Totterdown, Bristol

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Totterdown houses, from Albert Road railway bridge.jpg
Totterdown houses
Totterdown is located in Bristol
 Totterdown shown within Bristol
OS grid reference ST607712
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bristol South
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Coordinates: 51°26′20″N 2°33′58″W / 51.4388°N 2.5660°W / 51.4388; -2.5660

Totterdown is an inner suburb of Bristol, England, situated just south of the River Avon and south-east of Temple Meads railway station and the city centre. It rises relatively steeply from the river bank to a largely terraced Victorian housing area which is notable for its painted homes - often in bright colours - that can be seen from some distance. There is a tight network of extremely steep roads in Upper Totterdown, of which Vale Street, although very short, is alleged[citation needed] to be the steepest residential road in England. For safety cars can only be parked on it at an angle to the kerb.

Once mainly a working class area and built for the nearby railway industry, in the mid to late 19th century, Totterdown has become a popular area for the younger generation taking up work in the city centre.

Food and drink[edit]

Totterdown has several local pubs some of which attract a younger clientele with DJ nights. Pubs offering music include The Oxford,Shakespeare New Found Out and the Thunderbolt (previously known as "The Turnpike"). The Oxford has regular live music including "open mike" events and the Thunderbolt books local and national bands. On Sundays there is live music and food for a fiver at the Thali.[1]

The Thali cafe is famous for its eco-friendly food and take-away scheme using tiffins, winning the Observer food award for "best cheap eat". The Thali offers venue hire for private functions such as weddings, workshops and parties.

Banco Lounge, a smart cafe bar based in the old YWCA building on Wells Road, opened in July 2006. In December 2006 the Cumberland on St Luke's Road was given a makeover and opened as a gastro pub called the Star and Dove.

The Bocabar opened in the Paintworks (formerly Central Trading Estate) in 2005 and serves tapas, pizzas, cakes, cappucinos with a licensed bar.

Mrs Brown's Cafe opened in Victoria Park in spring 2007, serving Fairtrade coffee and cakes from a caravan.

Local facilities[edit]

The area also has a Tesco Express, a garage (repairs and MOTs), a convenience store called Patco Supermarket which offers everything from groceries to key cutting,[2] a chemist, an optician, a wine shop, a fruit and veg shop, a Gym (offering gym, aerobics, etc. plus treatment rooms), various hairdressers and beauty treatment rooms as well as a doctors surgery, and is well served by buses into town and across to Clifton. There is also a Mosque, known as Bristol Jamia Mosque close to Victoria Park.


Totterdown is popular with young families. There are daily toddler groups at Totterdown Baptist Church. Victoria Park has a good newish play area at the top of the park, as well as tennis courts, basketball courts, football pitches, skatepark, and more.

School Road Park has undergone a transformation and contains challenging play equipment for younger children including swings, slides, mini trampolines, and a sandpit.

Perrett's Park is a natural amphitheater with benches around the top along Bayham Road and Sylvia Avenue: a place where the balloon ascent can be seen during the summer Balloon Fiesta. It also has a play area suitable for the under 10s.


In the last few years the Totterdown Art trail Frontroom has been gaining in popularity. This event invites visitors into the houses of artists in this area of Bristol to view a large range of local artwork.

There is an amateur weather site in Totterdown that has a website for local climate details.

The Thali Cafe in William Street, features a larger than life bust of Raisa Gorbachev above its front door. This dates from the 1980s when the cafe was previously named Glasnost.


Totterdown is believed to be the site of the Aldebury Iron Age hill fort behind Bellevue; however, the area is now built over.[3]


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  2. ^ [1], Bristol. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  3. ^ "English Heritage National Monuments record: Avon". Retrieved 13 February 2011. 

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