The natural meets the metropolitan in Bristol, where you’re never far from a green space to get away from the bustling city. This year, celebrate the coveted British sunshine with a picnic within walking distance from our all of our properties in one of these gorgeous spots.
Almost literally on the doorstep of the Berkeley Square Hotel, the aforementioned square is ideal for those who want greenery without a hike. Its grand trees offer shade and protection from the direct sun without restricting it completely, making it ideal for those of us who could get sunburnt from a nightlight. Right at the top of Park Street, your picnic can be topped off with a spritz in one of the street’s wide selection of bars- the perfect summer evening.
A local favourite, Brandon Hill is at its best when it is blooming with foliage, and full of people enjoying the warm weather together. Enjoy your favourite fruits and sandwiches overlooking the city and the harbour side, with a healthy portion of people watching the other residents of the park. If you’re looking to burn off the food you’ve eaten, you can summit Cabot Tower for unrivalled panoramic views of Bristol- see if you can find where you’re staying in the skyline. For those with children, there is even a play park, allowing you to munch in peace.
The Downs by Clifton Suspension Bridge
There’s nothing that screams Bristol more than the Suspension Bridge. Sit atop the hill side by side with the iconic landmark, and enjoy your lunch with a view. You can pick up supplies in any number of independent delis or bakeries in Clifton village on the way, and if you realise you’ve not packed enough once you arrive no need to panic; the Observatory café offers a tasty selection of hot and cold food and drinks, without making walk all the way back up the hill you just bravely summited.
The Clifton/Durdham Downs
Sitting above the city atop Whiteladies Road a grassy retreat awaits. Surrounded by nothing but nature and sun, forget about work and the stresses of modern living and embrace a simpler existence for an hour or two. There are no deadlines here, only portable barbeques and amateur football teams who are taking it all just a bit too seriously. Bring enough picnic food to pass the day, and a blanket to catch you when you fall into a food coma.
Hidden amongst Georgian homes and charming streets, Victoria Square is a picture perfect outdoor eating spot. Popular amongst dog-walkers and local families, it is an ideal place to sit and watch the world go by. Thanks to its location being a two-minute walk from Clifton Village you can easily go from your picnic to afternoon shopping in the best boutique shops Bristol has to offer.
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