Bristol's Best: 7 Cool Things To Do In Clifton

Published . By Abigale Leyton.

Touting swoon-worthy Georgian streets, a 150-year-old suspension bridge, and a plethora of stunning restaurants, there's definitely no shortage of places to visit in the area. Whether you're looking to explore the town while delving into tasty cheese or sip on a few bespoke concoctions in an elegant beer garden, we have rounded up the best things to do in Clifton, Bristol


Go On A Cheese Crawl

Dreaming of a fromage fest? We thought as much. So curb those cravings and make your way to The Mall Gardens for The Cheese Crawl Bristol. This fun-packed event will have you strolling through the charming streets of Clifton Village, all while sampling local treats and continental classics. Not only will your expert guide teach provide you with grate knowledge, but they will also be awarding points for the cheesiest puns. To top it off? You'll get an ice-cold cider to wash the good stuff down with.

Cheese Crawl Bristol | DesignMyNight

Stuff. Of. Dreams.

Explore The Local Boozers

If you're a hop-head, then be sure to check out the local ales at the best pubs in Clifton, Bristol. If you're seeking a quirky watering hole, head to Racks Bar & Kitchen, located on St Pauls Road. This converted old wine cellar offers a selection of hearty pub fare and screens some of the most prominent sports fixtures. Or, pop on into Regent Street hotspot, Clifton Bristol, for live music and a top-notch quiz night. If the sun's shining? Then visit the glorious beer garden at The Mall in Clifton Village to sink a quick pint.

Clifton Bristol | DesignMyNight

Tantalise your tastebuds with a flight of beer.

Stroll Around The Town

You can't visit the local area without checking out the world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Get your walking shoes on and make your way across this gorgeous landmark, while taking in the breathtaking views of the Avon Gorge. Is one walk not enough? Just below the overpass and opposite Ashton Court Estate, is the gorgeous Leigh Woods. This dog-friendly route is a great way to enjoy the local wildlife or bask in nature. If you've built up quite the appetite, take a trip to No.4 Clifton Village for some delicious local produce or a few small plates.

Clifton Suspension Bridge | DesignMyNight

Get that 'Gram-worthy snapshot of the gorgeous scenery.

Delve Into Noodles At Kibou Clifton

One of the only award-winning Clifton restaurants, Kibou really knows a thing or two about Japanese bites. Situated on King's Road, this sushi hotspot is offering up a fabulous menu, including plenty of options for carnivores and vegans alike. Whether you fancy a comforting bowl of chicken ramen with a soft-boiled egg, or flavour-packed spicy tuna and avocado rolls, this haunt won't fail to disappoint. Thirsty? Enjoy a quaffable Singapore sling made from gin, Benedictine, cherry, pineapple, and a splash of bitters. Cor, blimey.

Kabou Clifton | DesignMyNight

The food is so good that it will be pretty hard to ramen calm.

Go Shopping At The Clifton Arcade

Just a stone's throw from the iconic suspension bridge, The Clifton Arcade is on our list of top things to do in Bristol. Dating back to 1878, this centre is adorned with Victorian-style architecture and greenery, alongside a glorious range of shops. Whether you want to check out the vintage clothing stores, or buy the local produce, this is a great stop off. Don't fancy some retail therapy? Head outside and you'll be met with beautiful Georgian houses in Victoria Square.

The Clifton Arcade | DesignMyNight

Art fanatic? They also have a unique gallery with work from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Tuck Into Sri Lankan Bites At The Coconut Tree 

Known for its flower nectar spirits and handmade ceramics, it's no wonder why The Coconut Tree is one of our top picks for restaurants in Clifton, Bristol. Touting a laidback atmosphere adorned with rustic furnishings, this is an ideal spot for group shindigs or date nights. As for food? With a Sri Lankan menu that's 70% vegetarian and 80% gluten-free, there are plenty of curries or small plates for everyone to enjoy. If you're looking for a bargain, they also offer 50% off grub all day Monday to Wednesday. Sign us up.

The Coconut Tree Clifton | DesignMyNight

Sip on a Drunken Sri Lankan made with whisky, turmeric, lime and ginger beer.

Check Out The Clifton Observatory

Fronting breathtaking views of the countryside, The Clifton Observatory is definitely a top-notch spot for sightseers and an integral part of Bristol's landscape. Originally built in 1766 and recently refurbished in 2015, the tower has a rich history that can be uncovered at their cool three-storey museum on site. This hotspot is also home to one of three of the UK's working camera obscuras, made by William West, which is almost 200 years old. Impressive.

The Clifton Observatory | DesignMyNight

Quench your thirst with locally-sourced refreshments at their gorgeous glass café.

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