The centrepiece of St George in Bristol is the synonymous Victorian Park. Its elegant walkways are pretty much unchanged in 100 years. With a lake, play-park, bowling green and tennis courts, it provides residents of St George of all ages and interests with a wonderful recreational space.
The houses are typically Victorian, too, and are often terraced. Rental prices are lower in St George compared to many other areas of Bristol, so it may be possible to pick up a characterful period property at something of a bargain price.
To and from St George
St George is well connected. Church Road – which is packed with independent shops and businesses – leads you into the centre (to the rear of Cabot Circus and Broadmead). The numbers 42 and 43 bus routes offer public transport to and from the Centre as well as to the outskirts of Bristol. St George is also close to Lawrence Hill train station on that useful train-line that runs from Temple Meads to Severn Beach. This links residents to Clifton, Redland and Montpelier among other places, not to mention the easy access to Temple Meads.
St George Community
St George is a multi-cultural area and some people will love the diversity this brings. It has been touted, along with neighbouring Redfield, to be an ‘up-and-coming area’, although this view may not be universal.
Back to St George Park and it is the location for one of the major annual events of the area: Redfest. A locally-organised, independent festival that includes music, food, children’s activities and other entertainment over a weekend each summer. The festival has been running for five years now and is going from strength to strength.
The nearest primary schools are Summerhill Infant and Summerhill Junior Academy (both rated good by OFSTED ) and St George’s C of E Primary (nursery through to age 11, 2013 Ofsted rating “requires improvement”). The City Academy in Easton is the nearest secondary school and is judged to be ‘Good and improving’ in its latest OFSTED report (2012). It is a large school (1,200 students) with a sixth form. It is a specialist sports college which recruits 10% of its intake on sporting aptitude.
Eating and drinking in St George
St George is not far from the centre but there is no need to travel to get something to eat or drink. Popular local coffee chain Grounded has a café close to St George’s Park and there is a variety of pubs in the area that offer food as well as drink.
St George offers a budget option for people wanting to rent somewhere with good access to the centre of Bristol. It has some attractive features such as its park, and character injected by a diverse local community. If this sounds appealing to you, contact Gough Quarters today to see what rental properties are available in St George.