A guide to Southville, Bristol

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After inspiring you with our Area Guides of both Bristol and Bath, we’re back with a more in depth guide to a specific, popular location within Bristol – Southville. A vibrant corner of South Bristol, Southville is known for its colourful street art, bustling pubs and independent shops. 

In this article, we are going to explore Southville, delving into its interesting history and vibrant culture so that you are well-prepped for your next visit and know exactly what to do and where to go! 

So, where exactly is Southville?

Located in the south of Bristol, past the floating harbour, Southville is set along the River Avon, between Ashton and Bedminster. There’s actually some debate as to where Southville ends and Bedminster begins – they’re very intertwined – but hopefully this gives you some idea of where to find Southville. 

Within walking distance of the city centre via the harbourside, Southville is home to the bustling community of North Street – a hub of boutiques, pubs, galleries and restaurants – and offers its residents beautiful views of the river. Close by is the suburb of Bedminster which also offers many bars and restaurants.

What to do in Southville?

Living in Southville means that you’ll never be short of something to do! The possibilities really are endless, so we are going to try our best to narrow it down slightly, whilst still giving some ideas that suit a range of tastes! Let’s go!

For the foodies

The ever-hungry residents and tourists among you will be happy, because there are plenty of different restaurants in Southville. Whatever tingles your tastebuds, you’ll find it within Southville. From mouth-watering burgers at Oowee Diner to delicious Middle Eastern tapas at The Souk Kitchen, there really is something for everyone!

For the pub goers

If a pie and a pint is more up your street (pardon the pun), you’ll have plenty of choice in Southville. The Coronation, often referred to as Southville’s hidden gem, is a popular pub with the locals, as it boasts a colourful graffitied exterior, a cosy atmosphere, an impressive menu and affordable prices!

The Bristol Beer Factory is a pub with a difference. Enjoy a pint (or several) of Bristol brewed beers and ales whilst you watch the hustle and bustle of North Street, or pop into the shop to buy some cans to enjoy at a later date with friends.

For the culture seekers

It’s not just food and drink in Southville. There are plenty of cultural events to visit too. For any thespians reading, it might be worth paying a visit to the Tobacco Factory to watch one of the many shows they have on offer all year round! 

If theatre isn’t your thing, you may be more interested in the Winter Lantern Parade, which takes place in December. This event sees around 1,500 people and thousands of illuminated lanterns, accompanied by music, every single year! 

As well as this, for one weekend in February, the residential streets surrounding North Street participate in Window Wanderland, decorating their windows for a walking trail that illuminates the entire area!

For the families

Worried about whether Southville is the right place to raise a family? Worry no more! With something for everyone, Southville is an ideal location for families! Hosting a portfolio of different flats, bungalows and terraced, semi-detached and detached houses, mixing stunning historic buildings with beautiful newbuild designs. 

There are two primary schools to choose from in the area: Luckwell and Southville Primary School, and a host of well-rated secondary schools are not too far away – the closest being Ashton Park School in Ashton.

Transport in Southville

Navigating Southville and its surrounding areas couldn’t be easier thanks to its excellent transportation links. The neighbourhood has frequent bus services connecting it to the city centre and beyond. For those who prefer to cycle, Southville boasts an extensive network of cycle lanes, making it easy to explore the city on two wheels. If you need to travel outside of Bristol for business or pleasure, Bristol’s main railway station, Temple Meads, is just a short distance away, providing convenient access to destinations across the UK.  Properties in Southville

Southville’s real estate is as diverse as its community, offering something for everyone, from Victorian terraces to modern apartments. Its historic streets are lined with charming period properties, featuring distinctive architectural details and characterful interiors. Meanwhile, new developments showcase modern, contemporary designs, appealing to those seeking a more modern lifestyle. 

With its close proximity to the city centre and abundance of local amenities, including schools, parks, and independent shops, Southville continues to attract homebuyers.

How Aspire to Move can help

If you’re looking for a place to live in Southville, Bristol, Aspire to Move are here to help. Our broad knowledge of Bristol alongside our expertise in securing ideal homes for tenants across the South West means that we are your go to letting agent in Bristol.

We have years of experience in helping tenants to find their dream properties, no matter what they’re looking for.

Contact us now to explore your needs and find out how we are able to help you in the search for your perfect property.



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