We all need time to relax and recharge, and there’s no better place to take some time away from technology and chill out for a few hours...

Green spaces and parks

Brandon Hill Park

Brandon Hill, Bristol’s oldest park, is a perfect getaway conveniently located just off Park Street. The park is a nature conservation area, with great spots for picnics, winding paths, stunning views of Bristol’s skyline, and the historic Cabot Tower.

Cabot Tower at the top of Brandon Hill in central Bristol - credit Chris Bahn
Brandon Hill, Credit: Chris Bahn

Leigh Woods

Leigh woods, located just over Clifton Suspension Bridge, is a peaceful and tranquil nature reserve. Follow its paths along with runners, cyclists and dog walkers and enjoy the opportunity to escape the urban, with beautiful views across the Avon Gorge. 

View of Clifton Suspension Bridge from Leigh Woods
Image - View of Clifton Suspension Bridge from Leigh Woods

Chew Valley Lakes

If you fancy escaping the city, Chew Valley Lakes is a beautiful space for nature lovers and walkers with trails around the lake.

Surrounded by wildlife, but not far from a teahouse offering gorgeous British cakes, this place is great for a calming Sunday afternoon. 

A view over Chew Valley Lake in North East Somerset, near Bristol
Image - Chew Valley Lake

Ashton Court Estate 

Once the gracious home of the Smyth family, Ashton Court is now a historic park located 10 minutes drive away from the city centre. Boasting over 850 acres of woods and grasslands with old oak trees and deer, it's the ideal place to immerse yourself in nature and unwind, with gorgeous views to match.  

Ashton Court Mansion in the grounds of Ashton Court Estate near Bristol, credit Chris Bahn
Image - Ashton Court Estate. Credit: Chris Bahn

Food & drink

The secret garden at No.4 Clifton Village

Take a seat in the serene surrounds of what we're pretty sure is Clifton's only restaurant garden. Whether you opt for afternoon tea, lunch or cocktails, it's a calming place to enjoy a bite.

St Nicholas Markets

If you’re looking for some wholesome and locally-sourced food, head down to St Nick's for an endless choice of nourishing and feel-good food. Every Wednesday the award-winning Bristol Farmers Market offers locally-sourced goodness with reasonable prices.

People buying food at St Nicholas Market in Bristol's Old City - credit Paul Box
Image - St Nicholas Markets. Credit Paul Box

Cream tea cruise around the harbour 

Enjoy a leisurely trip around the harbour with Bristol Packet Boat Trips, complete with a tasty cream tea while you take in the sights.

Salt & Malt Chew Valley 

Outside of Bristol and down on the shores of Chew Valley Lake, Salt & Malt offer top quality award-winning fish and chips with stunning views to match. Experience the tranquil views of the lake as you become one with nature, with the added choice of some of the finest food in the South West.

A Bristol Packet Boat Trips boat in Bristol Harbour - credit Bristol Packet Boat Trips
Image - Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Relaxation & spas

Bristol Lido

Bristol’s Lido is the ultimate haven of total relaxation. Tucked away inside a courtyard of Georgian Terraces in the heart of Clifton village, The Lido offers a spa, heated pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room. The Lido’s restaurant has also been recognised in Square Meals’ Top 100 UK Restaurants and in the Michelin guide.

Jacuzzi at Bristol Lido by day - credit Bristol Lido
Image - Bristol Lido

Harbour Hotel Bristol

Conveniently located on Corn Street, Harbour Hotel Bristol is home to a subterranean spa featuring seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and an urban gym. The former vaults maintain its original features such as the beautiful vault doors whilst harbouring a chic and urban modern style. 

Spa pool and seating
Image - HarSpa at Harbour Hotel Bristol

Museums and historical sights

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

If you’re up for a detox with a side of history, wander around the beautiful museum on quieter mornings or afternoons. With 19 galleries over 3 floors, feel free to immerse yourself in the world-class collections of art, archaeology, natural history and more.    

John Wesley’s New Room

Head down to The Horsefair on a quiet afternoon to visit The New Room, the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world. This tranquil and sacred space is perfect for a quiet few hours of reflection in the centre of Bristol.

Interior of The New Room in central Bristol - credit The New Room
Image - John Wesley's New Room

Bristol Cathedral 

Bristol’s beautiful and historic Cathedral on College Green is a top spot to wander around and take in the beautiful architecture. Bristol Cathedral is free to visit and open to the public 365 days a year, so there’s always an opportunity to pop in and discover the vast history of this building. 

Planetarium at We The Curious

We The Curious’s popular series of night-time Planetarium shows offer breath-taking visuals using the latest technology in presenter-led shows - an amazing opportunity to switch off from the everyday and unwind with magical views of the cosmos. 

Audience inside the Planetarium at We The Curious Bristol - credit Lee Pullen
Image - Planetarium at We The Curious

Accommodation & Campsites

Camp at The Wave

Wake to the sound of waves in one of the 25 furnished tents, located just a short walk from the shore of The Wave's surfing lake - where perfect waves are guaranteed.

An aerial drone shot of The Wave and Camp at The Wave showing lodges and the Wave surfing lake in the background
Image - Camp at The Wave

Mendip Basecamp

Basecamp is a family campsite in the heart of the beautiful Mendip Hills, just outside Bristol, five minutes from the M5. Surrounded by ancient woodland, the spacious campsite is perfect for families, small groups and adventurers seeking a UK based holiday or weekend away. The campsite is in the heart of Mendip Activity Centre. Activities are not compulsory but if you’re feeling adventurous, choose from frisbee golf, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, climbing, caving, kayaking, archery and more. There are activities for everyone aged 4+!

A family sat in camping chairs in a field - Credit Mendip Activity Centre
Image - Basecamp at Mendip Activity Centre

Sports and exercise 

Go Ape

Award-winning Go Ape, set within the beautiful forest of Mallard Pike Lake, offers the ultimate rush with a day out for families and friends of all ages. Surround yourself in nature, leap off the Tarzan swing and zip-wire through the forest as you unleash your Go Ape spirit. Ideal for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush with gorgeous nature views in hand. 

A family taking part in the Treetop Challenge at Go Ape Mallards Pike near Bristol - credit Go Ape
Image - Go Ape

SUP Paddleboarding

Gently glide through the heart of the city on paddleboards, or take part in a harbour-based yoga session, courtesy of SUP Bristol. Take in stunning views of Hotwell’s colourful houses, perfect for a detox with the added adventure kick. 

Paddleboarders in front of Hotwells and Grain Barge, Harbourside - credit SUP Bristol
Image - SUP Bristol

Explore Bristol by bike 

Discover the beauty of the city on wheels on one of the many cycling routes in and around Bristol. Alternatively, you can choose take a mountain biking lesson or hire bikes from Pedal Progression in Ashton Court - ideal for anyone up for getting off Bristol’s beaten track.

People on mountain bikes in field
Image - Pedal Progression