Bristol is full of photographic opportunities. The usual shots in the guidebooks nearly always include Clifton Suspension bridge and perfectly placed hot air balloons, but that's not all you can photograph in Bristol.

I'm Olivia from Behind Bristol Doors, photographing the beautiful city is a frequent occurrence for me. Although colourful doors take centre stage on my Instagram account, there are plenty of other amazing things in the city that also make the perfect shot. Here are some of the best…

Instagram itinerary - Behind Bristol Doors


Best known for being ‘the colourful row of houses above the harbourside’, Cliftonwood is the ultimate location to take that vivid Instagram shot. Brightly painted houses sit side-by-side in every colour of the rainbow, with doors in shades to contrast. On a summer's day bunting may be found lining the streets during the annual street party, making this area even more beautiful to photograph.

>>> Find out more on Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road

Cliftonwood, Paul Box

Cliftonwood, photo credit Paul Box

Boyce's Avenue, Clifton

It's not so much the street that is photogenic on Boyce's Avenue, but more the shops that it is home to. Contemporary stationery shop Papersmiths - a firm favourite with Instagrammers – and Anna Cake Couture - a new stylish café – make Boyce’s Avenue a haven for great photographs. In Papersmiths, contemporary stationery, magazines and cards stand out against the white and wood space. On the other side of the road, Anna Cake Couture, a beautiful patisserie and cafe with stunning decor and irresistible cakes, is a must capture.

Boyce's Avenue Clifton Bristol

Boyce's Avenue, Clifton, Bristol photo credit Destination Bristol

University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Instagram is full of pictures of tropical plants, so why not join the trend? Located near the Downs and part of the University of Bristol, the Botanic Garden is the ideal place for that exotic plant shot without leaving the city. It’s a real green haven, but surprisingly little-known. Large glasshouses display exotic plants including cacti, orchids and a sacred lotus collection, and a tea on the terrace on a sunny summer day will help you capture the tranquil setting.

>>> Read more on parks & gardens in Bristol

University of Bristol botanic garden

Photo credit University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Stokes Croft

You’ll usually see Stokes Croft photographed for its amazing graffiti, with murals lining the walls. As beautiful as the vibrant graffiti is, my favourite thing to do when photographing this part of the city is to look up! Many different styles of architecture stand side-by-side, from the iconic disused carriageworks, to varying heights of buildings above local shopfronts, Stokes Croft is the place to get that perfect architectural shot, especially on a day with bright blue sky.

>>> Read more about Bristol's street art scene

Stokes Croft

Stokes Croft, credit Destination Bristol 

Pinkmans Bakery, 85 Park Street

Not only does Pinkmans have mouthwatering freshly baked bread, donuts and pizza that are ideal to show off via social media, the decor is completely Instagram worthy too. Copper light fittings with filament bulbs hang over the copper counter, where the peg menu board is a feature. Potted plants, white tiled walls and pink details around the space help to make this cafe pop in your photographs. 

Pinkman's bakery

Pinkman's Bakery, photo credit Olivia Tripp

By Olivia Tripp, Behind Bristol Doors

Read more

Places to eat and drink in Bristol

Things to do in Bristol

Events Calendar


Clifton Suspension Bridge
Historic Site
Clouds over Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol - CREDIT GARY NEWMAN

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Environmental Attraction
University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Discover over 4,500 stunning plant species, including rare and threatened plants, in this huge University collection

The Downs
Municipal Park
The Downs Bristol

Consisting of Clifton Down and Durdham Down, this is a huge area of protected parkland on the edge of the city

Gloucester Road Shopping
Gloucester Road Shopping

Gloucester Road is located in North Bristol and runs through St Andrews, Bishopston and Horfield. It has a large number of independent traders as well as household names.