Arnos Vale & Brislington

Heading east out of the city on the main A4 road towards Bath, you'll encounter Arnos Vale, the eastern suburb of Brislington, and scenic countryside.

Discover attractions and activities away from the usual tourist hotspots of the city centre, from steam railways to relaxing boat trips to riverside gardens. 

Glass & gothic: Arnos Vale

It is here that you will find the original Bristol Blue Glass Factory and Shop. Bristol Blue Glass has been famous in the city for the past four centuries, and today you can watch the skilled glassmakers keep the tradition alive, or even book onto a glass making workshop yourself! Directly opposite is Arnos Vale Cemetery, a resting place for the who's who of Victorian Bristol since 1837. The site offers an insight into the era of Victorian extravagance and provides a haven for wildlife spotting and leisurely strolls with trail maps and tours available. 

If you’re looking to stay in this part of the city, the 18th century Arnos Manor Hotel has plenty of space and is dog friendly, or Your Apartment have a range of serviced apartments in the area if you’re looking for a self catering option. 

Bristol’s creative district: Paintworks

Just around the corner is Paintworks, a creative quarter where workers down tools to enjoy delicious pizza from the immensely popular restaurant Bocabar, or take in regular thought-provoking photography exhibitions and talks at The Royal Photographic Society or Martin Parr Foundation

Riverside walks & an Amazement Park: Brislington

Historically more of an industrial area, some exciting attractions have started to pop up in this corner of East Bristol.  

Step into another world at Wake the Tiger, where you can explore over 40 weird and wonderful spaces, from ice caves to interactive workshops. Explore this wonderous maze in your own way, or look out for one of their seasonal events, where dressing up is most definitely encouraged!  

For beer fans, Lost and Grounded Brewers have their brewery taproom on Whitby Road, where they host regular events, from tours to dog shows, as well as live music and food pop-ups. 

There are also many green spaces worth exploring in the area, from Arnos Vale Cemetery to Callington Road Nature Reserve. You’ll also find an array of parks along both sides of the River Avon if you decide to explore further on foot or by bike, including Eastwood Farm Nature Reserve, Sparke Evans Park, Netham Park and Conham River Park. Boat trips are available from Bristol city centre to Beeses riverside pub in Conham with Bristol Ferry or Bristol Packet Boat Trips during the spring and summer months.

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