Bristol reveals its hidden gems

Bristolians have been revealing the parts of the city they consider to be its hidden gems.

As part of the, which has seen reporters involved in a day of live reporting from around the city, the BBC spoke to people at the city's harbour.

They revealed a city boasting prohibition-style bars, outdoor swimming pools and hidden shops that "you would never know existed".

Bristol Savages

Edmund and Christine Prideaux, 74 and 71, from Keynsham, are keen members of Bristol Savages. Edmund recommended heading down for a visit to sample the history.

He said: "Bristol Savages is a club for artists, which was founded more than 100 years ago so it's a fairly select group.

"It's quite a unique club - I don't think there's anything quite like it in the rest of the world. Not very many people go there, but it's very special."

Clifton Lido

Sarune Zinyte is a 21-year-old student from Lithuania currently living in Temple Quay.

She said: "In Clifton there is the Lido - an outdoor swimming pool with a sauna, jacuzzi, snack bar, restaurants. That is nice to be around on a sunny day.

"The people in Bristol are easy-going and chilled out, they're not in a rush. Bristol is a nice place to relax."

Stanford's Book Room

Chartered surveyor Nick Turk, 46, enjoys exercising his mind and broadening his horizons at the Stanford's Book Room.

He said: "I go down there, look at the maps. I love looking at maps. You transport yourself away to the Lake District, France or Germany."

On a sunny day though, Nick likes getting outside: "Christmas Steps is a fantastic one for wandering around. There are shops up there that you would never know existed. They're worth going to and finding out about."

He said Bristol has "got a real heart to it". "People are proud of coming from Bristol," he added.


Kevin Graham, 28, is a DJ who has lived everywhere from Birmingham to Jamaica and is now based in Easton.

He said: "It's a nice, friendly atmosphere. Nice culture and mix of people - it's not hard to get to know people in Bristol and because a lot of the bars and the clubs are central it's easy to get around rather than having to travel really far."

And what would he say is the best place to go to indulge your musical side?

"I'd say Sasparilla every Sunday. It's always nice vibes in there. Good music, starts at seven, finishes late. It's always a good thing."

SS Great Britain

Life-long Bristol resident Helen Richards, 44, from Warmley, said one of her favourite Bristol gems was the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.

She said: "I would go to the SS Great Britain - it's a good place to go. Go over to the suspension bridge too. Sit on there, have a look over. You can see the whole city."

Of living in Bristol, she said: "Everybody seems to talk to each other here; you don't very often get ignorant people. Everybody is just always happy to help and obliging, really."

The Bank Tavern

Owen Chambers was perhaps the most enthusiastic Bristolian of them all - and he's a Welshman. Originally from Swansea, the University of West England student lives in the city centre.

He said: "It is by far the most friendly city I've ever been to. It's very easy to feel at home no matter how long you've been here. I'm certain I'm going to be staying after my degree."

Speaking about one of his regular haunts, Owen said: "The Bank Tavern - it's really hidden away and is just one of the friendliest and best places to go on a hot day like this."

Hyde & Co.

One of the most 'hidden' of all the hidden gems to be put forward was from Clare Gooden, 33, who has only been living in Clifton Down for six months after moving from London.

She said: "Hyde & Co. cocktail bar on the Triangle is very cool. You have to knock on the door to get in."

Clare has become a Bristol convert in her short time in the city.

"Bristol is cheaper than London, that's the reason I moved and I love it so far," she said.

"People smile at you here and are willing to chat in the street, whereas in London you'd run a mile."

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