"The Downs is just the start!" Clifton and Durdham Downs Tip by BigRon

Clifton and Durdham Downs, Bristol: 4 reviews and 4 photos

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!

Address: All over Bristol, especially near the middle!
Directions: Slightly North of the city centre. Frequent 7,8 & 9 busses to the downs from the centre and railway station.
Phone: +00 44 (0)117 922 3719
Website: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/downs

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  • Updated Feb 21, 2005
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