Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol
Once a separate village, actually a medieval town that was damaged by prince Rupert in the 17th century during the civil war, in our days Clifton village is a beautiful district of Bristol. We loved walking around and admire the pretty Georgian houses and we stroll around several small stops with nice but expensive items. There were also many art galleries around, deli shops and some upscale restaurants and cozy cafes.
Don’t miss the Royal York Crescent, a half circle of Georgian houses (pic 3). From there you can have a great view of the York Gardens (during sunset it was so beautiful, check my main photo on my Bristol page).
Clifton is up a steep hill so maybe you want to take the bus up the hill but you can easily walk down in 15’ or you can visit the Suspension Bridge and from there you can walk along the side of the gorge over the Clifton Downs …
The Avon Gorge starting at Clifton reminded me of the Rhine Gorge in Germany but in a smaller format. There is even the road and railway built in the same way as there. You can walk in the observatory park as mentioned above, but also go much further to study the unique flora of the gorge. There are information signs here and there, telling you what you see, but also the problems the gorge face today with invading plants from elsewhere and such. If you are a rock climber, you can also climb some of the steep cliffs but for that, you'd better ask the tourist information as I don't know which ones you are allowed to climb.
Bristol's almost unique in the ratio of parkland owned by the city to the size of the population. The "Downs" (meaning "open upland") is just one part of a vast network of open space - adjoining the Downs is the Ashton Court Estate (it's separated from the Downs by the Clifton Gorge, and as a result is in a different county - but is owned by the people of Bristol) Just a short walk over the famous suspension bridge (once the highest/longest bridge in the world) and there are several hundred acres more woodland and open spaces to wander in and explore.
Put it this way... a soccer pitch is an acre of land. To play, you need two teams of 11, a referee and two linesmen - 25 people. Divide the population of Bristol by 25, and you get the amount of parkland, in acres. So (in theory!) the whole town could play soccer at the same time (some pitches interrupted by cliffs... but it adds interest to the game!) Result, you can walk a few hundred yards (up Park Street, a fairly steep hill) from the city centre and look out on rolling acres of green fields. There aren't too many largish cities that can make the same claim. And that walk up Park Street (and a left turn into great George Street) takes you into Brandon Hill, which (you guessed it!) is yet another park. - with a view over about four others, incorporating several hundred acres. London? Eat your heart out!
Bristol flower show held on Durham Downs in August. The show also has displays involving bee keeping, birds of prey and of course lots of flower displays. Also traditional jams, preserves, cheese, breads and biscuits made by local farms are also available to purchase.