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St Nicholas Market
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Bristol’s oldest market is still very much alive with merchants and shoppers. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the best days to visit.

St. Nicholas Market is a vibrant area of shops and covered and uncovered stalls in Bristol’s “old city.” It’s a delightful place to grab lunch, find a bargain, or simply spend an hour or two browsing. The market started life in 1743, and today remains surrounded by handsome Georgian architecture. In 2010, it was named as one of the U.K.’s top 10 markets.

St. Nicholas Market, known locally as “St. Nicks,” is open daily Monday to Saturday. The setting is under a glass Georgian arcade. Independent traders sell anything from books or wine, to art or souvenirs. Three extra weekly markets take place; every Wednesday is the Farmers Market. On Friday, the Food Market sets up. On Friday and Saturday, the “Nails” arts and crafts market takes over.

On the first Sunday of every month, three additional markets join forces; the Book Market, Slow Food Market and the Art Market.

The Nails Market derives its name from the brass pillars on Corn Street. Traders used to conduct business between these pillars, or “nails” as they were called. The commodity of the past was sacks of corn but today the Nails Market focuses on arts, crafts, jewelry and clothing.

At the Farmers Market and Food Market, you can put together a picnic to go and eat by the river in nearby Castle Park. Cheese, bread, chicken and organic juice are just a few of the products available. Produce is sourced locally, within a 40-mile (64-kilometer) radius of Bristol. If you’d rather eat in, there are a number of pubs and eateries close by.

St. Nicholas Market is based on Corn Street in the center of the old city. The visiting markets also take place here, and on nearby streets. It’s a five-minute drive or 10-minute bus ride from Bristol Temple Meads, the main station in the city.

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The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is CA $118 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3

Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas ...

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"Hotel was very nice staff very helpful was very well placed only down side was all the pubs shut due to lockdown so couldn’t take full advantage of hotel location"…"

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Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
The price is CA $97 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5

Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,673 reviews)

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Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
The price is CA $83 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. University of Bristol ...

3.6/5Good! (992 reviews)
Small rooms but good for what we wanted

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Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2020

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
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The Bristol Hotel
The Bristol Hotel
4 out of 5
Prince Street, Bristol, England
The price is CA $118 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
The Bristol Hotel
Future Inn Bristol
Future Inn Bristol
4 out of 5
Bond Street South, Bristol, England
The price is CA $97 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5
Future Inn Bristol
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
Broad Street, Bristol, England
The price is CA $83 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
4 out of 5
Central Quay South, Bristol, England
The price is CA $88 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
SACO Bristol - Broad Quay
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
53-55 Corn St, Bristol, England
Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
4 out of 5
College Green, Bristol, England
The price is CA $109 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5
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Brooks Guesthouse Bristol
Brooks Guesthouse Bristol
4 out of 5
Exchange Ave, off St Nicholas Street, Bristol, England
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Mercure Bristol Holland House
Mercure Bristol Holland House
4 out of 5
Redcliffe Hill, Bristol, England
The price is CA $89 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
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SACO Bristol - West India House
SACO Bristol - West India House
4 out of 5
2-4 Welsh Back, Bristol, England
The price is CA $124 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24
SACO Bristol - West India House
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