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Top Outdoor Activities In Bristol

Social distance is the buzzword of the year, and for good reason. Instead of trying to keep 2m apart while enjoying indoor activities, why not enjoy the space and fresh air, along with the natural social distance of the great outdoors this summer. Whether you’re a local exploring the beauty that’s on your doorstep or visiting Bristol for the first time, there are bound to be some hidden gems around the city for you to discover. Explore the beauty that’s right on your doorstep when you enjoy some of the top outdoor activities Bristol this summer. Don’t forget to book your stay in PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments Bristol soon, our luxury accommodation fills up fast!

Leigh Woods – 14-minute drive

Less than 15-minute drive from door to forest, Leigh Woods is a vast woodland, filled with the wonder and beauty of nature. This huge wooded area is partly managed by the National Trust and is a leafy backdrop to the Avon Gorge and the suspension bridge. Contained within the Oak, Ash and Yew trees you’ll find gorgeous walking and mountain bike trails, natural play areas and plenty of space for a picnic. If you explore at night, you’ll clearly see the stars, and some of the native fauna like owls and bats as the forest is one of the Dark Sky Discovery Sites in Bristol. If you don’t feel confident alone, ask our staff to help you arrange a guided tour in either day or night-time.

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Observatory and Rockslide – 15-minute drive

For a full day of fun and adventure, with an opportunity to take some impressive pictures, head to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of the most recognisable structures in the region. While in the area, head to the Camera Obscura at Clifton Observatory; technically not outdoors but it is a wonder that you shouldn’t miss. Between the two, you’ll find Clifton Rockslide, a sloping rock surface that has been smoothed to shiny slipperiness by decades of bottoms having fun. You could also follow the passage from the Observatory to the cave below, to get a bird’s eye view of the bridge and the Avon gorge. Warning, this isn’t for the faint of heart or those with a fear of heights!

Millennium Square – 10-minute walk

This stylish city park is a local treasure and a very popular place for locals and visitors to chill out during warm weather. Keep cool by dipping your feet into the fountain or one of the shallow pools while the children have some safe, supervised fun. Dry off afterwards outside the contemporary arts centre of Arnolfini, with your feet dangling over the edge of the harbour and a chilled pint of Bristol Ciderworks’ finest in hand. It remains to be seen if the usual summertime attractions will take place this year, like the free film screenings on Big Screen Bristol, the roller disco, the independent coffee shop, summer games and the beach club, but even if they’re closed, the park is definitely worth a visit.

Water sports in the Docks – 20-minute walk 

We may be a bustling city, but did you know that great outdoor activities like Canoeing, Sailing, Paddleboarding and windsurfing can all be enjoyed in Bristol Harbour? Dinghies, canoes, sailing, paddle boarders and windsurfers may be used from Baltic Wharf slipway and you can buy one-day licences at the Harbour Office if you are confident that you can go it alone. If you need some instruction, contact All Aboard Water Sports, who specialise in the instruction of water sports and have special sessions for Dementia patients and those with physical disabilities. They are a non-government funded organisation, so you know you’re doing your bit to give back to the community too.

If you’re looking for excellent accommodation for your trip to the city, look no further than our serviced apartments in Bristol, PREMIER SUITES. We offer the space, facilities and comfort of a true home from home so you can enjoy your stay with complete peace of mind.

We offer our best available rates exclusively on our website so make sure to book directly. We look forward to welcoming you and don’t forget to tell our friendly staff about your great outdoor adventure in Bristol!


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