes, as well as galleries showing how people in Bristol lived, worked and traded.
The Red Lodge Museum
The Red Lodge Museum is set inside a building from the 16th century that began as a retreat for a wealthy merchant, then was later transformed in the first Victorian girl’s reform school. There are paintings, elaborate oaken rooms and a garden to explore.
The Georgian House Museum
The Georgian House Museum shows what living in Bristol might have looked like in the late 18th century, with the divide between life above stairs and below stairs. There are a kitchen, laundry and housekeeper room, as well as a dining room, drawing room and study all packed with historical objects.
If you’re interested in doing something more active, there are many green areas of Bristol where you can go for a walk. You could take a picnic with you, as well as a ball or frisbee, and spend the day exploring somewhere new.
Choose from a number of walking routes across Bristol. You can follow routes like Walk 2 for the Sculpture Trail or Walk 6 for South Bristol Parks.
Why not use a free sports tracking app to log your walks? These apps are free and help if you have a health goal in mind. Download the free app to your phone and take it from there.
If you’re interested in street art, then the Banksy walk across Bristol is perfect for you. This is a self-guided tour of the city, with a variety of routes you can follow.
For more ideas on where to go for a day out, see our Summer Holidays page!
If you’re more interested in organised sporting groups, here’s a list of the ones that are free or affordable in the Bristol area.
Tennis For Free (TFF) is a community sports charity which works with local councils, tennis clubs and coaches to provide free weekly tennis sessions in local parks throughout the UK.
TFF also work with councils to provide free ‘walk on and play’ court access on as many parks as possible. They offer free access park courts as well as free weekly coach-led family oriented tennis sessions and will give training to volunteers who are interested in becoming tennis leaders, assistants and coaches.
This year, the Keynsham Memorial Park tennis courts will be available to book for free during weekdays from 10am-3:45pm, or for a refundable £10 deposit during other days.
The Ping Pong Parlour describe themselves as “a parlour of delights, a friendly social club and an amateur sports club all rolled into one.” and offer 6 table tennis tables every Tuesday evening for a £5 entry fee. They also give training and hold tournaments, as well as playing casual games.
Ping is a free street table tennis festival which takes place nationwide every summer, with table tennis tables appearing all around the chosen cities, including Bristol.
Bats and balls are left at the sides of the tables and anyone can play for free!
BAWA Squash provides indoor squash courts to rent. They will also provide rackets to hire for a £1 fee and £5 refundable deposit. The longest session you can book is one hour, made of two half hour sessions.
Bristol Lawn Tennis and Squash Club offer six squash courts in Redland Green which you can book for 45 minutes for a deposit of £5. This will be refunded if you go to reception within one hour of your booked time.
No Strings Badminton holds over 1,000 affordable badminton drop-in sessions across England every week. Just type your post code or the name of your city into the search bar to find the next drop-in session near you.
Radminton Badminton Club
Radminton plays every Thursday evening and welcomes everyone from beginners to advanced players. It’s a club for social players, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Social Badminton Club is an informal badminton club at the Greenway Centre & Café in Southmead, running for an hour and a half every Monday.
Avon Badminton Association has a list of all the different badminton clubs in the Avon area. If you click on the links, you’ll be able to find prices and locations.
Football & Rugby
The Bristol City Council website includes a list of football clubs in Bristol. These vary in price, with some costing only £5 per game, so it’s a good idea to compare a few within your area.
The Old Colstonians RFC are a small, friendly rugby club that charge £20 a month to register as a sub.
Bristol Online has a list including all the rugby football clubs in Bristol, with links to their websites. Check out the ones in your area to find out which have the best deals for you!