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17th April 2018 Rebecca Burns

Go green in Bristol!

A Fairtrade city, the UK’s first cycling city and a city truly dedicated to sustainable living, it’s not difficult to see why Bristol has earned its proud status as a green capital.

Bristol offers an enticing green and pleasant landscape with over 450 parks, gardens and open spaces – proportionately more than any other UK city. Take a look at just some of the green spaces below to help you find a quiet place to relax and escape from the hubbub of the city.

The Downs

Bristol’s largest open space, with outstanding views over the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Brandon Hill

Just off Park Street, you’ll find a tranquil garden surrounded by splendid Georgian houses and buildings. Relax with a picnic or climb Cabot Tower for an outstanding view over the city and the countryside beyond.

Castle Park

Originally home to Bristol Castle during medieval times, this centrally-located park is situated next to Cabot Circus and the Broadmead shopping centre, and offers a great place to rest your weary feet after a hard day’s shopping.

Queen Square

This charming square in Bristol’s Old City district is a haven for lunchtime sun worshippers enjoying an alfresco lunch.

Ashton Court Estate

Located just minutes from Bristol, this huge estate boasts acres of woodland trails and open spaces – perfect for walking, cycling or enjoying a picnic. Look out for major events taking place here throughout the year.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

After browsing the resident animals and taking part in the fun activities, why not relax for a while in the tranquil green space offered by the zoo. Home to an outstanding collection of plants, some unique to the Bristol area.

Tyntesfield House

A unique National Trust Victorian estate, Tyntesfield House is surrounded by stunning grounds and preened gardens, which are open to the public throughout spring and summer.

Westonbirt Arboretum

The National Arboretum at Westonbirt near Tetbury has 600 acres of landscaped countryside. Changing foliage throughout the year means every season is special, especially Autumn when the trees and shrubs burst into shades of red, gold and brown.

Blaise Castle Estate

A short distance from the centre of Bristol, Blaise Castle Estate offers wonderful walks and a great children’s playground.

The University Botanic Garden

Cultivating some 4,500 plant species from over 200 plant families, this five acre garden is a unique green space in the city of Bristol.

Berkeley Castle

This ancient castle was once a Norman fortress, and much of the original building remains as it was hundreds of years ago. These days, the beautiful grounds, ponds, walled gardens and butterfly garden are open to visitors throughout the year.

The Red Lodge

Located on Park Row near Bristol’s city centre, this wonderfully-preserved house includes a beautiful, walled Elizabethan knot garden.


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