The City: A Visitor's Guide
Sep 21, 2016
If you’re planning a stay in Redland or Gloucester Road, Bristolians would affirm that you’ve chosen well. Famed for its leafy suburban surrounds, Redland is situated to the west of Gloucester Road, which itself holds an array of enticing independent shops, cafes and boutiques.
If you’re visiting but would rather get away from the hustle and bustle of the centre, this corner of the city was made for you. Situated less than three miles from the heart of Bristol, you can experience all that the city has to offer from a comfortable and calm residence that’s just a stone’s throw from one of the most popular streets in Bristol.
By night, Redland generally goes a bit quiet due to its residential nature. But fun is never far away: a stroll towards Gloucester Road will take you right into the heart of the action, passing some enticing spots on the way.
If you’re heading along Zetland Road and fancy something sizzling, check out the fajitas at Casa Mexicana. You’ll enjoy vast portions and can even indulge in a jug of sangria to wash it down. The Tinto Lounge serves up great food in a homely environment that’ll put you at your ease as soon as you walk in. With generous portions and plenty of choice, you’ll find yourself popping back for another try.
The Royal Oak a little further up the road is a family-friendly pub, offering well-kept ales and a warm welcome – great for a relaxing after-dinner drink.
Bristol is famous for its fantastic music scene so if you’re in the mood to discover something new, you might get lucky at Blue Lagoon where they regularly host open mic nights and local musical talent. A similar live music hotspot is The Golden Lion, particularly busy on a Tuesday night.
Redland is packed with fantastic examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture and a sunny Sunday afternoon is best spent enjoying a stroll around the area. Redland Green is pleasant to amble around and to the west, Clifton and Durdham Downs provide vast green space that’s perfect for walking or jogging.
Spend a day exploring the one-off shops and boutiques of Gloucester Road and you’re sure to find some truly unique souvenirs. Antiques dealers, designer gift shops, galleries, organic food shops and bakeries line either side of the street and it’s easy to while away many hours snaking your way up the road.
Keep your eyes peeled for street art and pop in to one of the fabulous cafes or pubs for a refresher. Gloucester Road offers one of the longest stretches of independent establishments in the UK so you’ll be supporting a great little community with your custom.
Redland itself has a small train station (which is worth a visit even if you’re not travelling) with connections to Temple Meads running fairly regularly, getting you there in around 15 minutes.
Buses number 8 and 9 run at least twice hourly in peak times between Bristol Temple Meads, passing through Clifton en route, for those who’d like to hop off and check out the suspension bridge.