The Best Sunset and Sunrise Views in Bristol

Tilda Kneen

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One of the nicest things to do during lockdown was to get outside to a gorgeous view spot to watch the sun set (or rise if you’re feeling particularly adventurous). There are so many beautiful spots around Bristol, this city offers spectacular views due to its hilly nature. So, we have collated a list of the must-see view spots around the city.

1. The Mound, St Werburgh

This is a little-known spot located about a 10-minute walk from Gloucester Road, the sunset views across this part of the city are stunning and you’ll be sure to have a good time embracing the vibes of this scenic hill. Make sure you go right to the very top of the mound for best views, and if you’re lucky you’ll bag yourself the one bench that is on offer.

2. The Downs (Goat Enclosure)

The Downs is Bristol’s answer to luscious greenery and wholesome walks. But if you are in the know then you will have taken your chances at finding the infamous mountain goats that live in the goat enclosure. Whilst this is a fun activity on its own, the dramatic landscape of this part of the Gorge makes it a beautiful spot for sunset and feels quite private compared to the rest of the Downs.

Due to its hilly nature, there are so many beautiful spots around Bristol to watch the sun rise and/or set.

3. The Observatory, Clifton

Whilst this sunset spot is no secret to locals and tourists alike, there’s a reason it’s so popular. The views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge are second to none. This is a must visit spot for anyone who comes to Bristol. A short walk from the downs or Whiteladies Road, and nearby many pubs so you can stop on the way there or back!

Can’t find a table at the Pub? Head to one of these spots with some drinks and snacks for a perfect evening. 

4. Brandon Hill

Famed for features in the seminal noughties’ TV show, Skins, Brandon Hill delivers amazing 360 degree views of Bristol and the surrounding valleys. The beautiful gardens and water features make it a stunning place to visit at any time of day and the views from Brandon Tower make it an exceptional sunset location. A little escape from the nearby bustling nature of Queens Road and the triangle.

5. Harbourside

Harbourside is a very special part of Bristol and one of those locations where you can’t help but feel proud of the city. Alongside immaculate views of the water, there are fantastic food and drink options that can be found at Whapping Wharf, a summer must.

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