Image of Totterdown, Bristol

Totterdown

Located just 1 mile to the south of Bristol Temple Meads, and 1.8 miles to the south of Cabot Circus and 1.5 miles to the city centre. It was voted 5th hippest places in the country in 2016 by the Times!

There are excellent local bus services with regular buses to Temple Meads, the city centre, Cribbs causeway and Bath.

Totterdown is a magnet for creative people. Home of the first arts trail in Bristol, its quirky charm and aesthetic appeal of the different coloured terraced houses is an iconic sight to the south of the city. Located in one of the hilliest areas of the city in places, including what is believed to be the steepest street in England, Vale St, the geology providing much of its charm.

Great controversy struck Totterdown in the 1960s, when many of the houses were demolished in anticipation of an outer ring road which never materialised. This explains why the period homes in Totterdown are set in two distinct areas, lower Totterdown towards Victoria Park to the west, and Upper Totterdown, off Wells Road down to Bath Road to the east, with the New Walls development of newer homes linking the two.

Totterdown is blessed with open spaces, with two of its finest at either end. To the west, Victoria Park, a large Victorian park with wonderful views across the city, well stocked play area, tennis and bowls clubs, skateboard park area, cycle path, and park café, and to the east Arnos Vale cemetery, a wonderful community run Victorian cemetery with café and lovely woodland walks, linking Bath Road to Cemetery Road in Upper Totterdown.

Hillcrest primary school is the highly respected local school where competition is fierce for places (Ofsted report ‘good’ 2016), and contributes to it being a very appealing area for young families. Children’s playing facilities are good in School Road and nearby Perrett’s Park, with its stunning vista across the city.

There are an increasing number of independent shops and cafés on Wells Road, as well as Tesco, an artisan bakery, and several excellent local pubs, notably The Oxford and The Shakespeare to name but two. There is a music festival in addition to the arts trail based around the Oxford, which has regular DJ slots for the younger clientele.

Such a central location makes it a great place from which to explore our fair city.



Image of the top of Arno's Vale Cemetry, Bristol Image of Victoria Park, looking towards Totterdown, Bristol Image of The Shakespeare Pub, Totterdown, Bristol