There’s a new map – and it’s unlike any you’ve seen before. Not only is it covered in amazing, unique artwork by talented local artists, but it puts the spotlights on businesses which trade in Bristolian money on Gloucester Road.

That’s right, Bristol has its own currency – the Bristol Pound, and one of the best things about our special Bristol cash, is that using it is always an adventure! Bristol Pounds can only be spent with local, independent businesses in the city which means that if you have these brightly-coloured notes in your pocket, you’ll find your way to a whole host of incredible Bristol indies.

Discovering these places just got a whole lot easier with the gorgeous new Bristol Pound Gloucester Road map...

Glos Rd map

Image - section of the new Bristol Pound Gloucester Road map

Discover Europe’s longest row of independents

Meander your way to some of Bristol’s quirkiest shops, cafés and art galleries - Gloucester Road’s claim to fame is that it’s the longest street of independent shops in Europe. The map starts at the handmade emporium and gift shop, 7th sea, by the Arches and ambles right the way up to Bristol’s first independent micropub, the Draper’s Arms.

Bristol pound map

Image - Bristol Pound's Gloucester Road map on display

Convert your dosh

The map highlights local ‘Cash Points’ where you can convert sterling to Bristol Pounds – worth doing as the notes are a work of art in themselves. You can also sign up for a Bristol Pound account if you prefer to pay using your phone.

Bristol pound notes

Image - Bristol pounds

Plot a course through the art scene

Gloucester Road is famed for its bohemian vibe, the map lets you plot a route through its mini art sector  – you’ll find a treasure trove of local arts and craft in Room 212 (eagle eyes will spot artists from the map), modern designer-makers wares in Paper Plane, contemporary jewellery in Artemis or art displays, music and fashion in Co-LAB. Snap up a souvenir to remind you of this proudly creative city!

room 212

Image - Room 212

Stop for a tipple

Craving a coffee? After a swift half or a cheeky tipple? Gloucester Road is teeming with cafés and pubs. Well-celebrated local boozers like the Gallimaufry (which often has live music) and the family-friendly Lazy Dog both have outside areas, perfect for a warm summer’s day. Café Grounded and funky Café Ronak make for delightful coffee stops.

Cafe Ronak

Image - Using the Gloucester Road Map to locate Café Ronak

Spend your dough

If you’re in need of a refuel after all that pottering, you’ll find lots of places to stop for delicious things to eat. Scoop up a bag of wholesome produce at Scoopaway Health Foods, pick up a warm loaf at Joe’s Bakery or dine at Green’s Restaurant.

Entertain the kids

Make a game of it and let youngsters use the map to spot businesses with Bristol Pound signs, or once you’re sitting down for a coffee at one of the umpteen cafés, why not get them to design their own version? Or why not treat the kiddos to something from the lovely Playfull Toyshop which specialises in beautiful wooden toys, or if tots have energy to burn, head for Kudacan with its soft play adventure zone, café and baby classes.

Banksy

Image - a Banksy, next  to The Canteen on Gloucester Road

Go off piste

There’s also oodles of exciting things to discover in the area if you venture slightly off the map. Right at the top of the road is The Wellington – part of Bath Ales pub estate, serving a great range of beers. Stroll just past The Sportsman and you’ll find Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground – recently host to the ICC Women’s World Cup. Head south, past walls adorned with street art (look out for the Banksy next to The Canteen) towards Stokes Croft and you’ll be rewarded with the original Pieminster and its hearty mouth-watering menu. 

Spending Bristol Pounds is such a simple way to support the people and places which make this city so special. What’s more, Bristol Pounds stay in the city – they can’t leave, meaning they build community connections and work for individuals to create a happy local economy. Who knew you could have a fun day out and change the world at the same time?

The Gloucester Road map is available for free at any of the Bristol Pound businesses on Gloucester road, and at the Tourist Information Centre on the Harbourside.

*The Bristol Pound is an alternative local currency which can be used with over 800 businesses across the city, as well as to pay bills and taxes. Payments are made online, by text and using the iconic paper notes. Members hold a personal or a business account and make transactions in Bristol Pounds rather than in Sterling. The Bristol Pound is a not-for-profit partnership between Bristol Pound Community Interest Company (CIC) and Bristol Credit Union.

Find out more at bristolpound.org

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