Southville

Bristol
Bristol showing outdoor art

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.


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Whitehouse Guestrooms
Whitehouse Guestrooms
3 out of 5
28/30 Dean Lane Southville, Bristol, England
Located in Southville, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of M Shed, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. SS Great Britain and We The Curious are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Clean, tidy and comfortable.
"I’ve stopped here a few times over the last few years. Absolutely spotless rooms and bathrooms. Would highly recommend this place"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

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Cigar Factory Apartments
Cigar Factory Apartments
4.5 out of 5
127 -131 Raleigh Rd, Southville, Bristol, England
Located in Southville, this luxury apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tobacco Factory Theatre, SS Great Britain, and Ashton Gate Stadium. We The Curious ...
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The Wharf Your Apartment
The Wharf Your Apartment
4 out of 5
Coronation Road, Bristol, England
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spike Island, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. SS Great Britain ...
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The Ibrox Lodge
The Ibrox Lodge
3.5 out of 5
1 Dean Lane, Bristol, England
Located in Southville, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of M Shed and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and University of Bristol are also within ...
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2 Bedroom House in Popular Bristol Neighbourhood
2 Bedroom House in Popular Bristol Neighbourhood
3 out of 5
Park Road, Southville, Bristol, England
Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spike Island, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. SS Great Britain and We ...
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Your Apartment The Mural
Your Apartment The Mural
3.5 out of 5
2 Acramans Road, Bristol, England
Located in Southville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of M Shed, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, and O2 Academy. SS Great Britain and We The Curious ...
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