If you've always preferred the company of your pet while you're away from home, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that Bristol has a great range of pet-friendly hotels. Whether you're looking for top-of-the-range accommodation or a budget-friendly hotel, there are many venues which are happy to accept dogs for a small daily supplement, provided you make this request in advance.
The Clifton Downs
One of the best dog walks in the city is Clifton Downs in the picturesque suburb of Clifton, where you can find plenty of woodland and well-marked paths. This open space also has a popular café and offers excellent views of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, an extraordinary Victorian landmark designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
If you're seeking affordable, value-for-money pet-friendly accommodation close by, try the Clifton Hotel, which has WiFi in all of its stylish rooms and offers a discount for a nearby gym.
Ashton Court Estate
Perfect for nature lovers and historic fans, the Ashton Court Estate features hundreds of acres of attractive parkland that is ideal for dog walking and slow summer strolls. The grounds were designed by the leading landscape architect Humphry Repton, who also designed the Russell Square gardens in Bloomsbury, central London, and the gardens of the 18th century Royal Fort House of the University of Bristol.
The mansion, a prestigious Grade I-Listed building, encompasses multiple architectural themes from the 15th to the 19th Centuries, and was built on the site a former medieval manor house.
Another ideal location for dog walking, Castle Park includes the remains of Bristol's Norman castle and has a well-equipped children's playground. It's also overlooked by the ruined St. Peter's Church and the St. Mary-le-Port church, both of which were damaged during the Bristol Blitz.
Castle Park is only moments from the luxury Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, which offers refined en-suite rooms with free WiFi and satellite TVs. It's also very close to Bristol's historic harbourside, otherwise known as the Floating Harbour, which has a great selection of restaurants and cafés, many of which provide outdoor seating during the warmer months.