After a tough winter, the long slog of dealing with covid and recent stormy weather; it’s been great to look forward to spending some time for rest and relaxation in Spring. Bristol is a wonderful city to explore, and especially as the mercury begins to rise, it is the perfect place to escape to for a short holiday. Whether you live there, or are just staying in a serviced apartment in Bristol for a city break, there are plenty of things for you to do! Whilst Bristol is known for its metropolitan life and bustling city atmosphere, it also has a stunning collection of outdoor spaces to enjoy during Spring. Those places and events are what we are going to highlight here.
It’s not hard to delve into Bristol’s offering of nature. An easy place to start is the famous Downs. This large public space is perfect for a Spring day of walks, fun with kites and friends, and a filling picnic on the grass.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
If you are looking for something slightly more wild than lunch in the park, there are plenty of opportunities to get a bit wilder on a walk in the countryside. A few minutes from the Clifton Suspension Bridge you can find the extraordinary Leigh Woods, as well as the famous Ashton Court estate. Both of these are perfect for those who want a nice walk in the countryside, without driving far outside the city.
If you have enjoyed the views from the Suspension Bridge before, you can experience it from a different angle. One wonderful way to spend a day is to take a scenic boat ride along the River Avon in “The Matthew”, floating beneath the impressive feat of British engineering.
Westonbirt’s National Arboretum
If you prefer spending your time in a well nurtured garden than getting grand views from a bridge and walking through some wild woods, a short drive from Bristol you can visit one of the most famous collections of trees and plants in the world at Westonbirt’s National Arboretum. As the Arboretum emerges from the Winter and Spring takes hold, you can take pictures of the magical tree blossom and enchanting carpets of bluebells.
If you are staying in Bristol and don’t have a car available to you, Westonbirt is slightly less accessible. That doesn’t mean you don’t have the chance to visit some brilliant gardens. The University of Bristol’s Botanic Garden is easy to visit, located close to The Downs. Once you have entered the botanic garden, you will be greeted with views of plants from around the world, including various exotic species that are put together in their own displays. After your walk around the gardens, you can enjoy refreshments in the grand Victorian house that is just next to the splendid plants.
At the end of Spring and the beginning of Summer, Bristol’s Harbourside comes to life for “The Festival of Nature”. It’s the UK’s largest free natural history event, celebrating nature through a selection of hands-on activities for children, arts schemes, fascinating lectures for adults as well as a bevy of entertainment.
Hopefully you have found this guide to what Bristol’s outdoor spaces have to offer in Spring helpful.