Bristol area guide : City Centre

City Centre

Postcode – BS1

Bristol’s city centre is best known for its fantastic shopping areas and is home to the largest permanent street art exhibition in the UK. The city offers a superb combination of culture, food and history.

Shopping – The city centre is renowned for its many shopping districts. Between the Galleries, Cabot Circus and Broadmead, Bristol’s shopping quarter has over 500 stores and more than 50 cafes and restaurants. St Nick’s Market and the old Corn Exchange are also well worth a visit with small boutiques and a wonderful selection of market stalls.

Schools – St Mary Redcliffe, Temple School and Bristol Brunel Academy.

Age of houses – A combination of housing can be found in Bristol’s centre. From tobacco factory conversions and former breweries which are now attractive flats, to large scale new-build developments.

Main roads – Baldwin Street, Park Street, Victoria Street, Corn Street and the A4.

Main attractions – The Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Colston Hall and the O2 Academy.

Restaurants – As well as lovely restaurants such as Browns and Turtle Bay Reggae Bar, you can eat and drink aboard boats such as the Glassboat. Wapping Wharf consists of numerous eateries in converted shipping containers notably Box E, Gambas, Pigsty and Salt and Malt to name a few.

Little known fact – Famous pirate Captain Blackbeard once had a hideaway cave under St. Mary Redcliffe church. His original birthplace and childhood home still stands on Bristol’s harbourside.

Local transport – Bus routes run frequently from the centre and Temple Meads train station is just a short walk away.