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St Nicholas Market

Bristol’s oldest market is still very much alive with merchants and shoppers. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the best days to visit.

St. Nicholas Market is a vibrant area of shops and covered and uncovered stalls in Bristol’s “old city.” It’s a delightful place to grab lunch, find a bargain, or simply spend an hour or two browsing. The market started life in 1743, and today remains surrounded by handsome Georgian architecture. In 2010, it was named as one of the U.K.’s top 10 markets.

St. Nicholas Market, known locally as “St. Nicks,” is open daily Monday to Saturday. The setting is under a glass Georgian arcade. Independent traders sell anything from books or wine, to art or souvenirs. Three extra weekly markets take place; every Wednesday is the Farmers Market. On Friday, the Food Market sets up. On Friday and Saturday, the “Nails” arts and crafts market takes over.

On the first Sunday of every month, three additional markets join forces; the Book Market, Slow Food Market and the Art Market.

The Nails Market derives its name from the brass pillars on Corn Street. Traders used to conduct business between these pillars, or “nails” as they were called. The commodity of the past was sacks of corn but today the Nails Market focuses on arts, crafts, jewelry and clothing.

At the Farmers Market and Food Market, you can put together a picnic to go and eat by the river in nearby Castle Park. Cheese, bread, chicken and organic juice are just a few of the products available. Produce is sourced locally, within a 40-mile (64-kilometer) radius of Bristol. If you’d rather eat in, there are a number of pubs and eateries close by.

St. Nicholas Market is based on Corn Street in the center of the old city. The visiting markets also take place here, and on nearby streets. It’s a five-minute drive or 10-minute bus ride from Bristol Temple Meads, the main station in the city.


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Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel £69
Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

College Green, Bristol, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St Nicholas Market and University of Bristol. Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Clifton Suspension Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bristol Temple Meads Station is 19 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre £67
    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre

    2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Bristol City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Castle Park, Cabot Circus Shopping Centre and Broadmead Shopping Centre. St. Peters Church and The Galleries Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 13 minutes by foot and Bristol Montpelier Station is 19 minutes.

      The Bristol Hotel £80
      The Bristol Hotel

      The Bristol Hotel

      Prince Street, Bristol, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Bristol City Centre, this romantic hotel is steps away from Arnolfini Gallery and Queen Square. Bristol Theatre Royal and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 19 minutes.

        Future Inn Bristol £67
        Future Inn Bristol

        Future Inn Bristol

        Bond Street South, Bristol, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Bristol, this hotel is steps away from Showcase Cinema De Lux and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. The Galleries Shopping Centre and Broadmead Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 14 minutes by foot and Bristol Montpelier Station is 18 minutes.

          Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel £62
          Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

          Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

          Broad Street, Bristol, England
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bristol City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, St. Peters Church, and Broadmead Shopping Centre. The Galleries Shopping Centre and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 16 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

            Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol £81
            Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

            Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol

            Broad Quay, Bristol & West House, Bristol, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bristol City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. Bristol Theatre Royal and Bristol Cathedral are also within 5 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 22 minutes.

              Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre £65
              Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre

              Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre

              Temple Way, Bristol, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Peters Church and Queen Square. Bristol Cathedral and We The Curious are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bristol Temple Meads Station is 6 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 21 minutes.

                ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay £39
                ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay

                ibis Bristol Temple Meads Quay

                Avon Street, Bristol, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bristol Floating Harbour, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castle Park, St. Mary Redcliffe Church and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. St. Peters Church and Broadmead Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is only a 5-minute walk and Bristol Lawrence Hill Station is 18 minutes.