Despite Bristol’s cool, trendy and edgy reputation, there are still lots of romantic things to do in Bristol for couples. And some fun ones too, of course!
My husband and I have lived in and around Bristol for well over a decade now and we can’t wait to tell you all about our favourite dates and fun things to do here.
Read on for the full list or jump straight to the types of date nights you’d most like to try together in Bristol:
- Cosy & romantic dates
- Fun & adventurous dates
- Creative & cultural dates
- Where to spend time in nature together
- Bristol date ideas for foodies
Cosy & Romantic Date Nights in Bristol
Admire the city views from the top of Cabot Tower
Cabot Tower in Brandon Hill Park is free to go up and has incredible views across the city.
If you and your partner are happy to climb the narrow and spiralling 108 steps to the top, then – on a clear day – you won’t be disappointed by the views!
The tower is usually closed by 6 pm (it used to stay open much later than that). But you can still enjoy a sunset from the top if you visit in the winter months.
Or, you can admire the city views and then enjoy a sunset together in Brandon Hill Park (where the tower is located) later in the evening.
Take a picnic to some of the best sunset spots in and around the city
If you’d rather enjoy a more relaxed sunset view in Bristol, then there are lots of places you can go together. A few of our favourites include:
This spot overlooks the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Once the sun goes down, you can enjoy the city lights together at night, which is just as romantic as a sunset.
Climb to the top of the 190-foot-high Troopers Hill in St George for one of the best sunset and stargazing spots in Bristol.
The harbourside is a great place to go with your partner as you can enjoy a relaxing walk, grab a drink in one of the pubs and watch the sunset together. There are multiple benches along the riverside as well as ample room for sitting on the edge of the river with your legs dangling over.
The Downs (consisting of Durdham Down and Clifton Down) sit at the edge of the city. From here, you can enjoy stunning views across Bristol and Avon Gorge (with the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the distance).
Visit Arnos Vale Cemetery for a memorable outdoor cinema date
Throughout the year, Arnos Vale Cemetery often hosts outdoor cinema nights. Don’t worry… they don’t just play horror movies here!
If you want to cosy up together under the stars and blankets (with one or two graves nearby), then grab your favourite drinks and snacks and enjoy a quirky date night in this unusual venue.
Keep an eye on the cemetery’s ‘Events’ page to find out when their next cinema night is. They also host various walking tours and ghost tours throughout the year if that’s more your cup of tea.
Fun & Adventurous Bristol Date Ideas
Try urban axe throwing for the first time
As of a few years ago, Bristol is now home to its very own urban axe throwing venue at Whistle Punks.
Urban axe throwing is a lot of fun, and because no under-18s are even allowed inside the building, it makes for a very fun and adventurous date idea.
If you’ve never heard of urban axe throwing before then it’s a little like archery in that you’re aiming at a target for points. But the difference is (obviously) that you’re throwing axes rather than shooting arrows.
Be amazed at the ‘Wake the Tiger’ amazement park
The ‘Wake the Tiger’ amazement park opened in the summer of 2022 – and it’s an incredible place to visit!
While you could argue it’s an immersive art experience, it actually feels like you’re entering a magical world.
Where trees and mushrooms pulsate like they have heartbeats and where rooms are flipped upside down.
You can read our full review here. But the short answer is: ‘Wake the Tiger’ simply has to go on your date night bucket list!
Head to an arcade or game bar
If you like the sound of the urban axe throwing we mentioned earlier, then the good news is that there are lots more fun things to do in Bristol for couples like this.
Why not head to an arcade or game bar to try your hand at bowling, darts, hitting home runs from inside a batting cage and even curling?
Play board games at a board game cafe or bar
Or, for a more relaxed game night, why not play some board games at a board game cafe or bar? There are a few in Bristol – and they’re quite popular!
Act like big kids at an indoor trampoline park
Why not add a dose of nostalgia to your next date night by heading to an indoor trampoline park? They’re so much fun!
And they’re about much more than just bouncing up and down on a trampoline. You can try to sink basketballs into hoops while bouncing up and down or race up a “trampoline” wall among other things.
Try some watersports at the Harbourside
Being a port city, Bristol is as synonymous with the water as it is with bridges, balloons and Banksy.
So, what could be more fun than trying some epic watersports together at the Harbourside?
From paddleboarding and rowing to sailing and powerboating, there are plenty of things you can try together.
Try something fun and exciting at the Bristol Activity Centre
Speaking of trying something new, the Bristol Activity Centre near Cribbs Causeway is home to various activities you might want to try together – from paintballing and clay pigeon shooting to quad biking and archery.
