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Bristol Area Guide - Totterdown

Known for steep climbs, stunning views, and colourful houses. For a long time, it’s been popular with young professionals who commute into the city centre and it was voted the ‘fifth hippest’ place to live in 2016.


There’s a good mix of Victorian and Edwardian terraced housing, with a good selection of flats. The area hosts paintworks, a hub for creative businesses and apartments. The area is best known for its famous colourful houses and having the steepest residential street in England, Vale Street.

Although it’s only a 15 minute stroll to Temple Meads Train Station houses prices are much cheaper here. The average sold price is £304,096, over £60,000 less than the Bristol average and over £30,000 less than nearby Bedminster.

Things to do

With steep hills come excellent views. You have excellent views of the city from almost any of the hills in the area, especially overlooking the Clifton suspension bridge. For those not wanting to tackle the hills, Victoria park is nearby and those looking for more wilderness can stroll through the 170 year old Arnos Vale Cemetery.

For food and drinks, there are plenty of independent options for all occasions. For breakfast, you can pick up a full English at Totterdown Canteen. Farrows is an award-winning fish and chip shop, or at the other end of the spectrum is Eat Your Greens, an excellent plant based cafe. Acapella serves up amazing Stone baked pizzas while Assilah can get your taste buds tingling with their Morrocan delights.

For those looking for more traditional gourmet options, The Rising Star is well known for its cider and Sunday Roasts while the Oxford is the pub of choice for many, serving up the best local Ale's.

In November you’ll find the Totterdown Art trail. A friendly community event where artists open their homes to display creative works.


There are three Primary schools nearby, one of which is independent. Both Hillcrest Primary and Knowle Park primary are rated good by Ofsted. Slightly further away is Oasis Acadamy, rated outstanding by Ofsted.

For secondary schools, you’ll need to look slightly further away. In the south is Oasis Academy John Williams, rated good by Ofsted whilst towards the city, there is St Mary Redcliffe and Temple school rated excellent.

Head to the app to see each school's full report and catchment area to see which areas they cover.

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