Living around… Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road

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We explore the areas on and around Bristol’s most famous road and bohemian district…

The areas around Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft are bright, bustling and beautifully bohemian. With so much to offer, it’s a haven for young families, professionals and students alike. Colourful street art is rife, and community spirit is in abundance, making it an increasingly popular area to move to. We explore the key elements of the areas so you can find out more…

Housing

There is a huge variety of property on and around Gloucester Road. From the family-focused area of Bishopston, made up of period terraced houses and converted flats, to the grand Georgian and Victorian homes in St Andrews, there’s something for everyone. Those looking to move to the area should consider the area of Stokes Croft – the actual ‘strip’ encompasses many flats, and Brunswick and Portland Square are home to a selection of stunning new-build developments that are perfect for first-time buyers. Beautiful properties can be found around every corner, however, and vary in type and price depending on what area you choose from.

Shopping

Gloucester Road is famous for being one of the longest roads of independent traders in the country. There is literally everything you could think of here – craft shops, vintage shops, clothes shops, wine shops, toy shops, the list goes on and on. Each trader supports each other – maintaining an air of independence, and Stokes Croft is no different. This area, although largely dominated by pubs, bars and restaurants, also has a thriving retail scene, with Bristol-based labels such as That Thing and other unique traders setting up shop. Cabot Circus is also a short walk away, offering high-street and well-known retailers, and there are both local and established supermarkets that serve the area.

Food and Drink

Both Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft offer so much choice when it comes to food and drink. Starting at the bottom – Stokes Croft is home to some of the finest Jamaican food in the city, with Caribbean Croft and Rice and Things, and is a haven for vegans. There are regular pop-up restaurants operating in many of the pubs, and The Canteen and Poco Tapas are must-visits for local food and excellent drinks. Gloucester Road has just about every cuisine imaginable – Thai, Chinese, Italian and Japanese just to name a few! It’s also the perfect place for a few drinks – there are pubs dotted along the road at regular intervals. Visit the Gallimaufry for small plates and local beers, or go all out at The Hobgoblin and order their dirty, dirty fries…

Schools

There’s a reason these areas are so popular with families – there is an abundance of both private and state schools to choose from. Located towards the top end of Stokes Croft/Cheltenham Road is The Dolphin School and Colston’s Girls’ School, whilst just after The Arches is Sefton Park Infants and Junior School and St Bonaventure’s Primary School and Bishop Road Primary School in Bishopston. Also in the vicinity is the Pied Piper Pre-school Playgroup, Clyde House Day Nursery, Ashley Down Infants’ School and Ashley Down Primary School. Wherever you decide to send your kids though, there’s such a sense of community here that they’re sure to make friends very quickly!

Transport

It’s incredibly easy to get absolutely anywhere from Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road. The areas are well served by regular buses that take you all over the city, but most places are walkable. As ever with Bristol, there are multiple cycle paths everywhere, but what makes public transport here particularly convenient are the train stations. Montpelier train station is just a short walk from The Arches at the end of Cheltenham Road, whilst Redland train station is a 10-minute walk from the Zetland Road junction – both provide access to Temple Meads station, with its direct rail links to London and beyond.

Image credit: Flickr – KylaBorg

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