3 Adventurous Activities You Can Enjoy without Leaving Bristol

Bristol is home to everything from the stunning cathedral to galleries like M Shed, and you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities by looking to the beautiful areas outside the city. 

The city is packed with affordable yet luxurious accommodation options to suit a variety of needs, so you’ll never be short of excuses to visit!

You can also get your adrenaline pumping and try something you’ve never done before without ever leaving the middle of Bristol.

Here are just three great options. 

1. Canoe Bristol Harbour by Night

No trip to Bristol would be complete without a walk around the harbour, and it looks especially captivating at night. Of course, you can always paddle instead of walk by taking a night-time canoe tour. You’ll see the harbour area from a perspective most visitors never enjoy as you silently paddle under the cover of darkness. Conditions are nice and quiet, and you’ll never forget drifting towards the illuminated SS Great Britain. The Adventurous Activity Company can arrange your night-time canoe adventure. Full equipment and instruction are provided, and you’ll need no previous experience. 

2. Take a Tandem Bike Around the City

Want to mix things up while sticking to dry land? You might want to think about discovering Bristol from a tandem bike. There are many cycle trails, including:

  • Docks to Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • Bristol Cycle Path to the High Crescents of Bath
  • The Graffiti Trail
  • Dock to Downs and Back
  • City Docks to Medieval Pools
  • Docks to Paradise Bottom
  • The Arnos Vale Cemetery

Tandems are easy to get the hang of, and you can find models equipped for babies and toddlers. 

3. Stand Up Paddleboard Around the Harbour 

Stand up paddle boarding is the UK’s fastest growing water sport, and it’s another great way to take a look at Bristol Harbour. This one takes place during the day, and it brings you along Brunel’s SS Great Britain and other famous Bristol landmarks. You might even find yourself waving a paddle at hot air balloonists passing just above.