And the best bit? You don’t have to join large groups of people for every activity.
When we booked in for quad biking, we were with just one other couple. While it was just the two of us (plus the instructor) for the clay pigeon shooting.
Spoiler: Scott was awesome at both and I was… a bit rubbish. But it was still a lot of fun!
Ride in a hot air balloon over the city
Seeing as Bristol is the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, it seems only natural to include a hot air balloon ride over the city on this list of Bristol date ideas.
Try escaping from a locked room together
Escape rooms have sprung up all over the country and we’ve enjoyed several of them within Bristol itself.
Sadly, our favourite (PuzzLair) is now closed. But some of our other favourites include City Mazes, Escape Hunt and Locked In A Room. So, go have some fun trying to escape from a locked room together!
Psst! If you’d rather stay in for date night, then you might also enjoy an at-home escape room experience. Here’s our review of one we recently tried (and loved!)
Head to a free festival together
Right here in Bristol, you have so many opportunities to attend free festivals throughout the year.
Keep an eye on this page so you know when they’re coming up – and enjoy lots of free and fun activities together!
Head to a comedy club or stand-up comedy show
Why not head to the Rip Roar Comedy Club near the Harbourside for a few laughs together?
It’s a small club, but the seating areas are quite private, so you’ll enjoy just chilling out and watching some comedy together.
Watch out for the comedians picking on you, though. They’re likely to if you’re clearly on a date!
We’ve seen various live comedians in Bristol, such as Marcus Brigstocke, Russell Howard, and most recently, Michael McIntyre (who actually started his ‘Big World Tour’ in Bristol!)
How lucky are we to have access to so much comedy and fun stuff in our hometown?
Play some mini golf together
Miniature golf (or crazy golf) is a firm favourite when it comes to date ideas. And Bristol has lots of fabulous mini golf options!
Listed below are four of our favourite mini golf places in Bristol and the reasons why.
Caddy Gilmore’s in Hambrook used to be called Pirate Bay Adventure Golf, but it’s now under new ownership and totally revamped.
There are now two different mini golf courses to choose from: Around the World and Kong. Both have 18 holes.
Our favourite of the two was the ‘Around the World’ course (surprise, surprise!) where you’ll find mini landmarks and decorations to show that you’re travelling from China to India to Egypt and beyond.
This course also has moving structures to add to the fun and difficulty!
The Kong course is probably best for those who want a simpler course, although there are still lots of fun elements like pulley boats and even a jeep ramp.
Mr Mulligans near Cribbs Causeway is one of our most recent finds!
Once again, you have two mini golf courses to choose from: Loco and Zoro. Both have 12 holes.
If memory serves, Loco is a destination-inspired one with lighthouses and Ferris wheels. While Zoro was themed around games like basketball and shuffleboard.
Both courses are very good, but naturally, our favourite was the destination-themed one.
Given that Mr Mulligans is principally a bar (with darts on offer too!), this place is definitely geared more towards adults than children. Perfect for a Bristol date night!
Congo Falls Adventure Golf
Another of our favourite mini golf places in Bristol is Congo Falls Adventure Golf in Stockwood. This one is an 18-hole course.
Thanks to the gushing waterfalls and babbling brooks throughout the course, this one reminds us of what the Pirate Bay Adventure Golf in Hambrook used to look like.
Finally, if you’re looking for a more central Bristol date idea, then Jungle Rumble in Cabot Circus is a great option.
Once again, you have two mini golf courses to choose from: Swamp and Jungle. Both of which have 18 holes.
While you won’t find as many moving holes as some of the other mini golf places we’ve mentioned, the dark lighting, palm trees and tiki huts you’ll find here make for a fun date night.
Have a splash about in the Bristol Lido
If you’re both a bit sporty and don’t mind stripping off a little in front of each other, then a swim in the Bristol Lido in Clifton can be a really romantic thing to do in Bristol (especially at night in the glow of the surrounding restaurant windows).
You could also complete your date with a bite to eat in one of the restaurants. And why not tack on a couples massage while you’re at it? You could easily spend the entire day relaxing here together.
Head to some of Bristol’s live music venues
Be a tourist for the day
When was the last time you visited the SS Great Britain? Or The Matthew? Or the M Shed? Have you ever visited these places?
Sometimes, it’s so easy to forget to explore your hometown like you would when visiting a new city, so why not take some time this weekend and be a tourist for the day?
Our list of some of the best things to do for first time visitors to Bristol will hopefully give you some ideas.
