Bristol Area Guide : Bedminster
South of the city, Bedminster and neighbouring Southville are both lively areas favoured by local Bristolians. Both have seen a big increase in popularity over the past few years with a real growth in each area.
Shopping – Bedminster is the second largest area for shopping in Bristol with an eclectic mix of shops across East Street, West Street and North Street. Up and coming with lots to offer, the area champions independent businesses.
Postcode – BS3
Primary/Secondary Schools – There are a number of primary schools in the nearby area including South Street Primary School and Victoria Park Primary also. Secondary schools offer a choice between Ashton Park School and Bedminster Down School too.
Age of Houses – There are Roman origins remaining inside of some properties along East Street and West Street. The majority of the area is made up of 19th century terraced houses however.
Main Roads – East and West Street are the main streets, though North Street is considered the heart of Bedminster offering an enviable mix of independent shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and markets.
Main Attractions – Known as Bristol's Artistic Quarter, Bedminster plays host to a variety of performances and productions held at the Tobacco Factory Theatres including Shakespeare, opera, Christmas shows, comedy, puppetry and dance. For sports fans, Ashton Gate Stadium in Bedminster is the home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby. Upfest (Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival) which began in 2008, is now firmly on the events map too.
Cafés/Bars/Restaurants – Margot May Tearoom is a lovely local coffee shop with glowing reviews, The Lounge on North Street is fab for brunch and The Windmill is an award winning pub based in Bedminster also.
Random Fact – Bedminster is the centre of the world hot air balloon industry with entrepreneur Don Cameron's factory based on St Johns Street. Bristol's Balloon Fiesta is now the largest in the world too and really is something spectacular – not to be missed in August!
Population – 12,450 people.
Local Transport – Parsons Street station offers just a 7 minute journey into the city centre at Temple Meads. There are 37 local buses routes available throughout Bedminster and also a coach service with good access to southern Bristol and the airport. Access to the centre on foot is also extremely easy from here as all it takes is a quick cross over of the river on one of the multiple pedestrian bridges.