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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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  • A grassy area between a section of harbour on one side and the shopping centre on the other, where office workers sit on the grass to eat their lunch in the summer, and locals walk through from Bristo...  more »
  • Open space in the city , the ruins of St Peter's Church lists many of those lost during the bombing of the city. There are fine views and a number of small gardens and historic monuments. A good spot ...  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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