This scenic public space is overlooked by one of Bristol's most recognisable historic landmarks, the Cabot Tower, which dates back to the late 19th century and was purpose built to mark 400 years since John Cabot's incredibly ambitious expedition from the city to North America. It's easily accessible from plenty of Bristol hotels and restaurants, and is a short walk from the main campus of the University of Bristol.
History of Brandon Hill
This site was originally used for farming, becoming a recreational space by the 17th century and an important meeting point for political campaigners by the mid-19th century. It's known for its attractive meadows and diverse plant life, and also has a delightful butterfly garden that is best visited during the summer.
The Cabot Tower
Standing at an impressive 105 feet tall, Cabot Tower has a fantastic view of the city centre, and reopened in 2011 following a careful restoration to protect it from permanent damage. The parkland on Brandon Hill also features numerous well-marked public paths, a nature reserve, and a children's play area, and is easily accessible from Park Street. For luxury accommodation nearby, you could try the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, an enchanting 4-star venue that's just moments from the cathedral and has spacious deluxe rooms with Wi-Fi and satellite TVs.
The Bristol Museum And Art Gallery
Just a short walk to the north of Brandon Hill, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is a must-visited for all art lovers and those interested in archaeology. Across 19 galleries you can observe everything from prehistoric and ancient artefacts to Renaissance art and Asian ceramics, all of which illustrate the story of human civilisation to the present day. Close to the museum is the affordable Washington guest house, which has immaculate rooms with Wi-Fi access.
The SS Great Britain
Also within walking distance, just to the south of Brandon Hill, is the spectacular SS Great Britain, one of the greatest achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the world's foremost engineers. This remarkable ship, which has travelled around a million miles across the world's oceans, is the world's oldest great ocean liner and the perfect family attraction.