Our free time is precious and we want to spend it wisely. Looking for things to do, one is spoilt for choice which makes it hard to filter through the long list of activities. We at Bookado are experts in finding and booking experiences and we put together this handy guide to outdoor activities in and around Bristol. Browse through this detailed list to find your next adventure in one click, whether you’re flying solo, going out with your friends or trying to organise a team event. You’re in the right place.
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR ONE
Life can sometimes get a bit overwhelming, which is why we need to carve out some me-time and tune back in with our feelings. Whether you want to expand your horizons with a new experience or relax outdoors, there are lots of solo activities in Bristol available. And since it’s just you doing it, you have free choice without having to consider anyone else's wishes.
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR TWO OR MORE
Whether you’re looking for date ideas or spend quality time your best mate, Bristol has lots of exciting activities for two. From adventurous night canoeing watching the city lights to scenic hot air balloon rides, there are things to do for all occasions and budgets.
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR STAG AND HEN DOS
Want to make your stag or hen do unforgettable? Picking the right experience can be hard when different interests are clashing. However, getting active and trying something new can really bring a group together and give them a chance to get to know each other. Whether you’re planning a whole weekend or just one afternoon, our activities for stags and hens in Bristol are perfect to prepare you for the big day.
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
Is it half term or just a boring weekend that needs to be spiced up? Get in some much-needed family time and check out the best activities in Bristol with kids. We have some great child-friendly things to do, from foot golf to adventure parks to make sure no boredom creeps up.
BEST ACTIVITIES FOR CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING
Planning an office social and need inspiration? There are plenty of alternatives to the old boozy pub crawl, that will truly bring the team closer together. Outdoor activities will give your team a chance to get to know each other outside the office walls and show different sides of themselves. Learning how to wield a bow or forming teams for a paintball match, these days out give you a nice break from the daily grind.
HOW TO GET TO BRISTOL AND WHERE IS IT?
Bristol is the largest city in the South-West of England, situated 180 miles west from London. Nearby cities are Bath, which is about 12 miles east and Cardiff in Wales, which is 45 miles away across the Bristol Channel. Bristol has excellent transport links and can be reached by train, bus, and car. International visitors can also opt for ferries or planes.
Travelling to Bristol
Bristol is conveniently located at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways and easily accessible from all parts of the UK.
Public Transport: Bus to Bristol
From the South-West:
There are a number of Coach services to Bristol available running from Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
The National Express also offers many direct connections from London, Wales and the North of England.
Bristol via Train
Bristol has lots of direct connections from large cities in the UK including Manchester, London and Birmingham.
Air: Bristol via plane
Bristol International Airport is located in North Somerset and has over 130 destinations. Transport systems to the city centre include buses and the Airport Flyer Express which is 7£ and takes less than 30mins.
Travel tip: Great Western Way
Make your trip to Bristol a mini-break by embarking on the Great West Way, a 125-mile touring route between London and Bristol. Starting in the capital, this route invites you to explore its rich culture with charming villages and outdoor activities. Book stays and experiences along the way to create your bespoke tour.
You can do the Great West Way either by train or car, or even by narrowboat, depending on your time and budget and where you’re traveling from.
Known for its contemporary art and culture, from street art to museums, theatres and music gigs, Bristol is a vibrant, buzzing hub for culture-lovers and trend-seekers alike. It’s home to lots of international and UK students that gives the city a young, fresh vibe.
Bristol's famous for...
It is one of the greenest cities in Europe with a large number of parks and gardens whilst also priding itself with being the UK’s first cycling city.
Nominated the World Vegan Capital, it’s a haven for veggies offering tasty plant-based foods, snacks and drinks.
It’s also a haven for vegans as it has been nominated Vegan World Capital, there are lots of cafes, street food and restaurants offering tasty plant-based food.
It has two universities with a diverse set of international and UK students that give Bristol its young, trendy vibe.
Bristol is a city in the southwest of England and has been among the country's largest and most economically and culturally important cities for eight centuries. It was granted city status in 1542 and benefited greatly from the industrial revolution and transatlantic trade. Bristol's strong links with the ocean, and its key role in the profitable trade of slavery and tobacco, inevitably lead to the city's involvement with piracy. Laws at the time stated that piracy was illegal - however, the practice of privateering was not. Privateers were meant to have a 'letter of Marque' from their government allowing them to attack and steal from merchant ships of certain countries.
How to book experiences in Bristol?
Bookado has a range of fantastic activities on offer in Bristol for both Winter and Summer. Many of our activities are available for instant bookings, but if you have some more bespoke requirements or can’t find activities you want, then get in touch. Our activity coordinators are online and available 24/7. Next time you’re trying to organise a day out, a birthday party, a stag/hen or even an office social. Bookado can help you with easy bookings, knowledgeable activity coordinators and great deals!
What are the best experiences in Bristol?
We think the experiences in this blog are the best in Bristol. But if you’re looking to find out more about Bristol’s history and culture, checkout Bristols SS Great Britain ship.
Where can I take a date in Bristol?
In our opinion, the best date is when you combine food & fun. Taking part in an activity is the perfect balance on a date. It gives you enough time to woo your date with your smooth chat up lines, but it also can be an entertainment lifeline if things get stale. Our top recommendations for a first date include minigolf or SUP, for those a bit further on maybe a helicopter ride or archery session.
What can you do in Bristol for free?
Bristol has many great free activities such as the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Clifton Rock Slide or see the Deer at Ashton Court. Bristol is a very vibrant city so simply walking around it should give you plenty of entertainment.