We all need time to relax and recharge, and with recent news of Bristol being crowned the healthiest city in the UK, there’s no better place to take some time away from technology and chill out for a few hours...

Lido spa

The outdoor pool at The Lido

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.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill, Credit: Paul Box

Leigh Woods

Leigh woods, located just over Bristol’s 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. 

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. 

Chew Valley

Chew Valley Lake, Credit: Blue O'Connor

Ashton Court Estate 

Once the gracious home of the Smyth family, Ashton Court Estate 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, Ashton Court is the ideal place to immerse yourself in nature and unwind, with gorgeous views to match.  

Food & drink

St Nicholas Markets

If you’re looking for some wholesome and locally-sourced food, head down to St Nicholas Markets 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.

St Nicholas Markets

St Nicholas Markets

You & Meow Cat Café

You & Meow, Bristol’s first cat café, is a great spot for those looking to relax in the company of cats whilst savouring a wide selection of teas and cakes.

You & Meow claim to gain inspiration from Japanese Zen Gardens, offering customers tranquillity in their chilled-out atmosphere. 

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.

Relaxation & spas

The 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 The National Restaurant Awards in 2015, and Square Meals’ Top 100 UK Restaurants.

Lido dine and swim

Poolside dining at The Lido, Credit: The Lido

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel Spa

The Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel, centrally located and highly acclaimed, offers a spa experience for anyone who needs some time to relax and unwind.

Equipped with a swimming pool, spa bath, steam room and sauna, the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel is sure to accommodate you with stress-free therapy. 

Bristol Harbour Hotel Spa 

Conveniently located on Corn Street, Bristol Harbour Hotel 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. 

>>> See more of Bristol's Spa and Wellbeing options

Spa at Bristol Harbour Hotel

The spa at Bristol Harbour Hotel, Credit: Bristol Harbour Hotel

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 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on their 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.  

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. 

>>> Find out more about Bristol's sacred places

Planetarium At-Bristol 

At-Bristol’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. 

Planetarium

The Planetarium at At-Bristol

Accommodation & Campsites

212 Eco House

This self-contained guesthouse, tucked down a lane around the corner from Gloucester Road, is an impressive eco-friendly house built from sustainable and reclaimed materials.

With internal walls made from mud and straw and all its furniture upcycled and locally-sourced, 212 Eco House may be Bristol’s ultimate oasis of calm.

Camp Baboon 

Bristol’s answer to glamping is here with the arrival of Camp Baboon, a brand-new camping experience that brings you up-close to wildlife.

Along with comfy beds, warm furnishings and a private shower room, you have the chance to stay amongst the exotic and endangered animals at Wild Place Project.

Camp Baboon

Camp Baboon

The Lodge at Bristol Zoo 

The Lodge at Bristol Zoo is a secluded safari lodge offering exclusive access to the Zoo after hours.

Dine in style with your own chef, watch the sunset over the Zoo, and eat your breakfast with the gorillas. A unique, central getaway with added luxuries and wildlife at your window. 

Ennywevvers 

Claiming to be Bristol’s best kept secret, Ennywevvers is offering locals a quick escape away from the hustle and bustle with a unique inner-city campsite.

Surrounded by woodland and streams, and with access to cycle routes and footpaths, you are given full reign to explore the green heart of St Werburghs.

>>> Take a look at Bristol's other campsites and alternative accommodation

Ennywevvers

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. 

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. 

SUP yoga

SUP Paddleboarding

Explore Bristol by bike 

Discover the beauty of the city on wheels by hiring a tandem with Bristol Tandem Hire. Follow one of their carefully chosen routes away from the traffic, taking you to rural locations as well as some of the best pubs in Bristol.

Alternatively, you can choose one of their hampers, filled with quality food from Bristol’s independents foodies. Ideal for anyone up for getting off Bristol’s beaten track.

>>> Find out more about cycling in Bristol

Related

Brandon Hill Nature Reserve
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill Nature Park is located in the city-centre and is a haven for wildlife. During spring and summer there are many beautiful flowers that blossom here in the park, which give the park some colour.

Ashton Court Estate
Garden
Ashton Court Estate Bristol

Historic 850-acre parkland with mansion, two pitch-and-putt golf courses, deer park, miniature railway, orienteering and nature trails

St Nicholas Market
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St Nicks Market Corn St

Established in 1743 St Nicholas Market is the oldest and best loved market in Bristol, famous for some of the best food in the city.

The Lido
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The Lido Spa Bristol

Bristol’s most unique spa destination, featuring a pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna, spa, restaurant bar and terrace

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Hotel
The Mercure Grand hotel Bristol

The four-star Mercure Bristol Grand on Broad Street, Bristol has had an extensive makeover giving the historic Grade II listed building a stylish and distinctive new look and feel.

Bristol Harbour Hotel
Hotel
Bristol Harbour Hotel - Exterior

With 42 luxury bedrooms, some with spectacular views over St Nicholas Market and Bristol Crown Court, you will feel instantly relaxed as you settle into your surroundings.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Museum
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Museum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in a magnificent building

John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'
Church/Chapel
John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

The oldest Methodist building in the world, constructed as a meeting room and accommodation after Wesley began to preach in 1739.

Bristol Cathedral
Cathedral/Minster
Bristol Cathedral

Much more than a fascinating building, being a fine example of a hall church, it is a centre of Bristol's history, civic life and culture.

We The Curious
Science Centre
We The Curious North Gallery

We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol Science Centre) is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

212 Eco House
Guest House
212 Eco House

Lovely quiet self-contained guesthouse set in a pretty garden. Perfect for couples, families and groups of friends. Set behind the wonderful Room 212 gallery on famous Gloucester Road.

Camp Baboon at Wild Place
Camping
Camp Baboon Wild Place Project

Camp in a luxury cabin amongst the exotic and endangered animals at Wild Place Project.

The Lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Serviced Apartment
The Lodge at Bristol Zoo Gardens

The Lodge offers luxury accommodation and exotic animals just outside your window. With exclusive access to the Zoo when all is quiet, the real adventure begins when you go behind-the-scenes to meet some of the Zoo’s best loved animals.

Ennywevvers
Camping & Caravan Site
Ennywevvers

Bristol's only campsite. A haven for cyclists and ramblers, set off the beaten track in the lush and beautiful heart of St Werburghs. Camping and Glamping available.

SUP Bristol - Stand Up Paddleboarding
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
SUP Bristol - Stand Up Paddleboarding

Try stand up paddleboarding with SUP Bristol and see Bristol Floating Harbour from a truly unique angle. Explore the vibrant and historic Harbourside with SUP Bristol's expert and enthusiastic instructors to show you the ropes.

Bristol Tandem Hire
Cycle
Bristol Tandem Hire

They offer high spec tandems to hire, for you to explore the city, the region or even further. Discover the fun of riding a tandem for yourselves. Twice as nice.