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Castle Park, Bristol

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Castle Park 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. The park was completed and opened on 30 September 1978, and occupies most of the site which had contained Bristol's main shopping area. Much of this area was heavily damaged in the Blitz during the Second World War, and that which remained was subsequently demolished.
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.
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  • I got mugged here once so I only go during the day. You get a nice view of the river and there are the castle ruins. It is interesting as it is the site of major blitz destruction. Before being a park...  more »
  • An excellent way to pass time with a walk evoking many historical moments. In particular visit St Peter’s church and also visit the Sikh war memorial and the one to veterans of the Spanish Civil War.  more »
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  • Nice place to relax on your own, with friend's or family. The park also has a beautiful herbal garden of plants area, with benches to sit and admire the colours. and fragrances. A number of music events take place in the warmer months.
  • Love being here on a warm day. Good spaces for picnics, music, slacklines, juggling. Nice vibe from everyone around. Well done Bristol.
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