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10 best things to do in Clifton, Bristol

Updated: Nov 15, 2019

Whether you're here of a fleeting visit or you're a local looking for new activities, Clifton has some hidden treasures! Of course, we think the most fun thing to do in Clifton is have a photoshoot, whether you're on your own, with a loved one or the whole family make a day of it and enjoy all that beautiful Clifton has to offer…

10. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Within the walls of the stunning Edwardian building, you will find a treasure trove of art, sculpture and ancient artifacts. While you're in the area, pop next door to The Wills Memorial Building for a tower tour of this Bristol landmark.

9. Cabot Tower

If you want to get a great view of the whole city, atop Cabot tower is the place to be! A word of warning though, there are steps... a lot of them! Make a day of it and enjoy a picnic on Brandon Hill and take a stroll around the park with the kids if your legs aren't too tired from climbing the tower!

8.University of Bristol Botanic Garden

This is a hidden treasure tucked away in Stoke Bishop, just 'behind' The Downs. It's a haven of green space, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life. With over 4,500 species of plants crammed into 1.77 hectares of garden, the collections are impressive and varied. Marvel at the cacti, succulents and tropical collections in the glasshouses and learn about local flora and rare native species in the outdoor garden.

7. The Clifton Arcade

Step into this unique Victorian shopping arcade and discover a cluster of artisan stores. Dig for vintage treasures in Jemima Rose Vintage or stop for tea and cake at one of Bristol's busiest and best-loved cafes.

6. Clifton Observatory & Camera Obscura

Set in a striking 18th-century windmill, Clifton Observatory features a viewing platform and a rare camera obscura. Bristol's camera obscura is one of only two in England open to the public, making a visit well worthwhile. The camera uses a convex lens and sloping mirror to project an image of the outside world on to a white surface inside a dark room.

5. Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and well & truly earns a place on this list! They're champions of conservation and have helped save over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild! A perfect place to while away the hours getting up close and personal with animals from all corners of the world.

4. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Bristol's best-known landmark and a visual symbol for the city. Have you even been to Bristol if you haven't crossed the Clifton Suspension bridge?

3. Clifton Downs

This area of protected parkland is right on the edge of the city. It's the perfect place to hang out on a summer day or take the dog for a walk on a misty morning. It hosts a range of events and activities throughout the year. Legends such as Massive Attack, Ms Lauyrn Hill & Grace Jones have stepped into the stage at The Downs Festival over the years.

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2. The Lido

An urban oasis tucked inside a courtyard of Georgian Terraces. With its outdoor heated pool, spa, sauna, hot tub, steam room and restaurant you'll be hard pushed to find a more relaxing place in Clifton!

1. Clifton Photographic

Alma Road has been our home for the past 18 years. From makeover experiences which include professional makeup and hairstyling to family sessions and themed shoots for kids, we have something for everyone! If you want to try something new and have a fun day out then you'll be in safe hands with the leading portrait studio in the southwest - the team at Clifton Photographic!

To book a shoot call the studio on 0117 909 8985 or request a call back




We are the leading portrait studio in the southwest and we want to make a portrait that will warm your heart and fill you with joy

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