Bristol is one of the most popular cities in England, and the UK. With over 400 parks and other green spaces, Bristol is often referred to as a city in the countryside. Bristol’s beautiful parks invites its citizens and tourists to spend a lazy afternoon in the sun and to take time out from the hustle and bustle of the city. Read below for our top five.
With over 66 acres of woodland, fields and adventure playgrounds, the Old Down Country Park caters for both the young and old. It invites visitors to take a stroll on the beautiful countryside trails and enjoy a nice coffee in the charming little cafe. Children not only have trampolines and outstanding play areas to spend their time in, but also an animal farm, where they can stroke the rabbits, guinea pigs and chicken. The Old Down Country Park is an award-winning local attraction, suitable for the whole family.
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden cultivates over 4,500 indigenous and exotic plant species on its five acres. The diverse collections range from the floral diversity collection, with an extraordinary selection of flowers, and the Mediterranean collection to the evolutionary dell, which displays ginkgos, cycads and tree terns. There is also a Chinese and Western medical herb garden used for research purposes. In addition to this, visitor tours by knowledgeable guides are available. There is also a full programme of courses, on subjects such as garden design, vegetable growing or botanical painting. Moreover, special events, like science picnics and sculpture exhibitions, are hosted throughout the year.
Dyrham Park is spread over an astonishing 270 acres of parkland with magnificent trees, breathtaking views and indigenous animals. There is also an elegant west garden, marked by a beautiful wildflower orchard and an idyllic pond, which invites guests to take a relaxing stroll through the gardens. The stylish tea room that can be found in the west garden is a great place to pause for a delicious cream tea, hot chocolate and homemade cake or light lunch. A visit to Dyram Park makes for a well-rounded experience in all respects.
The Troopers Hill Nature Reserve is in the St George area of east Bristol, which is owned by Bristol Parks. It is a hillside that overlooks the city of Bristol as well as the River Avon, which has been of historical importance for centuries. The Troopers Hill Nature Reserve boasts a fascinating mixture of history and extraordinary wild flora and fauna; it has won the prestigious Green Flag Award every year since 2007.
Located between Bristol’s Shopping Quarter and the beautiful Bristol Harbor, Castle Park is a great combination of history and modernity with the remains of the magnificent medieval castle and the hustle and bustle of the nearby town centre. Due to its convenient location, Castle Park offers a great location to take a breath and relax during a busy day of shopping in the city. There are also a number of works of art in the park, including a carved stone throne and a uniquely designed water fountain.