5 affordable weekend adventures in Bristol

Potentially the best university town in the UK, Bristol excels in pretty much every regard. Night live, alternative culture, history and weather. Its modern economy is built on creative media, electronics and aerospace industries making maybe the coolest populated spot in the country and definitely worth a visit.

And if you’re thinking: “I spent all my money last weekend in Southampton“, don’t worry. These great adventures aren’t just buckets of fun, they’re affordable as heck. Get on a train or plane or automobile or, if you’re lucky, step outside your door to soak in everything Bristol has to offer.

1. Clifton Village and Suspension Bridge

Located on the edge of the charming Clifton Village, this cultural landmark boasts some of the best views in the entire city. Not many cities offer such a scenic view just a short walk away from the bustling city centre. Visiting it at night is equally enchanting.


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2. Bristol Zoo Gardens

Who doesn’t love a good zoo? Well, a lot of people actually. If you can overcome some questionable ethics, this zoo is actually a great hub for conservation work. There’s also an up-close experience with lemurs and penguins which sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime.


Image credit: Instagram – @BristolZoo

3. Bristol Aquarium

In keeping with the animal theme, the Bristol Aquarium is a great shout if the weather isn’t doing this great city justice. Rather than dark and dingy, this particular aquarium is bright and airy with an array of awesome exhibitions and creatures.


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4. Oakham Treasures 

A step back in time, Oakham Treasures has a large collection of every day items we take for granted and their evolution through the decades. A fascinating look at yesteryear!


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5. At-Bristol

People love museums where they can touch things and the At-Bristol Science Museum has been founded on that principle. Mainly catered for young kids, there’s no reason you can’t tap into your inner-child and explore your long-surpressed curiosity.


Image credit: Instagram – @At_Bristol_Science_Museum