Old Market, Temple Meads & Redcliffe
Just outside of the city centre you'll find the charming areas of Old Market and Redcliffe and the rapidly developing area around Temple Meads Railway Station. Each offers its own feels but all are crammed full of beautiful architecture, interesting stories and friendly passionate locals.
Just a few minutes walk from Bristol Shopping Quarter lies independent and bohemian Old Market. The area is packed with history and was once a thriving market, on what was for centuries the main road to London. Now it is home to some of Bristol's most historic buildings, and you can see architecture from all periods nestled side-by-side.
The area is steeped in history and contains over 60 listed buildings, a real testament to its historic past. Old Market still bears witness to some ancient customs such as its Pie Poudre Court, which wasn’t formally abolished until 1971. The court was situated in the still open Stag and Hounds pub and dealt out summary justice to market-day offenders.
Old Market is a chest of shopping treasures, and is beginning to build itself up as another independent and bohemian area of the city. Home to an array of independent traders from furniture makers, vintage fashion and antique shops to art galleries and cafes. It's also home to Bristol's largest independent department store, Gardiner Haskins.
The area achieved the Purple Flag award for its safe and diverse nightlife and for its well-managed night-time economy so whether you want cabaret, live music, world food or a quiet traditional pub, you can find it in the Old Market Quarter. Old Market is also home to Trinity Centre which is recognised as the birthplace of the 'Bristol Sound' and still hosts live music and club nights today.
As well as the city centre area, Old Market is known for its strong connections to the LGBT community and as being a friendly gay village. Popular gay-friendly venues include The Palace, The Retreat and the Old Market Tavern.
For lots more information about Old Market visit www.oldmarketquarter.co.uk
Temple Meads and Temple Quay
Temple Meads Railway Station sits at the heart of this developing area, which in recent years has become a centre for commerce, business and creative industries. Bristol's central railway station, Temple Meads is a historically important building, with a stunning architectural facade. It first opened in 1840 as the western terminus of the Great Western Railway, which was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Temple Meads derives from the nearby Temple Church, which was built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century and today has a tower that leans 1.6 metres out of the vertical, meaning Bristol has its own leaning tower!
Temple Quay is fast becoming a new hub of the city with businesses moving into the waterside area, leading to the opening of popular bars, cafes and restaurants, which includes Yurt Lush, the Goods Yard and the seriously good artisan bakery Harts Bakery. Plus there are weekly food markets and a programme of events help in the central square.
Snaking around the opposite bank of the floating harbour is the area of Redcliffe, home to the striking St Mary Redcliffe Church. The church is a gothic masterpiece that has been standing on this site for 800 years. In 1574, Queen Elizabeth I proclaimed St Mary Redcliffe "the fairest, goodliest, and most famous parish church in England".
Running beneath the area is a network of caves. There are many entrance and the full extent is unknown. It is thought that these cave have had many uses, including providing fine sand for the city's glass making trade and providing storage for goods that were to be shipped to America. It is also thought that these caves could have been used in the slave trade and there are local tales that the caves may have been used by smugglers and pirates for hidden treasure. The caves are closed to the public, but special historical tours can be arranged and they are opened to everyone each year in September as part of Bristol's Doors Open Day.
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Elements bar and restaurant serves a selection of light meals in a friendly environment - ideal for relaxing and unwinding after a long day.
Located close to Bristol Temple Meads, this hotel features modern rooms overlooking the city.
Based at Mercure Holland Hotel, Spa Naturel offers a range of luxurious beauty therapies and a selection of luxurious spa treatments.
Modern 131-room hotel, located close to Bristol Temple Meads railway station and the city centre
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme (Gold) 2012
Being located near Bristol Temple Meads makes this modern hotel and spa perfect for business and leisure.
Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel and Spa has transformed the public spaces, creating an extensive area for lounging, meeting, drinking and dining, in cosy bunks, booths, lounge areas and stylish seating.
Bristol’s newest and most vibrant chill out spot. Serving a range of delicious cocktails and food in a surrounding or Urban art in the heart of the city centre!
A great family hotel in the centre of Bristol which has a large number of rooms which have with two double beds, suitable for families. The hotel also has an indoor pool and restaurant.
Located just minutes from the fashionable Cabot Circus shopping centre with its eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, top of the range shops and entertainment venues, the Mews is a prime example of contemporary city living at its very best.
Michelin star restaurant Casamia, brings you a dining experience that is truly seasonal. Not only the delicious tasting menus but the very décor of this intimate restaurant change throughout the year.
With their open-plan kitchen and wood fired oven they created striped-back ‘Napoli meets Bristol’ pizzas in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
Friska’s mission is to sell “Feel Good Food” in Bristol
Café/restaurant above a specialised mountain bike shop on Bristol's Harbourside
The Old Market Assembly is a responsibly out-of-control restaurant/theatre/bakery and music venue. It's quite simply Bristol's most exciting cultural venue. We can't think of a reason not to go.
That most traditional of indulgences can be had at the Hilton Garden Inn
A café and bar in a Mongolian yurt, Yurt Lush brings a calming festival feel to Bristol’s bustling city centre.
Thekla is a multi-award winning, world famous, unique live music venue and club event space on board a German cargo ship, moored in Bristol’s city centre.
Passenger boat company providing public ferry services and private charter trips around Bristol and on the River Avon
Contemporary 167-room hotel, with an excellent restaurant, located near Bristol Temple Meads railway station
Moor Beer Company originated in Somerset in 2007 and relocated to Bristol in 2014. The brewery is recognised as one of world’s best, setting the benchmark for several beer styles.