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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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The Bristol Hotel £69
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 within a 5-minute walk of Queen Square and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. We The Curious and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 19 minutes.

    Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel £26
    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 hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Nicholas Market, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy. University of Bristol and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre are also within 15 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 21 minutes.

      Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel £77
      Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

      Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel

      College Green, Bristol, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Harbourside, this 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 Harbour Hotel & Spa £108
        Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

        Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

        53-55 Corn St, Bristol, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Bristol City Centre, this spa hotel is steps away from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 22 minutes.

          Hilton Garden Inn Bristol City Centre £58
          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 Redcliffe, 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 Lawrence Hill Station is 23 minutes.

            Radisson Blu Hotel Bristol £75
            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. O2 Academy and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 17 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 22 minutes.

              SACO Bristol - Broad Quay £66
              SACO Bristol - Broad Quay

              SACO Bristol - Broad Quay

              Central Quay South, Bristol, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Bristol City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Baldwin Street and Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. O2 Academy and St Nicholas Market are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 16 minutes by foot and Bristol Bedminster Station is 21 minutes.

                Brooks Guesthouse Bristol £62
                Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

                Brooks Guesthouse Bristol

                Exchange Ave, off St Nicholas Street, Bristol, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bristol City Centre, this guesthouse is steps away from Baldwin Street and St Nicholas Market. Bristol Hippodrome Theatre and O2 Academy are also within 10 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads Station is 14 minutes by foot and Bristol Clifton Down Station is 22 minutes.