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Perfect picnic spots in Bristol

Perfect picnic spots in Bristol

Whether it's your lunch break or you're spending a weekend catching up with family and friends in the city sun, Bristol has plenty of great places to picnic. Along the river or in a park, drink in the beautiful views while enjoying some tasty treats. 

Temple Church and Gardens: just off Victoria Street is a fourteenth century church famous for its leaning tower. Only the shell of the church remains, surrounded by tall trees and a beautiful green.Hannahbella Photography



Castle Park was the site of Bristol Castle, which was destroyed in 1650. The park is now one of the biggest green spaces and wooded areas in central Bristol and also features a peace garden full of herbs, water features and an Incredible Edible pick-your-own veg bed.Hannahbella Photography



Below Castle Park on the jettyHannahbella Photography


Queen Square is just moments from the centre, yet still very peaceful. Surrounded by architecture dating back to the eighteenth century it's a sight to behold. The square is one of the main spots to be over the warmer months, playing host to festivals such as the food festival in May and the harbour festival in July.Hannahbella Photography


Oporto Quay: along the harbourside past Lloyds amphitheatre. With scenic views across the river to the SS Great Britain and the colourful houses of Hotwells. This newly developed area is a waterside sun trap, where the only company you will have are the nosy swans checking out your sandwiches.Hannahbella Photography


Brandon Hill Park: considered one of the oldest open spaces in Bristol dating back to 1625, Brandon Hill must have hosted many a picnic in its time. Not only is it one of the oldest open spaces, it's also one of the first nature parks set up in Bristol. This park features a man-made stream and pond, landscaped Japanese style gardens, and the most incredible views across the city from the ground all the way up to the world famous Cabot's Tower.Hannahbella Photography


Berkeley Square: close to the top of Park Street and Clifton, this very pretty green has a mix of trees and open space. It was laid in 1790 in Georgian style and has survived the Blitz. The green features a replica of the Bristol High Cross which was erected in the city in 1373 honouring various British monarchs.Hannahbella Photography



College Green, Park Street: located in the heart of the city, this 2.7 acres of green open space links Bristol Cathedral and the City Hall with Park street. Perfect spot for a break from the shops and seeing the sights.Hannahbella Photography



Portland Square, St Pauls: one minute's walk away from Cabot Circus, this lush green is a little piece of calm hidden away under large trees and sweet-smelling rose bushes. Portland Square was laid in the early eighteenth century as one of Bristol's earliest suburbs, which is now home to Circomedia, the centre of excellence for circus and theatre training which inhabits the Grade I listed St Paul's Church. Hannahbella Photography



Wherever you go, enjoy our green city and your delicious picnic. Save us a sausage roll...Hannahbella Photography


Visit the Edible Bristol website for more information on the Incredible Edible free food trail through Bristol parks.

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