Close to Temple Meads station and within walking distance to the centre, Totterdown’s popularity is growing as a place to both live and visit.

Thriving local businesses, award-winning cafes and a warm, community feel make this suburb well worth an explore. Faye Jenkins tells us about her home turf...

Aerial view of Totterdown, Bristol - credit Joshua Perrett
Totterdown from above. Credit: Joshua Perrett


Before you come to Totterdown, make sure you pack your sturdiest shoes (and legs!) because it’s hilly – Vale Street is reportedly the steepest residential street in England, fact fans.

You know what hills mean though – views, and Totterdown sure does have those. Climb to the top of any slope and you have a great panoramic view of the city, taking in Bristol’s skyline. It’s particularly magical at dusk, when the light takes on that golden hour feel and everything looks a little more special.

Speaking of pretty spots, Totterdown has iconic colourful houses abound, as well as Instagrammable graffiti and quirky artworks – take a stroll around the neighbourhood to see pompom-laden trees, painted fences and even graffitied drainpipes.

A view of Totterdown, Bristol - credit Paul Box
Steep street of Totterdown. Credit: Paul Box

Food and drink

When all that walking takes its toll on your appetite, you’ll be spoilt for choice. For breakfast, try Totterdown Canteen for a hearty fry up, and lunchtime calls for Farrows’ award winning fish and chips. In the evening stop in for delicious pizza at Acapella or pay a visit to Bruhaha, the area's local nano brewery and bar.

For a more traditional pub feel, try The Oxford for a favourite-with-the-locals roast, The Shakespeare for a cider, or catch a live band in an intimate space at The Thunderbolt. 

Totterdown Arts Trail

Visit at the end November and you’ll happen upon Totterdown Arts Trail, a friendly community event where artists open their homes to the public to display creative works, from pottery and sculpture to prints and handmade jewellery. Chat to the creators, get a glimpse into the artist’s studios and purchase some one-off delights.  

St Stephens Crescent in Totterdown, Bristol - credit Faye Jenkins
Colourful houses of Totterdown. Credit: Faye Jenkins

Victoria Park & Arnos Vale

Victoria Park, a vast Victorian space that spans Totterdown and neighbouring Bedminster is the perfect relaxing spot for picnics, a game of tennis or simply chilling out with a book.

The park’s hills also make it the perfect place to spot hot air balloons when it’s sunny, or fireworks when the dark nights draw in. 

Ramblers or fans of wildlife, try Arnos Vale Cemetery, a 170-year old cemetery accessible from Totterdown where you can explore nature trails, see impressive architecture and visit the café & gift shop. Bring the kids and the dogs!

Victoria Park in Bedminster, Bristol
Image - Victoria Park

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