This historical park is the oldest park in Bristol!
Situated in the middle of it is Cabot Tower, built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot’s voyage from Bristol and North America. Designed by Bristol architect William Venn Gough, the tower is free to climb up.
The views form this park enable you to see a vast amount of the city and the historical Harbourside and view all that Bristol has to offer.
Address: Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR
Berkeley Square is close to Park Street and was created around 1790 in a Georgian style with a central grass area behind railings by Thomas and William Paty.
Numbers 12-18 were damaged during the Bristol Blitz in World War II and were later rebuilt to maintain the same facade.
Located at the bottom of Park Street, College Green is most famously known for being at the front of Bristol’s City Hall, College green is surrounded by a number of important public buildings.
This green is a popular place for young people to meet and due to its closeness to the City Hall it often finds itself the main meeting point for protests against government policy. It is also a regular venue for media launches, charity fundraisers and product launches.
Most recently on the 29th February 2020, College Green gained its worldwide attention with the Youth Strike 4 Climate protest run by Greta Thunberg. Over 30,000 people joined her in this protest seeing the green trampled turning it into mud. However, with the generosity of people through a fundraising page, the green was restored in a matter of days.
More on the history of the park here.
Address: College Green, Bristol, BS1 5UY
Situated just off Bristol Bridge, this city centre park is ladened with historical memories. Within the centre of the park is the Grade II listed St Peter’s Church which features remains of the Bristol Castle’s keep, walls and Vaults which were bombed in World War II. The castle that used to be here was one of the largest castles in the country during its time. The steps that still exist were host to an underground route from the castle that could help occupiers communicate with others in the outside world.
There are also a number of silver birch trees lined within the park that were planted in memory of the seven beaches of the D-Day landings and there is also a plaque with all the names of the victims of the 1940 air raid. You can also sit amongst memorial trees planted in honour of Anne Frank.
The park also includes a physics garden for growing medicinal plants that is maintained by St Mungo’s Broadway, plus there is a bandstand used for events and music sessions.
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You can also explore their leaf trail, should you wish to explore the trees and leaves of this park, which can be found here.
Address: Broad Weir, Bristol BS1 3XB
Situated between the Harbourside and the old city, Queen’s square is a central park home to an array of beautiful Georgian townhouses.
The square was hurt during the Bristol Riots of 1831. Nearly 100 of the buildings located in and close to the square were burnt to the ground. Hundreds of protestors died and rebuilding of this square took over 80 years.
Today it is home to a number of pop up festivals and is regularly used for leisure, sunbathing and social gatherings.
Address: Bristol BS1 4LH