Positioned just south of Clifton and one mile from Bristol City Centre, Hotwells boasts stunning views of the Cumberland Basin and the Avon Gorge, as well as those colourful houses that so stand out in Bristol’s skyline.
This beautiful, vibrant part of the city has a very strong rental market, typically for flats and terraced houses, and it has lots to offer if you’re looking for a home that’s close to the action without the city centre price tag. The area is quite popular with young people, as the shops, clubs, bars, cinemas, theatres and restaurants of the city centre are just a short walk or bus ride away.
From Hotwells, it is a pleasant 15-20 minute walk along the river to reach the city centre. Alternatively, buses run frequently along Hotwell Road and they often charge less for travelling just a few stops. Buses also connect Hotwells to other major parts of Bristol, including Clifton, Temple Meads and Cribbs Causeway.
If two wheels are more your style, there are clearly marked cycle lanes running the length of Hotwell Road and around the city centre. And with the river right on your doorstep, you can also take advantage of the regular ferry boat service that runs from Hotwells to the centre to Temple Meads and back again, every day.
Hotwells has two schools – Hotwells Primary School and St George C of E Primary School – and there are several secondary schools within comfortable driving distance. There is also a small student community in Hotwells, as there is some student accommodation on offer and the area is close to both The University of Bristol and The University of the West of England campuses. Hotwells is also very close to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital, and the major Portway Road (the A4) that runs along the west side of Bristol.
As for outdoor green spaces, buses regularly connect Hotwells with the wide open Clifton Down, and the beautiful Ashton Court Estate, where you can see wild deer or visit an on-site café. Every year Ashton Court plays host to the iconic Bristol Balloon Festival, which fills the sky with hot air balloons and puts on an evening light show.
Things to do
Hotwells has plenty to offer both adults and children. The At-Bristol Science Centre and Bristol Aquarium offer great days out for families, and the SS Great Britain – moored on the other side of the river – is a great place to visit if you love maritime history. As for night life, you can try local craft beers or the Monday-night pub quiz at the converted barge bar, the Grain Barge, and you can find a range of restaurants that offer British, Thai and Indian cuisine.
The area’s riverside location also gives the water-loving resident the chance to indulge in loads of exciting watersports. The Baltic Wharf Leisure Centre offers activities from canoeing to sailing to paddle boarding, and you can go rowing or sculling in the river with the nearby Bristol Rowing Club.
If you’re thinking of renting or letting in Hotwells, please contact Gough Quarters for more information.
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