Top 5 Picnic Spots in Bristol

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For a bustling city built on commerce and Atlantic trade Bristol boasts a remarkable array of places you can escape the thrum of modern life. Whether right in the heart of the town or only a stone’s throw away, these spots are sure to give you the fix of serenity and nature that you need.

Temple Church and Gardens

Temple Church and Gardens is an English Heritage site, having got its name through being built as a round church by the Knights Templar - a medieval military order developed to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land. Even since the church has been replaced by a rectangular one and survived WWII bombings, you can still see the markings from the original building. Although there is no access to the inside of the church, the graveyard is now a public garden, perfect for a peaceful picnic.

Entry to Temple Church and Gardens is free and dogs on leads are welcome.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

If you and your family love animals, Bristol Zoo Gardens is the perfect spot for a picnic to break up a day of exploring. They have 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens to enjoy your family picnic. Once you have satisfied your appetite, continue exploring and come face-to-face with over 400 species of exotic and endangered animals from all over the world.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is open every day from 9-5.30pm.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill takes home the award for the most activity-packed picnic spot. There’s a chance to explore the nature reserve, take advantage of the Tree Trail and learn Tai Chi from the Bristol School of Tai Chi. There’s also a dog-free play area for under 12’s and Trim Trail exercise stations dotted around for those who want to work up an appetite.

Brandon Hill is viewable from Cabot Tower, which is open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Folly Farm Nature Reserve

If 250 acres of natural grassland, wildflower meadows, ancient woodland and footpaths around the nature reserve aren't enough, Folly Farm offers breathtaking views across Chew Valley and Chew Valley Lake, making it one of Bristol’s most picturesque picnic spots.

Folly Farm Nature Reserve is open to everyone at all times.