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Camping in Bristol

Whether you’re looking for a city break or a countryside escape, camping near Bristol offers the best of both worlds. From enjoying watersport activities on the River Avon to exploring wildlife centres and parks or visiting museums, there’s something for every camper. Book your perfect campsite in Bristol today.

Bristol camping FAQs

What are the best Bristol campsites?

We have many wonderful campsites near Bristol. Our popular campsites include:

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Are there any child-friendly campsites in Bristol?

Yes. Our popular child-friendly campsites near Bristol include:

Both campsites have an on-site parent and baby room and a children's play area. Our Cheddar Club Site also has a family shower room available, and our Devizes Club Site has an area for ball games in addition to a children's play area.

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Can you wild camp near Bristol?

The rules for wild camping in Bristol can be complex. For more information, check out our wild camping guide.

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What campsites near Bristol are open all year round?

Our Devizes Club Site is open all year round, so you can enjoy camping near Bristol through any season.

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Things to do whilst camping in Bristol

There’s so much to do whilst camping in Bristol. You can walk through stunning parks, explore beautiful wildlife and see phenomenal views, or dive into the city's many museums, take a boat trip on the River Avon and marvel at the city’s magnificent architecture. Here are some great outdoor things to do and see in Bristol.

Bristol Harbour

What was once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and travel is now a bustling harbourside with street entertainment, cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and more.

One of the best ways to explore Bristol Harbour is by boat. You can book a ferry, go on a themed cruise or enjoy an afternoon tea on the River Avon and spot incredible wildlife.

For campers who enjoy watersports, you can purchase a licence and enjoy canoeing, sailing, paddleboarding and windsurfing on Bristol Harbour. If you’re new to these watersport activities, there are plenty of beginner excursions available near the harbour too.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

One of Bristol's most recognised structures, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and built in 1754. The magnificent structure was finally completed in 1864 and opened to the public soon after. Now, this bridge carries over 12,000 cars daily and allows pedestrians and cyclists to cross over. Although pedestrians and cyclists can go over the bridge for free, there is a £1 charge for vehicles crossing. This money goes towards the maintenance and running of this significant bridge.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is the oldest park in Bristol. On a sunny day, you can pack your favourite picnic food and head to the park, where you’ll see stunning views over the city and harbourside area. Whilst there, you’ll find a children's play area, gorgeous paths lined with flowers and trees, a nature conservation area and the iconic Cabot Tower, which you can climb up and see panoramic views of Bristol.

Castle Park and St Peter's Church

Another great spot for a stroll or a picnic is Castle Park. Here you’ll find St Peter’s church which is a ruined church preserved in memory of those who died in the Bristol Blitz. This occurred in 1940, when the first major air raid hit the city, taking the lives of over 200 people and damaging thousands of homes and buildings.

Ashton Court

Just 10 minutes away from Bristol city centre is Ashton Court. Ashton Court was once the home of the Smyth family, but now it’s a historic park where you can marvel at giant oak trees and watch deer graze in the field. If you enjoy a bit of golf, there are two 18-hole pitch-and-putt golf courses at Ashton Court and between holes, you can appreciate the stunning views across Bristol.

If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic picnic or play fun family games, there are designated areas where you can set up and relax. There are also designated trails for those who enjoy mountain biking and orienteering.

Depending on what time of year you choose to go camping in Bristol, Ashton Court also hosts events where you can take off in a hot air balloon, enjoy a competitive game of disc golf or attend festivals such as DogFest and Oktoberfest.

Mendip Hills

Just outside of Bristol, you’ll find Mendip Hills. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is flooded with dramatic gorges and ancient woodlands. Don’t forget to wear your walking boots, as the views and wildlife are worth the trek.

At Mendip Hills, you’ll also find the popular Cheddar Gorge. You can park up and enjoy a drink or ice cream at the local cafes and bars before making your trek to the top. Whilst walking up, you might stumble upon wild goats and Soay sheep before being greeted with a breathtaking bird's eye view of the gorge and surrounding cliffs.

Dive into Bristol’s rich history

Bristol is bursting with a lot of exciting history and culture. Here are some wonderful places to visit to learn more about the city.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a free museum and gallery that showcases the world from the beginning of time to the present day. Travel back to Ancient Egypt or even further back to the existence of dinosaurs. This museum has so much to see, including phenomenal works of art by artists such as Bellini, Cranach, Renior, Pissarro, Sisley, Bomberg, Hepworth and Beryl Cook. When you book your camping trip to Bristol, you can also check out their exhibitions during that time. From unique art exhibitions to family-friendly and hands-on exhibits - there’s so much to choose from.

Bristol Cathedral

With its origins dating back over 900 years, Bristol Cathedral is a fusion of spiritual significance, architectural wonders and historical importance. As a former Augustinian abbey, the cathedral's roots intertwine with the medieval era of the region, and visitors are transformed into the past as they step foot into the well-carved building. Bristol Cathedral showcases an important part of the city's history, and today, it stands tall welcoming people from across the country and the world.

Brunel's SS Great Britain

When the ship first set sail in 1843, it was the largest, longest and first iron-hulled, screw-propelled ship in the world. The ship was designed by the famous engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and played many roles. It was initially built as a luxury passenger trade between Britain and America, but, in its 94-year career, it took on many other roles, such as taking emigrants to Australia, serving in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, working as a cargo ship and finally a coal store in the Falkland Islands before it was brought back to Bristol and preserved as a museum for engineering and history enthusiasts. Now you can visit the ship, learn about its adventures, enjoy an afternoon tea, or climb up the rigging and stand 25 metres above the ground.

Family friendly activities in Bristol

Camping in Bristol is a great getaway for the whole family. Not only will you enjoy our family-friendly campsites, but whilst exploring the city, you can take on these family fun adventures.

Bristol Aquarium

Dive into the underwater world and view over 5,000 colourful sea creatures, including tropical sharks, rays, seahorses, puffer fish, piranhas, and more. There are over 40 themed displays where you can spot your favourite fish and an underwater tunnel which you can walk through as the tropical fish swim over your head. While visiting the marine life, check out the fun facts about each creature, its origin and its habitat.

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Just on the outskirts of Bristol is Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Here you’ll find over 100 species, including giraffes, African lions, elephants, monkeys, bears and more. Noah’s Ark Zoo makes for a fun family day out where you can learn new things about the animals, attend special events, and live out your zoo-keeping dreams by feeding the animals.

We The Curious

A place where no question is a silly question, and no idea is too small or too big. We The Curious is a science museum for thinkers. Described as an ‘indoor festival’, you’ll never get bored with the various experiences, exhibits and experiments taking place. Unlike most museums, We The Curious encourages all visitors to get hands-on with all exhibits and displays and be as loud as possible.

Bristol Zoo Project

Another family fun adventure is the Bristol Zoo Project. Not only can you find many different animals, including giraffes, bears, zebras and wolves, but there are also plenty of other activities to do.

For the little adrenaline seekers, enjoy the leap of faith, an outdoor climbing adventure that tests strength and nerves. If heights aren't their thing, that’s completely fine, there's also a fun fort, barefoot trail, butterfly maze and multiple outdoor play areas. Once your little ones have built up an appetite, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy tasty meals, snacks, drinks and desserts.

Book your campsite today to explore more of Bristol and set off on a fun journey throughout the city.

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