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Castle Park, Bristol

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Castle Park (sometimes referred to as Castle Green) is a public open space in Bristol, England, managed by Bristol City Council. It is bounded by the Floating Harbour and Castle Street to the south, Lower Castle Street to the east, and Broad Weir, Newgate and Wine Street to the north. Its western boundary is less obviously defined and has been the subject of controversy, perhaps because the area around High Street and St Mary le Port Church, though not part of the park and always intended for development, is often considered at the same time as the park.
Opened on 30 September 1978, the park occupies the site of what was once Bristol's main shopping district. The area was largely destroyed by the Luftwaffe during the Blitz, and that which remained was subsequently demolished. In the years since the end of the Second World War, Castle Park has become home to a number of anti-fascist memorials.


The ruined tower of St Mary-le-Port Church stands to the west of the park, surrounded by derelict financial office buildings. Adjoining the ruins of St Peter's Church in the middle of the park is a sensory herb garden, and five silver birch trees as a memorial to the beaches of the D-Day landings. To the east is a grassy arena, and the partially excavated remains of Bristol Castle with a preserved vaulted chamber. There is also a bandstand and a children's play area.


Tree-lined St Peter's Square, to the north of St Peter's church, has been home to various events including German Christmas markets. In recent summers a tethered balloon has been placed near the bandstand, offering ascents to sightseers.


Recent attempts to develop the area between the park's western edge and High Street have proved controversial; Bristol City Council are keen to replace derelict buildings with a mixed-use development to help reconnect the Old City to Broadmead and raise funds to improve the park; others would rather see the park extended to High Street.
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  • This park is beautiful to walk around due to the nice people and view, if I would live around I would probably hang around here on a weekly basis. It has a river, places to sit, a small castle, you.....  more »
  • It's a pleasant enough park frequented by local dog-walkers. The castle was destroyed in the 1650s and the area redeveloped. There are information boards at the entrance opposite The Galleries...  more »
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  • A very nice park in the city centre to chill out in the sun on an afternoon or early evening. Usually quite busy with good people watching. Bristol castle used to stand here which if you're into history is quite interesting, but read up on it beforehand, there are no guides here, just an info plaque here and there. In the middle(ish) stands an old church, bombed during the war and never renovated, looks nice with nature taking it back over. More green than as shown in my pictures
  • Nice place to chill. There has been an addition of an old well covered by a glass. It's scary to stand on it. Should be enjoyable for kids.

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