CITY LIVING @TOTTERDOWN
It’s one of the ‘hippest places to live in the UK’ according to The Times, as bright and lively as the rows of technicoloured houses it’s famous for. Totterdown is cultured and diverse, a neighbourhood with real community spirit, with refreshing green spaces, convenient local shops and amazing pubs and restaurants. And of course, there are those fantastic views. It's city living rediscovered, high on the hill overlooking town.
Postcode: BS4 3BB
Local Shopping and Retail Therapy
You’ll find everything you need right on your doorstep, and all of Bristol’s major shopping areas within easy reach.
For day to day essentials Wells Road, Totterdown’s main shopping stretch, is only a block away. There are supermarkets, convenience shops, chemists, cafes and grocers, as well as a quirky mix of local stores with real character. Up the hill, towards Knowle, is the Broadwalk shopping centre, and several large superstores are just a short trip away.
Bristol Shopping Quarter
From Totterdown, you’re within walking distance of the best city centre shopping in the South West, including Cabot Circus and The Galleries, and the pedestrianised areas around Broadmead, Quakers Friars and The Arcade. You’ll find flagship department stores, high street favourites and stylish designer names, as well over 100 independent retailers. And with a huge selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to keep you going, you can shop without any danger of dropping.
Down by the riverside, Wapping Wharf, the city’s newest quarter, is home to an eclectic mix of independent shopping, from antique jewellery to ethical homewares - none of which you’ll find on the high street. It’s also a haven for foodies, with artisan specialists, tasty delis, street food and fine dining. A great place to find that unique gift for even the most difficult people to buy for.
To the west of Victoria Park is Bedminster, the city’s second largest shopping area and home to a huge number of local businesses. Spanning East, West and North Streets, there’s everything from food shops, grocers and family butchers to antique furniture, craft jewellers and uber-cool boutiques. And if you fancy a little street art while you shop, Bedminster’s definitely the place to go.
Things To Do and See
Thriving local businesses, award-winning cafés and a warm community feel make Totterdown a unique place to live.
As well as playing host to a range of independent shops, Totterdown is a hidden gem when it comes to food and drink. Local meals out can be Italian, Indian, North African or Vegan. Or for a more traditional pub night try The Oxford or the Star and Dove, or catch a live band at The Thunderbolt. Luckily, there are also several local gyms, and some great brunch places, for the morning after.
If you fancy some greenery, Victoria Park is a vast Victorian space that’s just round the corner and perfect for picnics, a quick kick-about or just chilling with a book. Or maybe try exploring the hidden nature trails in Arnos Grove’s 170-year-old cemetery.
And don’t forget the Front Room Arts Trail, a friendly, community event where artists open their homes to the public to display their work, from pottery and sculpture to prints and handmade jewellery.
The City on your Doorstep
It’s no wonder Bristol is Britain’s fastest growing city. It’s been named the happiest city in the country and regularly tops the best place to live lists. From Brunel, boats and bridges to a vibrant bar and restaurant scene, there’s plenty to suit every taste. Perched on the hill at Totterdown, you’re within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions, from museums and galleries to family favourites and top music and sports venues. Living in Totterdown makes getting the best out of Bristol easy – just stroll down the hill, cross the river and act like a tourist in your own backyard.
South Bristol offers excellent education choices for students of all ages, beginning with a community primary school that’s right on your doorstep.
Hillcrest Primary, rated Good with Outstanding features, is a highly respected local school with a small community catchment, just a few minutes’ walk from ViewPoint. Nearby Cleve House School is an independent primary school for children aged up to 11. For pre-schoolers, there’s also a wide range of nursery and day care options, including Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Sydenham Road Under Fives, both only a few blocks away.
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Secondary School, rated Good with Outstanding features. Older children in the area often also attend Bristol Cathedral Choir School, Cotham School, Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy and City Academy. Outstanding independent options include Bristol Grammar, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital and Clifton College.
Bristol is home to both the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, with the University of Bath nearby. There’s also a strong local network of sixth form and further education colleges, including City of Bristol College, as well as many adult training providers.
Living so close to the city centre makes travel simpler - as well as supporting a more carbon conscious lifestyle. Ditch the car, walk to work, take to your bike or count on reliable public transport.
Bristol was the UK’s first Cycle City, and remains one of the most cycle-friendly places to live in Europe – it’s ranked 15th in world by Coya. There are now marked cycle routes on almost every major road, and if you’re commuting from Totterdown, you’ll reach the centre of town in less than 15 minutes. Then, at the weekend, explore nearby longer distance trails, like the Bristol to Bath Railway Path or the Filwood Greenway. It’s why every property at ViewPoint includes a minimum of two secure bike spaces.
South Bristol is well served by public transport. It’s quick and easy to get into the city centre by bus from Totterdown, with regular services to Temple Meads and Cabot Circus, as well as a longer, cross-town route connecting you with all the shopping at Cribbs Causeway. If you’re going out of town, local services will take you to Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Street.
From ViewPoint, Temple Meads station is just 20 minutes’ walk down the hill – you’ll be able to see it as you leave home! Regular mainline services will whisk you to Bath in 15 minutes, Exeter in an hour, Cardiff in 80 minutes, and London Paddington in less than one hour 45 minutes.
Of course, when you need it, Bristol is exceptionally well connected to the national motorway network. From Totterdown, it’s less than 15 minutes to the A4174 ring road, with access to the A36, A38, M4 and M5. And if you’re heading further afield, Bristol Airport is less than half an hour away.