Bristol area guides

Clifton Area Guide

Originally a hillside settlement, separate from Bristol, the area became subsumed by urban growth. Still considered to be the most affluent part of Bristol, Clifton's growth came from the successes of the tobacco and slave trades. With Bristol being dominated by the port, and Clifton being... Read more



Long Ashton

Long Ashton is a village on the outskirts of Bristol, in North Somerset. The area is ideally situated with easy access to major transport hubs. Bristol Airport is a short drive away to the south west. In the other direction, Bristol city centre is close, up the A370 to Ashton Gate, where you can... Read more




For some, Hotwells and Bristol Harbour area is the most exciting and historic part of the city. Hotwells is the area that lies south of Clifton and is bordered by the River Avon, which flows through the Clifton Suspension Bridge before turning east - cutting a line between Bristol centre and... Read more




Redland is an affluent suburb of Bristol that's north-east of Clifton and south of Westbury-on-Trym. The generally accepted boundaries are Whiteladies Road, in the west, Cranbrook Road in the East and then the small Severn Beach railway line in the south. Redland has a station on the line,... Read more




Kingsdown has perhaps the best connection to a royal legacy, because it was central to the royal garrison. Kingsdown is so named because it was originally the large green space where the royal cavalry would exercise its horses, which were garrisoned nearby, about half a mile from the actual... Read more



Sneyd Park

Known as the home of local millionaires, Sneyd Park was originally known as Sneed Park in the 13th Century, when it was an enclosed deer park. The park was a supplier of venison to the bishops of Worcester, who were given the land by William I. The expansive green spaces of the Downs stretch... Read more




Cotham is an affluent suburb of Bristol, sandwiched between Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down and the city centre. Depending on where in Cotham you live, there are three train stations that take you into Temple Meads in the city centre - the other end of the line being Severn Beach, near... Read more



Bristol City Centre

The heart of Bristol is, undeniably, the Broadmead shopping centre - because this is where most people gravitate. Also known as Bristol's Shopping Quarter, this largely pedestrianised precinct has been a central hub for the city since it was developed in the 1950s, following the Blitz, which... Read more



Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods is a nature lover's dream - with extensive walks in green National Trust land stretching up the length of the Avon Gorge. Offering tremendous views of Sneyd Park and Clifton on the other side of the River Avon, walkers can enjoy the rich flora and fauna of the Leigh Woods nature... Read more