Bristol on a budget: 10 things to do for £10 or less

Sticking to the budget on a family break in Bristol has never been so much fun. Here are our top 10 things to do for under £10 in the city.

Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour

£7 adult, £4 child

Bristol walking toursDive into the eerie corners of Bristol with the Haunted and Hidden Walking Tour, an award-winning adventure that brings to life the city’s chilling past in the most entertaining way possible. Celebrated for its blend of history, mystery, and humour, this tour has clinched the prestigious 2023 Trip Advisor ‘Travellers’ Choice’ award. Take a stroll through the darker, creepier streets of Bristol, uncovering its haunted cinemas, 16th Century haunted houses, and the tales of a ghostly monk that linger in the air.

With a host bursting with local insights, you’ll be treated to a mix of historical facts, TV and film trivia, and a generous sprinkle of humour to keep the chills at bay. For 18 years, this tour has captivated hearts and sparked curiosity, becoming Bristol’s most established tour. And with such fascinating features as the tale of Clifton’s ghostly Dwarf Highwayman and visits to famous TV and film locations, it’s no wonder people keep coming back for more.

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Laser Fusion

£7 pp (20 mins)

Laser Fusion BristolLaser Fusion Bristol offers an exhilarating escape from the everyday with its high-energy laser tag adventures that are perfect for friends, families, and team-building events. Nestled in the heart of Bristol, this vibrant venue promises an unforgettable experience, packed with cutting-edge laser technology and thrilling game scenarios that cater to all ages.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, looking for a unique outing, or just craving some fun, Laser Fusion Bristol is your go-to destination for action-packed entertainment. Don’t miss out on the fun—book your session today and get ready to unleash your competitive spirit in a friendly, dynamic environment. See you in the arena!

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Clifton Observatory and Caves

£5 adult, £2.50 child

Exploring the wonders of Bristol doesn’t have to break the bank, especially when you venture to the iconic Clifton Observatory and the mystical Giant’s Cave. Perched atop the scenic Clifton Down, the Observatory is a treasure trove of panoramic views and historical wonders, offering an affordable ticket into a world where the cityscape meets the sky. Just a stone’s throw away, the Giant’s Cave invites you on a wallet-friendly adventure deep into the Avon Gorge’s belly, promising an unforgettable journey through Bristol’s natural history.

And let’s not forget the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, where you can dive into the engineering marvel’s story without spending a penny. These spots are perfect for anyone looking to soak up some culture and beauty without stretching their wallet.

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Self-Guided Banksy Tour


Banksy walking tourBanksy’s art might now be known the world over, but he started out in the streets of Bristol. Exploring Bristol through the lens of Banksy’s artwork is like stepping into a living gallery, where each piece tells a story that’s as compelling as it is thought-provoking. Wander the vibrant streets, uncovering hidden gems that speak volumes about society, art, and the spirit of rebellion.

This self-guided Banksy tour is an adventure that connects you with the heart of Bristol and the artist who has captivated the world. So, lace up your most comfortable shoes, charge your phone for those countless photos you’ll want to snap, and let the urban landscape of Bristol reveal the extraordinary work of Banksy at your own pace. Trust me, it’s an experience that’s as enriching as it is unforgettable.

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inPlay Golf

£10 pp (4 players off peak)

inPlay Golf BristolNestled in the heart of Bristol, inPlay Golf offers a unique and exciting golfing experience that’s perfect for players of all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to fine-tune your game or a beginner eager to swing a club for the first time, inPlay Golf has got you covered. With state-of-the-art simulators that transport you to over 190 world-class courses around the globe, you’ll feel the thrill of the fairway right in the city’s centre.

The friendly, welcoming atmosphere makes everyone feel right at home, and the helpful staff are always on hand to offer tips and tricks to improve your game. So, why not book a session today and discover the joy of golf, no matter the weather outside? It’s more than just a game at inPlay Golf – it’s an experience to remember.

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Blaise Castle House Vintage Toys


Vintage toys at Bristol Blaise MuseumLittle and big kids will appreciate the collection of vintage toys on display at Blaise Castle House. Step back into a world of wonder and nostalgia where the magic of vintage toys awaits you! Hold a piece of history in your hands and explore toys that sparked joy in the hearts of children many generations before ours.

From intricate dollhouses to classic tin soldiers, each toy tells a story of craftsmanship and imagination. Whether you’re a collector, a history buff, or simply looking for a delightful journey down memory lane, Blaise Castle House offers an enchanting experience that reconnects us with the simple joys of childhood.

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Hengrove Park


BMX skate parkHengrove Play Park, half an hour from the centre of town, is home to the biggest free play park in Bristol. It expertly combines activities for different ages, with a jungle play experience, swings, and a special area for smaller kids, not to mention a skating park with plenty of daredevil action for skateboarders and BMX riders.

This sprawling green space is perfect for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, even if it’s just for a few hours.

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M Shed


M Shed Bristol

Nestled in the heart of Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, and surrounded by lunch-friendly eating places, M Shed tells all about Bristolian history right up to the 21st century. This museum offers a journey through the city’s rich and diverse history, providing a glimpse into the lives of the people who have shaped Bristol into the bustling, creative hub it is today.

From captivating exhibitions that tell the story of Bristol from prehistoric times to the present day, to interactive displays that invite you to become part of the narrative, M Shed has something for everyone. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or simply looking for a fun day out with the family, M Shed promises an experience full of discovery and inspiration. So why not make a day of it? Come and uncover the stories that make Bristol truly unique.

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Windmill Hill City Farm


City FarmGet friendly with farmyard animals at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bedminster. This charming spot is more than just a city farm – it’s a community hub where visitors of all ages can connect with nature, meet friendly animals, and explore enchanting gardens.

This voluntary community project includes a working farm, gardens, outdoor play area, environment trails and a café. Whether you’re an animal lover, a gardening enthusiast, or simply in search of a peaceful spot for a leisurely day out, Windmill Hill City Farm offers a warm welcome and a unique experience that’s hard to find anywhere else in the city.

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Bristol Museum and Art Gallery


Bristol Museum and Art GalleryNestled in the heart of Bristol, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a treasure trove of wonders waiting to be discovered. Right by the university grounds, on Queen’s Road, the museum has 19 galleries covering different cultures, ancient civilisations, inventions and the natural world. From ancient Egyptian artifacts to stunning paintings and contemporary art, the collection is as diverse as it is fascinating.

Highlights for families include the dinosaurs, Renoir and an under 7s play area. So why wait? Make plans to visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and let yourself be swept away on an unforgettable journey through history and creativity.

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*all prices correct at time of writing