Top free things to do in Bristol

  1. Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Every year Bristol hosts Europe's largest hot air balloon event for four days of free, family-friendly fun. More than 150 hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes take to the skies with beautiful Bristol as their backdrop, and illuminate the skies with an evening ‘nightglow' on selected days.


  1. Ashton Court Estate

Explore this gorgeous country park and mansion, where a manor house has stood since the 11th century, then lose yourself in its 850 acres of woodland! It’s a lovely place for a stroll and a peek into the history of the region.


  1. St Mary Redcliffe Church

Marvel at the gothic architecture of this magnificent country church, sited on Bristol’s red cliffs over the floating harbour. It’s one of the finest of its kind in England, and inside you’ll find a great selection of carved boxes, 18th century ironwork and stained glass, not to mention a world famous organ.


  1. Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

Get a birds-eye view over the stunning parkland of Brandon Hill from the top of Cabot Tower. It’s free to make the 105ft climb, but make sure you’re ready to climb plenty of stairs.


  1. The Red Lodge Museum

Explore this historic Elizabethan house where Queen Elizabeth I herself once stayed, and image life in another time. Spend some time in the walled garden and the majestic Great Oak Room too.


  1. Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills

For some outdoors fun, explore the woodland, riverside paths and play areas of Oldbury Court, a historic medieval estate just outside Bristol.

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