Brislington is a district about 3 miles to the south of the city centre, a residential district with mainly Victorian terraced housing, though with some more modern property towards the southern fringes (with some exceptions). Sandy Park provides the main shopping area, with a post office, range of local everyday shops and cafes making it a useful local centre. It spans quite a wide area, most centrally incorporating the area commonly known as Arnos Vale, which runs along the Bath Road between the 3 lamps junction towards Temple Meads, and the junction of the A4 at the bottom of Sandy Park Road.
Arnos Vale is closest to Temple Meads mainline railway station (0.6 miles), making it ideal for commuters and those wishing to access the city centre (2 miles). The Paintworks is an innovative industrial conversion to workshops and studios and includes a popular local haunt for youngsters Bocabar, with a lively bar, with regular live music offerings, as well as a food market. The Thunderbolt is an excellent independent live music venue.
Arnos Vale cemetery is a beautiful Victorian community run cemetery which provided everlasting homes for many of the great and the good in days gone by. The community gardens and woodlands present a wonderful glimpse into the past, and the perfect setting for a city walk. Arnos Vale park is adjoining. Victoria Park is only 1 mile, one of the city’s finest open spaces.
Bath is just 10 miles away, via A4 Bath Road, which runs right through Brislington. There are regular buses, or equally regular trains if you prefer to travel that way from Temple Meads. Brislington village is a little to the south of Arnos Vale, and St Luke’s church dates back to the 15th century. A little further south again is the continuation of Brislington village, as it is still called, but can confuse, given nowadays it is an industrial centre with a range of car and building suppliers, and a retail park including Halfords, Toys R Us, Matalan and TK Maxx.
Holymead and West Town Lane primary schools are both well regarded in Brislington, with several other options close by. Oasis Academy secondary school, Ashton Park, and Cathedral Choir school are 3 of the secondary school options. There is also a sixth form college, St Brendan’s, opposite the Park and Ride, to the southern edge of Brislington.