Bristol's outdoor spaces

Go outside

The city’s buzzing. Fact. But sometimes you need to wind down. And you’ll quickly come to appreciate that restorative green space and calming water are never far away. Cycle, run, walk, read or meditate in one of over 400 parks and gardens in Bristol. Whatever your pace, you’ll find somewhere to make your own.

Our favourites?

  • Ashton Court Estate – an ancient deer park that wraps Bower Ashton Campus
  • Castle Park – space to breathe in the heart of the city
  • Brandon Hill – epic views and a fun, free tower to climb
  • The Downs – a whopping 400-acre (1.6 km2) open space crowning the city.

If water’s where you’re happiest, dive in. Learn to row with UWE Boat Club. Step back in time on the legendary SS Great Britain. Or just grab your friends and watch the world go by in a sunny spot on the harbourside – you’ll find half the city doing the same on lazy summer evenings.

In Bristol, there’s perfect surf all year round. Just head to The Wave, an inland simulated surf destination.

Students sitting in Stoke Park overlooking Bristol City Centre.

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