5 Free Things To Do With Children In Bristol

Bristol is a particularly cool city where art, music and culture thrive, so it is an exciting and invigorating place to visit. The city is filled with activities and attractions that are sure to thrill your family, so you can be sure that even if you’re on a budget, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained when you visit the city of Bristol.

Windmill Hill City Farm

Based in the heart of the city, Windmill Hill City Farm is an inner city farm which offers educational and therapeutic experiences for local people and those visiting. The facility features a farm with animals, a café, play area, gift shop and more. Your kids will love getting to meet the pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits and other animals on the farm.

The farm is open daily from 9am, and closes at 4pm during the winter months and 5pm during the spring and summer months.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

For something a little educational, you can visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which offers a huge array of historical artefacts and works of art. There are collections from many different cultures throughout human history as well as specimens from the natural world, from gorillas to dinosaurs. This museum is sure to capture the imaginations of your children and is bound to keep the grown-ups entertained as well.

The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm and opens on some Mondays during the summer months.

The Matthew of Bristol

In 1497, John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland on the vessel, The Matthew. While Bristol might not have the original ship, it is home to a stunning replica which even sailed the same route in 1997 to mark the 500th anniversary of the first journey.

This vessel is now moored at the quayside where you can climb aboard and learn more about the first voyage to Newfoundland. This is something that the kids are sure to love and be excited by at the same time as learning a little history.

Treasure Island Trail

The city of Bristol is said to have inspired the swashbuckling tales of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island which you can do with your favourite dolls pram. These connections are celebrated in Bristol and you can even go on a Treasure Island Trail which guides you around the Floating Harbour as you spot the checkpoints marked with old wine barrels planted with a palm tree.

You can download the app for £1.99 for Android and iOS or for a free option, use the marked Google map which will show you where to go.

Blaise Castle House Museum

Blaise Museum offers an insight into how people lived in the past, boasting a collection of everyday items from the past, including toys, clothing, kitchen items and even features a recreated Victorian school classroom.

You can explore the museum inside as well as the parkland, woodlands and the children’s adventure playground, making sure that this is a hit with the whole family.

Bristol offers no shortage of things to do when you visit with the whole family, and with so many free attractions and activities, you’ll be just as excited as the kids.