We have designed this area guide to help you make the most of your stay in Clifton.
These recommendations are from our landlords in the area and our team in the office. Read on for the best of Clifton's offerings of food, drink and things to do.
Clifton is one of the most exclusive and elegant areas of Bristol. The area is made up of exquisite buildings - Clifton has a lovely mix of Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian houses as well as popular town house flat conversions. The postcode is also home to some of Bristol’s most famed attractions such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo, Bristol Museum, The Observatory and The Downs.
Clifton is an ideal location to suit a getaway for many different groups. The area is very family friendly and safe, but also great for younger groups as lots of Bristols best nightlife is just a stones throw away.
Clifton Village is one of the best spots in Bristol for shopping; with Victoria Street and Regent street as highlights known for luxury boutique stores – as well as the Clifton Arcade. A little further afield Whiteladies road and Park street offer more variety. Clifton is a 15-20 minute stroll up Park Street from the centre, or you can also take the bus to the shops and bars of Clifton Village with a regular service running every day (except public holidays).
The nearest train station is Clifton Down. This is a smaller train station, so trains aren’t as frequent as the larger train stations. Temple Meads is the main train station in the City Centre and is a 25-minute walk from Clifton. There are plenty of buses which go through the Clifton area. From Whiteladies, you can get a bus either up the hill (to the Downs, Cribbs Causeway) or down the hill to the Harbourside, City Centre, Temple Meads Train Station and Bus Station. The number 8 or 9 bus goes through Clifton and to and from the City Centre/Temple Meads Train station.
Places to eat and drink in the local area
Whiteladies Road & Clifton
The Clifton Lido – This outdoor pool and spa has two restaurants. There are great tapas available in the bar area, and a more formal restaurant on the top floor. This place is also nice for tea, coffee and cake. There is also a great Swim and Dine package available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a real treat and is very popular, so do book in advance.
Alma Tavern – This intimate pub/theatre draws in the local crowds with their delicious menu and eclectic mix of theatre productions. Be sure to book your ticket to a see a show in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly.
Bosco Pizza – A really lovely buzzy restaurant that mainly does great pizza (and a little bit of pasta). Always has a great atmosphere and is very accommodating.
Bravas – Cotham Hill – Some of the best tapas in Bristol. It’s cosy and the wine selection is fantastic. You do need to book, as the restaurant is very small. They do also take walk-ins if you sit up at the bar area.
Pasta Loco – Also on Cotham Hill, is this new restaurant that everyone is talking about. Homemade pasta and Italian wines – what’s not to like? You do need to book here. The food is fantastic. Highly recommend.
Cow Shed – A great trendy restaurant known for their steaks. They also have a lovely organic butchers shop next door to the restaurant called Ruby and White, where they source all their meat and cheese.
Spiny Lobster – Always has an incredible selection of fresh fish caught that morning – really reliable to deliver a fantastic meal.
Wilks – Chandos Road – has two Michelin stars, and is definitely worth a visit for a really special occasion. The food is absolutely stunning!
Primrose Café – Great place for brunch, lunch or even dinner and the food is beautifully homemade. On a sunny day, you can sit outside (with blankets too) and watch the world go by drinking tea and cake. This is also a great spot for people watching.
Foliage Cafe - Sweet little cafe with great coffees, sandwiches and pastries - and lovely decor!
New Moon Tapas – Outstanding locally produced food. Every fortnight the chef features dishes from a different country, which is a great way to try something foreign and exotic. The grilled aubergine rolls are a must!
Avon Gorge Hotel - Hands down the best view of Bristol from a bar. This place is particularly lovely on a sunny day - make sure to arrive early as it's normally very busy! Great for a Pimms watching the sunset by the Suspension Bridge.
For something authentically Bristolian
The Coronation Tap – A cider pub in Clifton Village that brew their own cider. It’s only sold in half pint measures because it is so strong! If you want to sample a real bit of Bristol then this is the place to go.
Pinkmans – A great bakery for lunch where salads, frittatas and homemade pizzas are on the menu. They also have amazing cakes.
Swoon – A terrific ice cream parlour where the ice cream is made fresh onsite. The pistachio ice cream is an award-winning flavour!
Must do things while you stay:
Go to the Theatre – Bristol Hippodrome is only a short walk away (in the city centre) and there are some fantastic shows to go and see all year round – from ballet, to musicals, comedy and more.
Everyman Theatre – on Whiteladies road is a great old cinema that has been renovated, where you can have a glass of wine and food, in lovely surroundings. No naff nachos in sight! You do need to book in advance.
The Clifton Lido - This urban outdoor pool is a fantastic hideaway, in amongst a residential area and definitely worth a visit. There are also two restaurants at the Lido and a lovely outside terrace for a sunny day. It also has a great tea and cake selection!
Clifton Village - This market is a great little hideaway for hidden treasures. Clifton village also has an array of coffee shop, small independent shops, delis, bakeries and more. Be sure and go to the old Arcades for a browse / shop.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge – Brunel’s masterpiece, beautiful in the day or at night. You can learn about the history of the bridge at the Visitor Centre, entry with a pre-booked ticket. Take a walk over the bridge to Leigh Woods and Ashton Court and enjoy the large open gardens, woods (look out for deer) and a small coffee shop.
Brandon Hill and Cabot Tower – A lovely spacious park featuring the tower with beautiful views of Bristol. From here you can head into the Harbourside / Hotwells area.
Go up in a hot air balloon – The Balloon Fiesta in August is a world spectacle in Bristol. During the spring and summer, there are over 130 hot air balloons from around the globe attracting over half a million visitors each year. There are several companies that will take you up, up and away.
Sporting things to do:
There are a huge amount of sporting activities to do in Bristol – from running at the Downs (the large park area at the top of Whiteladies road) to cycling in Leigh Woods or Water sports down by the Harbourside - Paddle boarding, sailing and rowing are very popular activities on the weekend.
Theatre & Music
The two famous theatres in Bristol are the Bristol Hippodrome and the Bristol Old Vic both in the City Centre. There are also some fantastic small theatres / stages dotted around the city and above bars including The Alma Tavern Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatre and the Redgrave Theatre.
Here are some of our fantastic properties to in Clifton for you to book:
Martyn's incredible 2 bed Airbnb Plus apartment:
Marthas charming 2 bed flat:
Graham & Jerry's stylish 2 bed flat:
Anna's quirky 1 bed flat:
Brook & Joanna's amazing huge 14 bed house:
Jamie's charming 2 bed flat:
CSL's contemporary 1 bed flat:
Pete's beatiful 1 bed flat:
Simon's peaceful 1 bed flat:
We hope you've enjoyed our Clifton area guide and that this will help you plan you trip with Air360. Let us know if you have any other questions!