- Parks of Bristol
The English city of
Bristolhas a number of parks.
Bristol City Councilown three major parks: The Downs, Blaise Castleand Ashton Court.
The Downs lie two miles northwest of the city centre and totals 400
acres(1.6 km²). The Downs are divided into Clifton Down to the south and Durdham Down to the north, with a main road running between them. At the south end of Clifton Down is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and both look over the Avon Gorge. The Downs were given to the city by the Society of Merchant Venturersand are protected by an 1861 Act of Parliament.
Blaise Castle estate, situated five miles north of the city centre, includes a recreation ground and large playing fields, as well as woodland, a mansion, and a small gorge, totalling 650 acres (2.6 km²). The mansion house is now a branch of
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery.
At 850 acres (3.4 km²) Ashton Court estate is Bristol's largest park. Though the estate lies largely within the boundaries of
North Somersetit is maintained by Bristol City Council, and has been publicly owned since 1959. The park contains horse ridingand mountain bikingtrails, and a deer park, and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interestfor its ecology. The mansion house is now a conference centre.
Parks close to the city centre
There are only a few small parks close to
Bristol city centre:
Castle Park is adjacent to Broadmead shopping centre, the under-construction Cabot shopping centre and the Floating Harbour. The park was created after wartime bombing destroyed most of the mediaeval buildings which stood here. The ruined shells of two churches, St Peter and St Mary le Port, still stand in the park (with the aid of concrete reinforcements) and the foundations of
Bristol Castleare also a feature. There are small formal gardens around St Peter's church, which is maintained as a war memorial.
Bristol City Council has announced its intention to develop around one third of Castle Park - the western side around the site of St Mary-le-Port church. The development be shops, offices and residential accommodation.
Brandon Hill is a hill between the city centre, Clifton and
Hotwells. At the summit is Cabot Tower commemorating John Cabota pioneer who sailed in 1497 from Bristol to Newfoundland. The park is steep and is divided into informal gardens, a small nature reserveand open grassland. The Avon Wildlife Trustheadquarters are beside the park.
To the northwest of Broadmead shopping centre is St James' Park, a small park divided into two sections by a sunken walkway which links Broadmead to St James' Church and
Bristol Bus Station.
Parks in Bristol's suburbs include:
Arnos Vale Cemetery
* Begbrook Green Park
Bristol & Bath Railway Path, a green corridor following the route of a dismantled railway.
* Canford Park
* Chester Park
* Cotham Gardens
* Dame Emily Park
* Eastville Park
* Greville Smyth Park
Leigh Woods(within North Somerset)1
* Mayfield Park
* Mina Road Park
* Oldbury Court Estate (known locally as Vassalls Park)
* Page Park
* Peretts Park
* Redcatch park
* St Agnes Park
* St Andrews Park
* St Annes Park
St George Park
* Victoria Park
# Owned by the National Trust.
* [http://www.bristol-city.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/environment-and-planning/parks-and-open-spaces/ Bristol City Council: Parks and open spaces]
* [http://www.savecastlepark.co.uk Save Castle Park]
* Photographs: [http://www.cotch.net/Castle_Park Castle Park] , [http://www.cotch.net/Castle_Park Brandon Hill] , [http://www.cotch.net/special:search.php?key=The_Downs The Downs] , [http://www.cotch.net/special:search.php?key=Eastville_Park Eastville Park] .
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