Bristol Series: Clifton & Bristol Botanical Gardens

And so, we walk to our next destination of Clifton. The walk from Queens Road to Clifton takes you past numerous ice cream coloured houses and into the beautiful village of Clifton. I used to work in Clifton, and regularly ate my lunch on a bench within Birdcage Walk where an extremely friendly squirrel used to sit next to me whilst I ate my sandwich!

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Surrounded by Georgian Architecture, there are so many lovely cafes, restaurants, shops and bars.

Places to eat / drink: 

East Village – a botanical leafy café with greenery draping from the ceiling, gorgeous artwork and possibly the most wonderful slice of cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying!

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Anna Cake Couture – Another perfect spot to grab a coffee and cake (though slightly more as a treat!), I have my eye on the macaroons! The cafe inside is beautifully designed, or you can sit outside and watch the passersby.

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Amoeba– a cosy bar lavishly furnished with comfy sofas, candles and lots of nooks and crannies.

Thali – my personal favourite branch of all the Thali’s! I absolutely love this mural and the restaurant has a real cosy vibe. Thali serves Indian food with a twist, and also has available Tiffin’s for a takeaway.

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Primrose Café –  a firm favourite within the village, situated right outside the beautiful Clifton Arcade.

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The Shops

You can stroll around he many independent shops selling everything from antiques, books, jewellery, clothing to furniture and art work.

Clifton Arcade – a beautiful Victorian shopping arcade with numerous independent businesses, selling vintage clothing, homewares, plants and jewellery.

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Otomí– a bright quirky shop full of Mexican goodies, from food, Day of the Dead tiles, Cacti, to an array of Frida Kahlo products.

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Papersmiths – If you love all things stationery, this extremely aesthetically pleasing shop is what dreams are made of. You will want to bring home an array of notepads and pens that you never knew you needed!

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Focus On The Past – a treasure trove of rustic antique gems, I always enjoy a rummage to see what gems I discover!

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Sky – a lovely store full to the brim of cards, artwork, posters, books and stationary.

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I also love looking into the charity shops around this area. I always seem to find a great piece of furniture, record or trinket, my favourite being Shelter along Regent street.

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To visit 

Wandering the beautiful streets and architecture of Clifton, make sure you go and see the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge to enjoy the spectacular views of the Avon Gorge and if you happen to be in Bristol during the Balloon Fiesta then this is the best place to be when the balloons start to rise.

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And finally, I wanted to mention the University of Bristol Botanical Gardens. I couldn’t believe I only found out about these gardens after we had left Bristol! But alas, on one of our many return visits to see friends, we made sure we drove over to the gardens which are situated just over the Downs at the top of Whiteladies Road.

Entrance is normally around £5.00, however we went out of season I think and didn’t seem to have to pay but I would check their website in advance for opening times. Being a fan of seeking out greenhouses, we headed straight for the hot houses. The first is full of cacti, succulents and other heat loving plants draped across one another along the raised benches. In the next room we were hit with the humidity, and were pleased to see a large collection of ferns (one of my favourites) along with other tropical plants.

Outside there are the gardens, and we found a beautiful Japanese garden with rich red Acers. It is such a little oasis and definitely worth a visit.

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