Things To Do Outdoors in Bristol

Bristol is a wonderful green city – home to over 400 parks and green spaces - and is surrounded by glorious countryside: Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills. There are also many outdoor attractions in and around the city, plus year-round events to make the most of the fresh air and beautiful scenery.

When enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces, please do your bit to keep them beautiful for all by putting all rubbish in the nearest bins or taking it home if bins are full.

Walking and Cycling

Bristol is great for walking and cycling enthusiasts and is easily traversable on foot or by two wheels. Check out our walking and cycling pages or for more specific ideas for walks, we've got a few different blogs to spark walk inspiration including, five easy Bristol Hikes, 'Top Spring walks' and Top dog walks.

Dine in the sunshine

Bristol restaurants throughout the city and the region can offer picturesque, quirky and relaxing opportunities to eat al fresco, especially when the weather is good. Browse our list of places with outdoor dining areas, plus the best pub gardens and rooftop terraces. If some al fresco snacks is more your thing, we've pulled together some ideas for the best Bristol picnic spots to lay your blanket down and watch the world go by.

Outdoor events

Enjoy Bristol's amazing events calendar, outdoors! Experience the best of Bristol culture, sport and more whilst out in the fresh air: dive in to drive-ins, explore outdoor exhibitions, try some carpool comedy and even camp inside attractions. Check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.

Outdoor Attractions

There are many outdoor attractions in and around Bristol, such as Bristol Zoo Project,where you can wander around over 50 acres of woodland, meadows and more whilst meeting the animals.

See how many bird species you can spot at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre, explore the huge safari park and grounds at Longleat, or pay a visit to one of the National Trust properties near Bristol, such as Tyntesfield or Dyrham Park.

Want to get your blood pumping? Visit the UK’s first inland surfing lake at The Wave, or take on the high ropes at Go Ape!

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Rainy Days

Bristol is a great city to visit whatever the weather. We've compiled a list of the best indoor attractions and rainy-day activities, so you can make the most of your day without worrying about the weather.

Zoos & Aquariums

Bristol's animal attractions are world-class, and you can meet animals from all over the world including elephants, gorillas, sharks, lions and cheetahs.