Bristol is a great place to stay regardless of the time of year, but those visiting during autumn should certainly make room in their holiday schedules to see the changing foliage. Of course, you’ll notice the leaves changing throughout the city, but here are just four places where you’ll enjoy that change most.
- The National Arboretum
If you want to take in the autumnal majesty of changing leaves, heading to an arboretum makes sense. The obvious star of the autumn colours show, Westonbirt Arboretum boasts everything from flaming red Japanese Maples to eye-catching yellow Black Walnuts. You’ll take in a riot of colour that’s hard to equal anywhere in the country. To get the best views, visit between the third week of October and the first week of November.
- The University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Another nice autumn leaves location for those looking for a pleasant stroll not far from the city centre, The University of Bristol Botanic Garden offers a guided autumn walk with a professional photographer who will help you capture the changing scenery yourself. The University of Bristol Botanic Garden often plays host to experimental sculptures and other works of art, so don’t forget to check out what’s there if you pay a visit.
- The Downs
The Downs is where you should go to take sweeping views of the changing leaves. You’ll be able to see far-reaching views towards Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods, and the Severn Estuary from the Sea Walls before working your way along Saville Road to see the trees along Westbury Park Road.
- Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill
Cabot Tower should already be on your list of things to do in Bristol, but it’s an even more attractive attraction during the season of changing leaves. Make your way up the winding stairs to witness the city’s autumnal makeover all the way to the Mendip Hills.