Browse independent shops, attend a soccer match and be part of a street art festival at this vibrant riverside neighborhood.
Wander to the south of Bristol Floating Harbour to colorful Southville. Set along the River Avon, Southville was once the home of the labor force of Bristol’s coal mining, tanning and tobacco industries. The area was damaged in World War II, gentrified in the 1980s and soon after began attracting artists and independent traders.
North Street is the beating heart of the district and marks the border between Southville and Bedminster. The street is home to boutiques, farmers markets, galleries, gastropubs, microbreweries and restaurants that serve cuisine inspired by the flavors of Africa and Asia. Along the street you’ll find the Tobacco Factory Theatres, an intimate performing arts venue located inside a collection of converted factory buildings. It puts on everything from adaptations of Shakespearean classics to events during the Mayfest contemporary theater festival.
If you like the outdoors then head to Southville's Greville Smyth Park, which has well-kept lawns, a children’s playground, soccer fields and exercise stations. Watch skateboarders and BMX riders perform tricks at Dame Emily Park. In Bedminster, Windmill Hill City Farm has a working farm and organic herb, fruit and vegetable gardens. Get involved with family-friendly activities such as art classes, cooking workshops and children’s yoga.
Sports fans should make sure to check the schedule at the 27,000-capacity Ashton Gate Stadium. This is the home of Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby.
Visit Bristol in July for the free Upfest Festival, when over 400 street artists perform live at 50 locations in Southville and Bedminster. Live music performances and food markets accompany the shows. Find out more and peruse exhibitions at the Upfest Gallery.
Southville is a 10-minute drive or a 30-minute walk from Bristol City Centre. Public buses stop on North Street and the most convenient train station is Bedminster. There’s footbridge access across the river to Spike Island. From here it is easy to reach major attractions in Bristol Harbourside by foot, including the SS Great Britain and M Shed museum.