Cycle to Bath together via the Bristol to Bath Railway Path
Ahh Bristol, it just wouldn’t be the same without hundreds of bicycles, would it? So, why not hop on your bike (or rent one!) and cycle to Bath together?
Even if you’re not used to cycling, you’ll probably find it only takes you about 90 minutes or so to get to Bath. And the best bit? Most of it is via a cycle path thanks to the Bristol to Bath Railway Path.
Once you’re in Bath, you can either chill out in Royal Victoria Park together with a picnic or be a tourist for the day.
Check out our one-day Bath itinerary for some ideas of what you can see and do there.
Enjoy an epic day trip together
Speaking of day trips, we’re very lucky in Bristol because we have such great connections to the north, east, south and west via the M4 and M5.
Why not make the most of this with an epic day trip together? We’d be here for a while sharing all the best day trips, so check out this list if you’re interested in doing this for your next date day!
Try “alphabet dating” in and around Bristol
When we were recently looking for some more Bristol date ideas to try and then tell you about, we wandered across an interesting discussion on Reddit. One of the users mentioned something called “alphabet dating”, so we just had to find out more!
The idea is pretty simple: you start with the letter A and try different dates and activities beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
Sound interesting? Here’s a fun list of “alphabet dating” ideas you might want to try! You’ll have to think about what you can do in and around Bristol, but this could be a really fun way to try something new and exciting together.
Creative & Cultural Date Nights in Bristol
Discover Bristol street art together
Not only is Bristol the home of the International Balloon Fiesta, but it’s also the home of Banksy (or at least it used to be).
He was born and grew up here, so some of his earliest and unknown works of art can be found throughout Bristol.
Although you can embark on a guided walking tour like this one (it’s the best and most popular Banksy tour in Bristol!), finding street art on your own might be more romantic.
Cosy up together during a guided ghost tour
Speaking of walking tours, there’s also a really fun ghost tour you can do in Bristol.
This tour takes you to a whopping 17 different haunted locations in Bristol, such as Bristol Cathedral (where the tour starts), the Christmas Steps, Bristol Old Vic, Queens Square and more.
Just be prepared to squeeze each other’s hands tightly as you hear some gruesome and grizzly tales!
Search for secrets and hidden gems around the city
Have you both lived in Bristol for a long time? Are you fed up of doing the same old things all the time? And are you interested in hidden gems and curious facts?
If you answered “yes” to all of these, then you’ll probably enjoy finding all the secret spots and hidden gems Bristol has to offer.
- 20 Bristol Secrets & Hidden Gems You Must Discover!
- 23 Epic Facts About Bristol (You’ll Never Believe #6!)
Try a self-guided mystery outdoor game
Speaking of finding hidden gems, another way to do this is with a self-guided city tour – especially ones that turn it into a kind of game.
Here’s a fun one for Bristol where you solve clues and puzzles to unlock different locations and secret spots throughout the city. It’s a fun way to get around while learning something new about your hometown.
Wander around the Bristol Aquarium together
Another Bristol date idea is to wander around the Aquarium together.
It has all the usual marine life you expect, but what’s really cool are the deckchairs in the greenhouse.
On a warm day, it can be really relaxing lounging on them (providing the aquarium isn’t overrun with screaming children, of course!)
Visit one of Bristol’s many museums and art galleries together
If you’re both into culture, art or history, then you could easily spend several date days or date nights wandering around the many museums and art galleries Bristol has to offer.
This is especially handy if you need an indoor date because it’s chucking it down with rain outside!
Our favourites are:
- Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (look out for the Banksy statue here!)
- Arnolfini Art Gallery
- M Shed (where you’ll find another Banksy!)
Try an adults-only night at We The Curious Science Museum (currently closed)
Speaking of museums in Bristol, We The Curious (formerly known as At-Bristol) is a science museum that children love. But every few months or so, they put on adults-only nights (events that are called After Hours).
These are great fun as you can explore the museum and catch a Planetarium show as normal — but without kids around and with a few beers in hand.
Please note that We The Curious is currently closed following a big fire they had in April 2022. At the time of writing, they’re planning on reopening this summer.
Enjoy a night at the theatre together
Bristol is also home to several excellent theatres where you can enjoy anything from large shows and musicals on tour from the West End to more intimate shows with local theatre groups.
Where To Spend Time in Nature Together
Enjoy a romantic walk through Leigh Woods
There are lots of places where you can enjoy a romantic walk together in Bristol. One of our favourites is Leigh Woods.
It’s not too busy here and the walk is fairly easy and flat. Plus there’s a fab viewpoint of the Clifton Suspension Bridge! Why not come here in the spring months and see it turn into a beautiful bluebell wood?
