Hotwells, Bristol Area Guide
Letting in Hotwells
Hotwells takes its name from the hot springs which bubble up through the rocks of the Avon Gorge underneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge. In the Georgian era Hotwells was developed as a spa to compete with nearby Bath but its popularity as a spa destination declined in the early part of the 19th century. However this was more compensated for the construction of Bristol’s famous “floating harbour” completed in 1807. Once a bustling commercial port the waterfront is now a major leisure facility. For more see information go to the Destination Hotwells website.
Hotwells is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Bristol city centre lying just north of the Floating Harbour and the River Avon. The west of the area marks the beginning of the Portway road which connects Bristol to the docks at Avonmouth, passing under the Clifton Suspension Bridge which lies about 0.25 miles (0.40 km) north of Hotwells.
Public transport links include buses to Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead. There is a passenger ferry service to the city centre and Temple Meads station that is used by commuters as well as visitors to the city.
In the early 20th century much of the housing in Hotwells was in a poor state of repair, but since the 1970's there has been extensive refurbishment of the older Georgian and Victorian properties and new housing has been built on the former dockside wharves. The historic architecture and proximity to the waterfront make Hotwells one of the most attractive and sought after areas of Bristol.
Hotwells has several of Bristol's Grade II* listed buildings, including the Church of Holy Trinity and Albemarle Row, a Georgian terrace. Also listed is the Pump House, formerly the power plant for the floating harbour bridges and now a public house and high class restaurant.
The area is served by two primary schools, Hotwells Primary School and St George C of E Primary School. The nearest secondary schools are Ashton Park School, Cotham School and Bristol Cathedral Choir School.
Hotwells has always had a strong sense of community and The Hotwells and Cliftonwood Community Association has existed for over 30 years. It aims to help meet the needs of people in the neighbourhood and work towards the development of a sustainable local economy.
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