While Bristol is best known for its Banksy street art, thriving music scene and iconic suspension bridge we’ve rounded up our favourite spots in the city for you to plan your romantic weekend away in Bristol with your loved one.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Make your romantic weekend away to Bristol more memorable by soaring above the city, taking in the breath-taking views of the city below. Every year Bristol is home to the International Balloon Fiesta. The festival occurs during the first two weeks in August for four consecutive days where you can see more than 100 balloons take to the sky.
Just outside of central Bristol you will find numerous hot air balloon companies to choose from for your romantic ride: Bailey Balloons, Bristol Balloons and Virgin Balloons all offer experiences throughout the year, where you can take a ride over the city revelling in the stunning views.
Begin your journey in the historic grounds of Ashton Court Estate located just outside central Bristol and home to the annual fiesta. After your ride across the city, why not take a walk around the estate learning its history, which goes back over 600 years,
Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Take a romantic stroll after a long day to Brandon Hill; this is the oldest park in Bristol, located in the West End of the city just off Park Street. If you want to continue visiting the wonders of the city, then you’ll definitely want to venture up Cabot Tower, a 105ft tower built-in 1897. The tower is free to climb and is open daily. Step inside the red sandstone tower and climb the spiral staircase to the top you won’t be disappointed.
If you want to make your trip more romantic venture up before sunset or sunrise and witness the views across the city of Bristol and its harbourside.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Take in picturesque views on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning across the Avon Gorge. This grade 1 listed structure is the iconic symbol for Bristol and invites visitors from all over the world to marvel at its wonders. The bridge was built almost 150 years ago and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You won’t be disappointed if you visit this bridge at night where you can take the guided tour from the toll booth on Bristol side - available from Easter to October. After the tour, you could stop in for a drink at the Avon Gorge Hotel’s bar and watch the sunset over the Clifton bridge from the beer garden.
The Bridge spans from Clifton to Leigh Woods, if you visit early in the day you can enjoy a mile-long stroll through some of the veteran trees. If you venture further to the Stokeleigh camp, you will be presented with large and well-preserved Iron Age hillforts, originally built to guard the approach of the River Avon.
Places to Eat & drink
Whether you’re on the hunt for a nice lunch or dinner, there are some great restaurants using locally sourced ingredients. If you’re after pizza, pop down to Flour and Ash or if you prefer Indian cuisine, visit the Thali Café, They are proud of their exquisite street food! If you’re passing by Bristol harbour, you can hop on the Glassboat restaurant.
If you would like to eat while you walk around the city and learn about its history, you can take the eat, walk and talk tour where you will sample some of Bristol’s best restaurants.
Visit a speakeasy for a romantic evening filled with cocktails: the Haus Bar is perfect for those who love to sip an Old Fashioned or Martini. If you prefer something more prohibition-era style, you should visit The Milk Thistle which is open until 3 am on the weekends.
However, if you are more a gin fan than cocktails, why not visit Brambly and Gage where you can take the gin tour in Bristol’s only distillery.
Puzzle Rooms and Comedy Clubs
Bristol’s wide variety of puzzle rooms are perfect for a thrill-seekers, testing your problem-solving skills and knowledge (or for getting locked in a room with your loved one). Find the clues and work out the puzzles, while the time counts down. There are many puzzle rooms to choose from with different themes from companies around the city such as Locked in A Room Bristol, City Mazes, and Puzzlair, with more located further out of the city.
If puzzles aren’t your thing, then why not check out the local comedy clubs and soak up all the laughter! Every club has different stand-up comedians each night so you can choose who to see and what club you would like to visit. The Comedy Box and Riproar Comedy are located in the centre of Bristol with Smiley Spaces comedy club just outside the town if you wish venture further out of the city.
Bristol Zoo Gardens and Aquarium
The Bristol Zoo Gardens were established in 1836 and have helped save over 175 species from extinction. The zoo is located between Clifton Down and Clifton College and is a short distance from the Clifton Suspension Bridge. This zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and you can walk around the 12-acres viewing gorillas, Asiatic lions and red pandas among hundreds of others animals. The zoo also has a large number of rare animals absent from other UK zoos.
If you are an avid animal lover and prefer something a little more special and personal, you can get even closer with some of the animals with the keeper experiences at the zoo. From meeting the iconic (and romantic) emperor penguins to feeding the fearsome lions or just simply becoming a keeper for the day,
On your venture through the zoo, you can visit the Aquarium, where you will find more than 115 different species of fish. From brightly coloured clownfish to piranhas and sharks you can walk through the newly added tunnel and experience the fish swimming all around you.
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