The Best UK Cities for Green Spaces

Parks and green spaces are a fantastic place to go to with your family as they’re free and a great space for kids to exercise and socialize. Here are three cities in the UK with the best green spaces.


Oxford has a great array of green spaces, many of which are owned by the colleges of the University. University Parks is a huge park with spaces for wild swimming, tennis, rugby, and football. Christchurch Meadows is a lovely walk that follows the river and offers great views of the city. Port Meadow is very popular in the summertime and has a river running through it which is great for swimming in.


Voted the European Green Capital in 2015, Bristol has many excellent green spaces and parks for visitors and residents of the city. In the center, you have Brandon Hill Park and Cabot Tower, which you can climb for free to gain incredible views of Bristol. Near the Clifton Suspension Bridge are the Clifton Downs, which hosts music festivals in the summer and delivers great views of the Avon Valley. A bit further out, parks such as Blaise Castle Estate, Ashton Court, and Stoke Park offer a real sense of escaping to the countryside.


As well as having some of the best cultural capital the UK has to offer, London is full of vast parks and green spaces that everyone can enjoy. In the center, you have St James Park, which has pelicans and Buckingham Palace as well as trees and grass to sit on. To the east of the city is Hampstead Heath, which is enormous and has a swimming lake. South of the Thames, there is Clapham Common, which is a great place to do team sports or have a picnic.