Southville Area Guide BS3
Are you thinking about renting or buying a home to live, in Southville? This vibrant corner of South-Bristol has a great deal to offer. Often referred to, somewhat tongue in cheek, as Lower Clifton, Southville has a heart & soul.
The centre of the community in Southville is the impressive North Street. This lively road of shops and places to eat and drink boasts some real gems of BS3.
Across the road from the Northwood Bristol office is the Tobacco Factory. A large and imposing structure. Located on the junction of North Street & Raleigh Road. This is the last remaining part of the old W. D. & H. O. Wills tobacco factory site. Saved from demolition by the architect and former Bristol Mayor George Ferguson. It has become a model for urban regeneration. Featuring at its hub a cafe bar offering food, drink, music & art. A welcoming spot for family and friends to meet & relax in a quite unique setting.
A fantastic theatre hosts shows all year round & there is a market every Sunday in the courtyard. It boasts some great food stalls and is a fine place to spend time on a Sunday browsing for goodies.
Established in 2004 is Southville’s very own brewery. The very tasty Southville hop heads the range of craft beers from The Bristol Beer Factory. You can get a heady waft of hops as you walk down North Street towards Ashton Gate! If the smell is too much you can pop into the tap room and try a pint or two.
If your evening meal requires meat sourced from local & ethical providers. The winner of best local butchers in the Bristol Good Food awards four years running is nearby. Rare Butchers on North Street have a superb selection to tempt your palate.
If it’s a vegetarian night, fret not. North Street has it all. The Ashton fruit Shop next door to the Northwood Office is a gem of a Greengrocer. Bursting with fresh, seasonal fruit and veg, putting a menu together here is a breeze.
For a delicious range of organic and wholefoods there is the Southville Deli. This is also a popular spot for an alfresco coffee & sandwich. You can watch the hustle & bustle of BS3 life passing as you eat and drink. Fresh Herberts bread, local cheeses and great wines will be sure to tempt you back in when you’ve finished.
This is a flavour of what North Street has to offer. It is a great destination with much more than we are able to mention here. If you are lucky enough to realise your dream move to Southville, all this is on your doorstep.
How will your doorstep look? Most residential property in Southville is mid to late 1800’s. Long sweeping streets of attractive Victorian terraced & semi-detached houses are the norm here. You will also discover modern apartment blocks and characterful conversions. These compliment the more traditional housing and provide options for first-time buyers & down-sizers.
Rated outstanding is Ashton Gate Primary school. Rated good are Southville Primary & Holy Cross RC Primary school.
The proximity of Southville to Bristol City Centre is an appealing factor. Nestled to the south of the River Avon & east of Greville Smyth Park. It’s a short walk from Southville to the Harbourside across Gaol Ferry Bridge. From here you can find Wapping Wharf, the Arnolfini and press on to Cascade steps in the centre itself.