The flight path taken by the balloon varies with each flight and is dependent on the direction of the wind at different altitudes. When flying from Bristol we launch from the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court Estate so this is usually the first major landmark to be spotted from the balloon basket. Other landmarks that you might be lucky enough to spot on a Bristol Balloon Flight are:
The cities most famous landmark – The Clifton Suspension Bridge & Avon Gorge are majestic sights when seen from a height!
The SS Great Britain is always ship shape and Bristol fashion, dressed with flags and ready for departure, just as she looked at her launch in 1843.
Cabot Tower can be spotted on top of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End. The 105ft tower was built in 1897 to commemorate John Cabot’s faous voyage from Bristol to North America 400 years earlier.
Queen Square is a magnificent Georgian park nestled amongst Bristol’s Harbourside and Old City areas. Surrounded by trees and cobbled streets, the square regularly hosts outdoor theatre, concerts and events.
The church of St Mary Redcliffe is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, which has stood on this site for some 800 years. The church is sited on the red cliffs, above the floating harbour, and was originally at the very centre of shipping and industry.
If your flight takes you to the South West of the city, you may spot the Victorian manor house of Tyntesfield. The house is a Grade I listed building, run by the National Trust, and named after the Tynte baronets who owned the estates since 1500.