Go on an epic walk or hike somewhere else!
If you’ve already wandered through Leigh Woods plenty of times before, then there are lots of places you can go together in Bristol.
Some of our favourite walks nearby are:
- Conham River Park & Avon Valley Walk
- Golden Valley and Wick Quarry Circular
- Swineford Circular
- Bath Skyline Walk
You might also enjoy the walk to Eagle’s Nest viewpoint in the Wye Valley, which is just 30 minutes away by car.
Picnic in Castle Park or any green space
Picnics on a warm spring or summer day are always an epic date idea – and Bristol has lots of choices when it comes to picnic spots.
Castle Park is easy to get to and is fairly central, as is Queens Park, while Brandon Hill Park is great for city views.
There are plenty of other green spaces and parks in Bristol, though, so grab your picnic and go and scout them out together!
Wander around the Bristol Zoo Project together
If you both enjoy seeing animals and wildlife, then you might enjoy the Bristol Zoo Project (formerly the Wild Place Project) near Cribbs Causeway.
Here, you can wander through the various areas of the park to see brown bears (these were our favourite!), giraffes, lemurs, cheetahs and more.
And the best bit? This attraction is focused on conservation and protecting these animals, so you’ll learn a lot about that during your visit too.
Bristol Date Ideas For Foodies
Tuck into a delicious meal aboard a historic steam train
In Bristol, you have lots of opportunities to enjoy a bite to eat or afternoon tea together. But did you know you can also dine on a historic train?
This museum looks after historic steam trains from the early 1900s and it’s a lot of fun to dine aboard the trains.
We’ve even enjoyed a festive afternoon tea and Murder Mystery dining experience before. How’s that for a fun and unique date night in Bristol?
Eat authentic Italian food in a cosy restaurant
Italy is the country of love, right? Or is it just us who think that?
Anyway, if you love Italian food, and want to gaze into each other’s eyes across a table in a cosy and very authentic restaurant, then there are a few options within Bristol for you to enjoy. Within the city centre, we’d highly recommend Ciao Amici near the Hippodrome.
Is Italian food not for you? We’ve shared some of our other favourite restaurants in our Bristol city guide.
Sip cocktails in a sexy speakeasy
Relax in the leather armchairs, drink cocktails and enjoy getting to know each other while surrounded by super lush decor.
Catch a boat to Beese’s Riverside Bar in the summer
One of our favourite things to do in Bristol together is to catch a boat across part of the River Avon to Beese’s Riverside Bar in the summer.
Before you catch the boat, you can enjoy a wander through the charming Conham River Park and then you can enjoy a drink and some food in Beese’s beer garden, which overlooks the river. It’s such a relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon!
Note: Due to the high river levels through the winter, Beese’s is only open during the spring and summer months. It looks like they’ll open again on March 29th this year.
Sip locally crafted gin at a gin-tasting event
Did you know Bristol is home to a couple of gin distilleries and breweries?
Both of them have brewery tours and gin-tasting events throughout the week that you can book in advance. So, if you both like a gin-based tipple, why not book a tour for your next date night?
Enjoy a self-guided craft beer tour
Speaking of tipples, maybe craft beer is more to your liking? In that case, why not try a self-guided craft beer tour on your next date night instead?
This one even comes with an audio tour and the opportunity to try three different craft beers from local breweries.
And if all that has gone well…
BONUS: Shop for engagement rings in Clifton Village
Okay, so we obviously threw this one in for a bit of a laugh!
But in all seriousness, Clifton Village is a superb place to have a mooch about. And hey, if things really have gone well so far, maybe you can shop for engagement rings?
And what’s great about shopping here is that the ring you choose is likely to be much more unique than one bought from a large jewellery chain.
Read More About Bristol
If you’re interested in reading more about Bristol and our favourite things to do in and around the city, then we have plenty more blog posts for you to read:
- A Local’s Guide To Bristol: Insider Tips + Things To Do
- Banksy in Bristol: 3 Walking Tours (With Printable Maps!)
- 75 Unmissable Things To Do in Bristol For First Time Visitors
- 30 Free Things To Do in Bristol (Written By A Local!)
- How To Spend One Day in Bristol (Itinerary & Tips From A Local)
- 23 Best Day Trips From Bristol (Suggestions From A Local)
And what about if the weather’s really rubbish and you really don’t want to leave the house? Check out these fun stay at home date ideas!
We hope these Bristol date ideas offer some inspiration for all of the romantic things you can do in Bristol. Which do you think you might try first? And did we leave out something epic? Let us know in the comments below…
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