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One thing we both love about cities is the views you’re able to see when up high.

Being able to see the rooftops for miles, sometimes framed by a sunset or bright blue skies, is just magical… and very romantic!

We can recommend five places where we think you’ll get to see the absolute best views in Bristol and we hope you’ll agree they each offer something unique.

1. Clifton Observatory

Clifton Suspension Bridge

At Clifton Observatory, the clue really is in the name. From here, you’ll get unparalleled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, as well as of Avon Gorge and the Bristol city skyline.

For the best view, make sure you come on a clear day so you can see for miles.

Although you can pay to go up to the top of Clifton Observatory itself, you can also see amazing views from the lawn in front of the observatory… for FREE!

Insider Tip: This is also one of the best places to come if you want to see the hot air balloons from the International Balloon Fiesta without actually going into the festival itself.

2. Giant’s Cave

Found on the Clifton Observatory plot, you can head inside Giant’s Cave for as little as £2.50 each (or £4 each to gain access to the cave and Clifton Observatory).

Once you’ve climbed down the 200+ steep (and very narrow!) steps to the bottom, you’ll be able to get panoramic views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and Avon Gorge.

It’s safe to say that heading to Giant’s Cave offers some of the more unique views of the bridge compared with what you usually see plastered across Instagram.

And if you’re wondering about the name, well legend has it that Bristol was once home to two giants, Goram and Ghyston, and this cave was supposedly their home.

3. Cabot Tower

Admire the views from the top of Cabot Tower

Cabot Tower, found in Brandon Hill Park and not far from the city centre, is free to go up and has 360 degree views across the Bristol skyline and further afield.

There’s over 100 narrow steps to climb up the winding staircase, but the views are definitely worth it when you get to the top (especially on a clear day or at sunset).

If the climb isn’t quite for you, then you can also see some great views of Bristol from Brandon Hill Park itself as well.

4. Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge at night

Where usually Clifton Suspension Bridge dominates Bristol’s skyline, you can also see some excellent views of Avon Gorge and Bristol’s rooftops from the bridge itself.

Personally, we’d recommend coming here at night so that you can see all the sparkling lights of Bristol… it’s very pretty and won’t cost you a penny! A must for first time visitors

5. Leigh Woods

Not only does Leigh Woods offer a fantastic walk (especially in the spring when the bluebells are out), but it also has some of the most unique and best views in Bristol.

Along the trail from the car park, there’s a signposted viewpoint of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Sometimes the viewpoint is slightly overgrown, which does affect how much of the bridge you’ll see, but that’s just an excuse to come in multiple seasons, right?!


Do you know of any other places that have the best views in Bristol? Let us know in the comments below…

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