Old Market: A visitor's guide

Residing in the East of the city centre and just a short walk away from Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, the area known as Old Market is rich in heritage and offers a multi-cultural environment against the backdrop of historically beautiful architecture.

What to do in the evenings

Old Market is home to some of Bristol’s oldest buildings, 60 of which are listed and some even date back to before the 17th Century.

Notable landmark buildings in the area have been converted into exciting venues which are worth a visit during the evenings. The grade II listed Trinity Centre, formerly known as The Holy Trinity Church, is a cultural hub of the city and has hosted major musical events for the past two decades. It is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together for a mixture of live music events, arts and performances.

This area also has an eclectic mix of local pubs and bars which all have a welcoming atmosphere. The renovated Stag and Hounds Public House, which dates back to 1483, is a great local pub for an evening drink and food and often has live music and quizzes to join in with.

What to do at the weekend

Old Market has an array of independent shops to explore at the weekends which are not only unique to this area of Bristol, but are a refreshing change to the usual high-street shops.

Electric Ladyland is a store dedicated to quirky guitars, Dainese D-store provides clothing and accessories for mountain bikers and motorcyclists, and The Hydra is a community book shop which doubles up as a coffee shop and music venue offering a great meeting space where people can socialise, read literature and drink gourmet coffee.

For some culture, Arts West Side gallery can be visited and offers creative workshops, a meeting space and a place for local artists to showcase their work.


Old Market Street is in a perfect location for easy access to transport links around the City. Bristol’s main train station, Temple Meads, is a 10 minute walk away and offers great connections to London and the surrounding area.

There are also a range of bus stops close by which can take you into the heart of the city centre or to other local areas such as Southmead or Brislington.