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The Downs


General Information

Avon Gorge

Stoke Road, Bristol BS9


The Downs consists of Clifton Down and Durdham Down - two large, historic, adjacent grassed green spaces of about 400 acres. Although on the edge of the city, the Downs feels like open countryside, with their wide views of the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods, north Somerset, the Severn estuary and across to south Wales. The Downs are one of Bristol's most historic and popular open spaces, used for sport, big public events, wildlife spotting and healthy exercise by residents throughout Bristol.

Location and layout

The Downs are situated on the North West of Bristol, about 2 miles from the City Centre, at the top of Whiteladies Road (A4018). If travelling from north Bristol, Westbury Road leads to The Downs. The Downs covers a wide area north of Clifton Suspension Bridgealmost to Henleaze and Westbury on Trym. The wide grassy green spaces are edged with mature natural woodland and popular residential districts.


The Downs are open permanently. Nearly all parts of the grass areas of the Downs are flat and fully accessible to wheelchair users with no obstacles. Many of the paths along the western edge of the Downs bordering on the Gorge are narrow and have steep inclines or steps.

Plan your journey to The Downs with Regional Map, Journey Planner and City Map Viewer. Click here to view a GIS map of The Downs

Community, clubs and associations

Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge (FOD+AG) was set up in the autumn of 2008 following a response to a Bristol City Council initiative. To contact the group - email;

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Downs Tree Trail

Explore the fantastic trees of the Downs - download the family friendly leaflet about this interesting, fun trail from the related documents section below.

Green Flag Award

The Downs has won the prestigious Green Flag Award, a recognition and reward for the best green spaces in the country, high environmental standards and a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.

Management and maintenance

The Downs has been managed by the Downs Committee since the 1861 Clifton and Durdham Downs (Bristol) Act (see below). The Downs are still administered by the Downs Committee whose members are appointed in equal numbers by the City Council and the Society of Merchant Venturers. The committee passed the byelaws to preserve the quality of the site and its landscape. If you have any comments, queries or concerns about the management and maintenance of this site, please contact Bristol Parks on the contact details below and we will ensure your information is promptly actioned.

Have Your Say - Consultation on Downs Management Plan

Bristol Parks, on behalf of the Downs Committee, is preparing the first management plan for Clifton and Durdham Downs since the Downs were dedicated to the people of Bristol in 1861. The recent survey of local residents and users of the Downs has just finished and we'd like to thank all those who participated. Click here to find out more .


Contact us

You can call Bristol Parks on 0117 922 3719 or email:  Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm (4.30pm Friday). Alternatively you can text us on 0771 039 6713 to report flytipping, graffiti, or make any other comments about Bristol's parks and green spaces. Please provide as much information and specific details as possible about the location attaching any supporting photographs. We will only call you back if we require further information.


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