Advertisement
A replica of John Cabot’s The Matthew of Bristol in the background – swan upfront. Image via Jared Clapperton.

WHERE TO PICNIC IN BRISTOL 

George Maguire

Bristol is a great place to have a picnic. Plied by a relaxed atmosphere, a healthy appetite for enjoying food and drinks outside and incredible takeaway and vendors (such as Falafel King) you’ve got all the ingredients needed at hand. With the River Avon gently waving its way through the heart of the city and over 400 green parks lets dig into some of our favourite spots… 
 
 
 1 Clifton Observatory

 

 
Bristol’s famous Suspension Bridge viewed from the observatory. Image via Andy Newton.
 
Bristol Suspension Bridge is known worlds over as one of the great Victorian engineering feats. 214 metres long, the bridge can arguably be viewed best from Clifton Observatory that looks down on it. The observatory is a perfect place to picnic; watching day turn into night as the bridges lights turn on amidst the glow of the city behind. A very romantic spot.
 
Close by? Head over the bridge to explore Leigh Woods if you have time. 
 
Find it: Bridge Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PA
 
---

2 Castle Park
 

 
Castle Park, Image via Ritvars Kirsanovs. Link here.
 
Castle Park sits in a highly accessible spot between the river, St Nicks Market and Broadmead. Set in the grounds of St Peters, an old ruined church the park’s grass slopes down to the water. This is definitely one of the best spots in the city to observe the flow of the city and people watch.
 
Close by? Cross over the Castle Bridge to reach indie brewery Left Handed Giant for delicious craft beer.  
 
Find it: Broad Weir, Bristol BS1 3XB
 

---

3 Perrett’s Park

 

 
The view from Perrett’s Park in Bristol. Image via author. 
 
Due to its organic shape (a natural bowl) and height over the city, Perrett’s park offers an unparalleled view of the city and beyond. With plenty of space to spread out, the park is a great spot to catch a sunset (such as the one above) or watch dogs tirelessly sprint up and down the steep slopes. The tree blossom is incredible at this time of year.
 
Close by? Southside Bar on Wells Road has a great atmosphere and local beers. 
 
Find it: 2 Bayham Rd, Bristol BS4 2EA.

 
---
 
4 Bristol Harbourside

 

 
A glorious day in the sun at Bristol’s much loved Harbourside. Image via Maryna Bober
 
The heart of Bristol lies in and around its Harbourside. Once a busy dock brimming with sailors, it’s now home to locals and tourists alike; all keen to absorb the unrivalled energy (and incredible food!). Our top spots for a summer picnic include the waterfront on the Wapping Wharf side (with a view of the passing boats), the front of the Arnolfini and outside Spoke & Stringer opposite Brunel’s SS Great Britain.  
 
Close by? Cross over to the other side of the water on the Cross-Harbour Ferry. 
 
Find it: Harbourside, Central Bristol.


5 Victoria Park
 

 
 
 
Victoria Park; a dog lover’s paradise. Image via Bristol Live.
 
Victoria Park’s hilly dome shape is a luscious and varied picnic spot offering 360 degree views of the city. Home to a basketball court, tennis courts, woodlands, playparks the expansive grassy spaces are a perfect place to enjoy the sun.
 
Close by? Check out the park’s part-time resident coffee and cake van Stuffed.
 
Find it: Harbourside, Central Bristol.

 

Your inbox deserves a little culture! Get our monthly newsletter

Advertisement