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Your Clifton Landmark Bucket List
Bristol has so much more to offer than just a bunch of landmarks...
While we prefer a more foodie, drinkie, social experience, we also cannot overlook that there are some pretty insane spots that should be on anyone’s bucket list when visiting Bristol (if you haven’t already that is).
Get with the program – if you’ve been to Bristol in the past and not walked across the Suspension Bridge then you really need to. It doesn’t take long but it’s the jewel in Clifton’s heritage crown.
And if you’re super nerdy with your landmarks, then there is also a Visitor Centre (you crazy cats you).
The Clifton Observatory
In the summer months, you can enjoy a panoramic sunset over the downs and the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Regardless of the season, the views from the Clifton Observatory do not really get much better than this. Avoid if raining (just saying).
Bristol Zoo Gardens
A must while it’s still at its infamous Clifton site. News broke in 2020 that Bristol Zoo will be closing in late 2022. It will however be moving to its new home at Cribbs Causeway at the Wild Place Project.
If you’ve got a dog then you should certainly make sure you do a couple of laps of the Clifton Downs. In the winter make sure you wrap up warm as it can get pretty breezy.
In the summer months, it also plays host to many big events such as Bristol Pride & more recently Josh Eggleton’s Breaking Bread foodie pop-up.
Cliftonville is home to our 34-apartment design-led aparthotel and for good reason. It has everything you need and is like its own little neighbourhood within a neighbourhood.
It has a plethora of independent shops, cafes, restaurants, a cocktail bar and a handful of public houses. It really is just a great place.
Known for its boutique and high-end homeware shops and brimming with restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, this is a must wander for anyone staying at one of our serviced apartments in Clifton.
Royal York Crescent
Clifton’s most iconic crescent with endless views over South Bristol.
It is currently in a rather long phase of being restored so might be one to add to your list for a later date on your return.
If you’re into religious monuments, then Christ Church is a very picturesque place to spy on. Worth an Insta for sure.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
You’ll find Bristol Museum & Art Gallery next to Wills Memorial Building at the top of Park Street/on the Clifton Triangle. With lots of unusual things on display in there, it certainly is a must if you are into finding out more about the local culture.
Passing underneath, the iconic Suspension Bridge is the Avon Gorge. If you’ve not been for a stroll around the cliff tops then it’s definitely worth an hour of your time. Good for clearing your mind and getting some fresh air.
If you’re into Cathedrals (not really our thing) but this one isn’t your typical steeple or spire. Clifton Cathedral is worth a wander or pointing out if you are passing by.
Take a stroll along the cliff edge to the far corner of the Clifton Downs to Sea Walls. Here you can get an exceptional view (on a clear day) back up the Gorge towards the Suspension Bridge or in the opposite direction out towards the coastline.
Wills Memorial Building Tower
You’ll find Wills Memorial Building Tower at the top of Park Street on the Clifton Triangle. It is part of the Bristol University Campus and has famously been used for filming in blockbusters like Harry Potter.