The ultimate Instagram tour of Bristol
If you are addicted to Instagram, make the most of your visit to Bristol by following the ultimate Instagram tour of the city to ensure you have loads of great snaps to fill your Instagram feed.
Start with an early morning swim at the Lido, not only will the water in this open aired pool wake you up but will leave you ravenous for one of the on site restaurants beautiful breakfasts. If you have more time on your hands, come here in the evening for a swim, dinner and cocktails by the pool.
After drying off and filling up on food, head down Queen’s Road to the Clifton Triangle, home to Bristol universities iconic Wills Memorial Building. The Neo Gothic architecture alone is reason to get snap happy, but for history buffs there is also a on site museum that regularly hosts different exhibitions.
Head down the steep hill that is Park Street, one of Bristol’s famous shopping streets, and turn right by Nando’s. Sloping up the hill behind the main street is Brandon Hill Park, where winding paths snake up to the impressive Cabot Tower, where you can wind your way up the steep spiral staircase to the top which offers stunning views over south Bristol and is the setting of many a romantic wedding proposal.
Heading back down the hill and onto Park Street, keep your eye out for one of Banksy’s most famous murals on the left hand side. Although in recent years the depiction of a cheating wife’s lover hanging from their bedroom has been vandalised by paint filled balloons, the artwork has been tidies up and restored as best possible.
On the right hand side is one of Bristol’s most loved parks, and home to some of its summer festivals; College Green. This triangular green space is bordered to the North West by the Council Offices, an impressive building which is even more beautiful if you are lucky enough to see inside the highly decorated Council chamber. To the South is another impressive insta-worthy building; Bristol Cathedral. If you are visiting on a summer’s day then why not grab a gelato from Bristol’s finest dessert shop; Swoon, the perfect accessory to your summer snaps.
Cut down the path to the left of the Cathedral and cross the road to Millennium Square for a splash in the mirrored fountains. The oversized disco ball that is the Planetarium makes for a great shot, as well as the ubiquitous posed shot of the sign pointing to Uranus!
If you still haven’t had your fill of water, then make your way across Pelo’s Bridge, uniquely designed to commemorate one of Bristol’s famous slaves, to get a stunning view of the houseboats moored in the middle of the harbour. If you are visiting in July expect bunting, fairy lights and flags to adorn each boat as it celebrates the historic Harbour Festival.
Following the river to the right will take you past the Arnolfini art gallery and event space and over the river again. Keeping right you will pass by MShed, a museum depicting the history of the city, and the SS Great Britain. The SS Great Britain was is one of the most historically important ships in the world, and serves as both a maritime museum, reminder of Bristol’s past as a major port and a great place to run around pretending you are a pirate!
Continuing along the waterside you will see the multicoloured terrace houses that cascade down the hills of Cliftonwood and Hotwells on the opposite side of the river, perhaps a stop at newly refurbished pub; The Cottage, for a drink and a rest is advised. As well as serving a range of good quality cold beverages, its outdoor terrace is a fantastic place to watch locals messing about on the river. Everything from narrowboats to dinghy’s, people love to be out on the water. One of the greatest activities to get involved in if you have time is a stand up paddle board yoga session, what else is more zen than practising your _______ whilst floating about.
Ashton Court Estate is the perfect location for a late afternoon stroll. One of Bristol’s fabulous green spaces, this once _______ estate is open for the public to roam, cycle through or play golf in. Most of the _____ acres are set as meadow, with wildflowers and long grass creating the perfect setting for pictures of hands running through the grass.
At the north entrance to the estate, up into Leigh Woods, a magnificent coach house arches over the tree lined avenue, affording another great photo opportunity.
At this point you will want to head back towards Clifton, making your way over the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge which spans the Avon Gorge. During the balloon fiesta in August this is a great location to snap the hundreds of hot air balloons that ascend during the weekend. Right by the bridge is the Clifton Observatory, another iconic Bristol building, the location of which is perfect for an evening barbecue. Head into the observatory itself to get a great view of the suspension bridge, then head down 61 metres into the rock through to the Giant’s cave which opens out halfway down the cliff face.
At sunset there is only one place you want to be; Avon Gorge Hotel. The most beautifully positioned outdoor bar on the edge of the cliff with spectacular views over the suspension bridge and down the gorge towards town. This is the location for the perfect sunset selfie!
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