The Ultimate Bristol Suburb Guide: Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop
Stoke Bishop is a peaceful suburb of Bristol, and Sneyd Park is a smaller residential suburb bordering it. Stoke Bishop has a population of just over 9,000 people, and it is a quiet and relaxing residential area. Lots of students live here during the year on the Bristol University campus that is located on its edge. It’s an affluent area, and Sneyd Park is regarded as one of the most exclusive areas of the city.
So what is the shopping like in these suburbs, and what is there to see and do? Here we take a closer look.
Sneyd Park’s & Stoke Bishop’s Location in Bristol
Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop are located in the north-west of the city, about three miles out from the city centre. The centre is very quick and easy to reach either by car or by bus, and there are lots of bus connections. It’s also easy to get out of the city by travelling along Falcondale Road until you reach the M5.
Stoke Bishop is located between Sneyd Park, Sea Mills and Westbury-on-Trym. Sneyd Park is right on the edge of Clifton Down and is also bordered by the Avon Gorge. It forms part of the Stoke Bishop district.
The History of Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop
Sneyd Park dates back to Victorian times. It has long been known as one of the most affluent areas of the city, and you will find lots of grand Victorian properties lining the streets here.
Stoke Bishop is a larger suburb, and it is home to lots of interesting historic buildings, some of which are covered in the ‘Attractions’ section below. It has an association with druids after a megalithic monument was discovered in the early 19th century that is thought to be a burial chamber. This is the reason behind the name of the main road, Druid Hill, that passes through the suburb.
There is also a church in Stoke Bishop, St Mary’s, which was constructed in 1860 after the residents decided that the nearest church at the time, which was located in Westbury, was too far away.
Shopping in Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop
There is little in the way of shopping in Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop, mainly because these are quiet residential areas. However, in Stoke Bishop at least, you will find a few small shops lining Druid Hill where you can do your regular shopping. You will also find a few small shops on Stoke Lane.
Despite that, it’s easy to reach one of the best places for shopping in Bristol: The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. if you have access to a car, you can travel out on Falcondale Road until you reach Cribbs Causeway, where you will find all of the large shops and outlets.
Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop Bars and Restaurants
As you may have guessed, being quiet residential areas, there is not a lot in the way of bars and restaurants in Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop. However, that does not mean that you won’t be able to find a few places to eat and drink.
For example, Stoke Bishop is home to Ciao, a popular Italian restaurant on Druid Hill where you will find a tempting menu of traditional pasta, risotto and pizza dishes at good prices, and it has a children’s menu too.
Or you can visit Bengal Raj, a popular Indian restaurant that was opened in 1998 and has received numerous awards. Fun, friendly and offering a range of classic Indian dishes, it’s a great place to eat out any day of the week.
There are lots of student bars on the university campus, but if you are looking for a livelier nightlight scene then you will probably want to head over to Clifton or the city centre, both of which are within easy reach.
Other Sneyd Park & Stoke Bishop Attractions and Places of Interest
There are lots of beautiful areas of open space to enjoy in and around Sneyd Park and Stoke Bishop. The best place of all to enjoy some greenery is the large Clifton Downs. This large, open space is perfect for enjoying an afternoon stroll. The protected parkland is a great area to explore any day of the year, but it is also the setting for events throughout the year including fairs and charity runs.
Another pleasant open space to enjoy is Blaise Castle Estate. This beautiful green area is located to the north of Stoke Bishop, and it consists of 650 acres of parkland that is open to explore. You will also find a play area for children, and you can visit the castle and museum too.
Avon Gorge is another stunning area of natural beauty that is well worth visiting during your stay in Sneyd Park or Stoke Bishop. It’s the perfect place to get outdoors and enjoy some beautiful views.
Bristol Croquet Club is in Stoke Bishop, and the cricket grounds are home to a popular cricket club, so if you pass by you might be able to enjoy watching a match between local teams.
As far as historic buildings are concerned, the area is home to Stoke House and Park, Druid Stoke House, and Stoke Lodge, the latter two of which are Grade II listed buildings. St Mary’s Church is also a lovely building, and you may want to visit for a service.
Another local place of interest is Sea Mills on the River Trym. This was the site of Portus Abonae, a Roman settlement, and it was from here that soldiers would cross to South Wales.