Amazing Date Ideas in Bristol

Couples break in BristolRecently voted the happiest city in the United Kingdom and the best place to live outside of London for under 25s, Bristol is easily one of the most exciting up-and-coming cities in the UK at the moment. And with creative hubs and foodie spots dotted around nearly every corner, it should come as no surprise that organising a date night (or day) in Bristol is usually a pretty easy feat – the only issue might be trying to choose just one activity!

Whether you’d like to get your adrenaline rushing in an escape room or fill up on delicious dishes at a rooftop restaurant, these are some of the amazing date ideas in Bristol within easy reach of Clayton Hotel Bristol City.

Walk through Leigh Woods

15-minute drive from the hotel

Swap your glad rags for your walking gear and take a walk through Leigh Woods – a beloved woodland sitting just a short drive from . Follow one of the marked walking trails or take in the vast greenery at your own pace. To make your day a bit more special, why not consider packing a picnic to enjoy in one of the designated picnic areas? If your sandwich-making isn’t up to scratch, you can opt to grab some snacks and hot drinks from the Leigh Woods Coffee co. cafe on site.

Break free from an escape room at Escape Hunt

8-minute walk from the hotel

If you are confident in you and your partner’s ability to problem solve, then it’s time to put it to the test with a visit to Escape Hunt. The process is simple (even if escaping might not be), step into a specially themed room – some popular options include Doctor Who and The Fourth Samurai, work together to solve a series of clues and break free within the hour to earn your freedom and a well-deserved pat on the back! It’s recommended to prebook your slot to avoid any disappointment.

Catch a movie at the Everyman Cinema

20-minute walk from the hotel

We know, a trip to the cinema might not seem like one of the most fun date ideas in Bristol, however, one visit to Everyman Cinema will have you thinking differently! That’s right, this boutique cinema is likely like no other you have visited. Think seriously comfortable sofas, waiter service to your seat, and a full food and drink menu that boasts everyone’s favourite movie snacks with a twist! The cinema screens the latest releases as well as old school films so be sure to check what’s on before you visit.

Take a stroll around St. Nicks Market

3-minute walk from the hotel

St Nicholas Market with flowers and coffe shop
A rainy day at St Nicholas Market (affectionately known as ‘St Nick’s Market’) in Bristol. Photo credit: Visit England.

Find unique stalls, delicious street food, and stunning architecture during a wander around St. Nicks Market. Just down the street from the hotel, the market has one of the largest groups of independent retailers in Bristol and is the ideal place for an afternoon stroll with a difference. Grab lunch in one of the many food stalls (we recommend The Moorish Café or Zak’s Café), browse the stalls and shops and treat your partner to a token to remember your day by such as a vibrant print or a precious stone!

Watch the sunset from the harbourside

8-minute walk from the hotel

Magic hour on the docks view, ship from afarPhoto credit: Jim Cossey.

For a low-key romantic evening, visit the harbourside area to enjoy a drink and some grub in one of the waterside restaurants! While this area is definitely a foodie haven (check out the Za Za Bazaar or Watershed Cafe if you’re feeling peckish), simply grabbing the perfect people-watching seat along the edge of the harbour or one of the benches and watching while the swans swim past and the sun sets is a great way to spend an evening with your better half.

Have a romantic dinner in one of Bristol’s top restaurants

20-minute walk from the hotel

One of the more classic romantic dates in Bristol involves some good drinks and some good food. And as the creative juices continue to sweep through the city streets, you won’t be stuck for places to enjoy a dinner with a difference. Try reserving a table at Pasta Loco for Italian dishes with an explosion of flavours, spend the evening in Wilson’s if you want to indulge in elegant but basic English cuisine or spend the evening in Clayton Hotel Bristol City’s Everards Restaurant for a 4-star dining experience to remember.

After a busy day of exploring all that Bristol has to offer, relax and unwind in Clayton Hotel Bristol City. Sitting in the heart of the Old Town district, the hotel offers the ideal location for exploring! Visiting the city for the weekend? Check out our guide to 48 hours in Bristol. Looking for somewhere romantic to stay during your trip to Bristol? Stay at Clayton Hotel Bristol City, see our hotel deals.


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