If Valentine’s Day has got you plotting where best to get down on bended knee and pop The Question to your beloved, then consider Bristol your amorous wing-lady. The city’s unique, jaw-dropping backdrops are bound to capture the mood and help you put a ring on it!

Here are some of the most romantic places to propose in the city... 

Bristol red arrows heart

Image - RAF Red Arrows over Bristol, photo credit Angharad Paull

5. Bristol Zoo Gardens

An exotic oasis in the desirable Clifton district of Bristol, this is the world’s fifth oldest zoo (it opened in 1836) and home to beautifully vibrant gardens that are nearly as impressive as the animals. Visit a butterfly forest, marvel at gorillas above your head and wander along avenues flanked by multi-coloured seasonal borders before settling on the lush green lawns. The cute creatures and pretty surroundings can’t help but work in your favour for a resounding yes.

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Image - Bristol Zoo Gardens, photo credit Angharad Paull

4. Clevedon Pier

Clevedon, near Bristol, is a charming seaside town with a pebbled shoreline and restored Grade I* listed Victorian pier – one of the finest in all of England. Boyband One Direction thought it had the love factor and shot the video to their song, You and I here (perhaps you could serenade the object of your affections in similar style? Just an idea...). Stroll through the ornamental gardens or take to the water at the re-vamped Marine Lake, before a promenade and proposal on the pier.

Clevedon pier

Image - Clevedon pier

3. A restaurant

If food is the way to your partner’s heart, dazzle them with some delicious nosh in one of Bristol’s romantic eateries. From the Michelin-starred likes of Casamia, to twinkly poolside tapas at the Lido, gaze into your partner’s eyes over a long lingering dinner before summoning up the courage to ask them to be yours forever.

2. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Views like this are hard to top. From any angle – above, below, the Leigh Woods side or looking down from the Clifton Observatory, Brunel’s mighty suspension bridge is hypnotic in its splendour. Drink in the view of the dramatic Avon Gorge together, before putting the icing on the cake and asking your partner that question.

Clifton Suspension bridge

Image - Clifton Suspension Bridge, photo credit Tamany Baker

1. In a hot air balloon

Provided your partner isn’t scared of heights, this is the ultimate romantic gesture. Soar over Bristol’s photogenic landscape, for an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience, then in the quiet, still air that comes with floating this high above the Earth, you’ll have to give up those views for a moment as you get down on one knee. Celebrate with a glass of Champers as you touch down after your flight. Bailey BalloonsBristol Balloons and Elite Air (UK) Ltd all offer Champagne packages. Love truly is in the air.

Bristol Balloon champagne ride

Image - Hot air balloon over Bristol, photo credit Paul Box

For even more starry-eyed declarations of love you could hire a tandem bicycle, declare your love upon the deck of Brunel’s SS Great Britain (also a popular wedding venue), ask for your partner's hand while gazing over beautiful panoramic views from the top of Cabot Tower or head east to lovely Troopers Hill Nature Reserve.


Bristol Zoo Gardens
Animal Collection
Bristol Zoo Gardens Gorilla

Discover hundreds of incredible animal species from across the globe, set in 12 acres of award-winning gardens – the perfect fresh-air destination.

The Lido - Bristol
The Lido - Bristol

Dating back to 1849, the Lido in Bristol is one of the oldest surviving Lido’s in the UK, allowing year round swimming.

Camera Obscura and Museum
Clifton Observatory

William West's Camera Obscura is now 1 of only 3 working Camera Obscuras in the UK. This marvellous piece of Victorian engineering has sat on ton of Clifton Observatory’s tower since 1828.

Bailey Balloons
Bailey Balloon
Virgin Balloon Flights
Virgin Balloon Flights

With Virgin Balloon Flights, you're unlikely to get a better perspective of the Clifton Suspension Bridge than when taking off from Ashton Court Mansion and floating gently away to reveal a panoramic view of the bridge spanning the beautiful Avon Gorge.

Bristol Tandem Hire
Tandem by Clifton Suspension Bridge

Couples, friends, families, groups … Bristol Tandem Hire has great tandem bikes for you to rent. Easy booking, bespoke service. A fun way to explore the best of Bristol/Bath/ Somerset.

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Historic Ship
Brunel's SS Great Britain Bristol

Step aboard the award-winning Brunel's SS Great Britain for a ship shape and Bristol fashion day out!

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill Bristol

Cabot Tower is a century-old 105ft tower, set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End.

Cabot Circus
Shop/Shopping Centre
Cabot Circus

Under cover award winning shopping centre in Bristol, offering all well known high street stores, boutiques, cafes, restaurants and Cinema de Lux, split over 4 levels. Open from 10.00am until 8.00pm Monday to Saturday and 11.00am until 5.00pm on Sun

Troopers Hill Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Troopers Hill Nature Reserve (c) Visit Bristol

An award-winning local nature reserve and former mine in east Bristol that overlooks the River Avon.