If you’re visiting Bristol (perhaps for one of our regular Brazilian jiu jitsu camps), there’s plenty to do in this historic port city. Whatever your budget, Bristol should be able to keep you occupied while you’re off the mats.
You can walk around the beautiful harbourside for free, with the optional cost (about 50p) to jump on the ferry for a quick hop across the water. Along the way, you could check out Brunel’s famous SS Great Britain (not cheap, but interesting), local history at the M Shed (free) and explore the art displayed at the Arnolfini (cost depends on exhibition, often free).
The free Bristol Museum & Art Gallery up on Park Street is stuffed full of fascinating exhibits (ranging from natural history through to egyptology), along with an excellent small collection of artworks upstairs (including major British artists like Edward Coley Burne-Jones). Bristol Cathedral dates back to the 12th century, then there’s the Red Lodge, a magnificently preserved Elizabethan building.
From September 2020, you’ll be able to take an audio walking tour of Bristol’s history, right through your smartphone. Historic Bristol: Through Time & Temple will be launching as part of Bristol Open Doors.