The Ultimate Bristol Suburb Guide: St Werburghs
St Werburghs is a lovely little area of Bristol full of red-brick terraced housing and Georgian and Victorian properties. It is home to a vibrant and diverse community and has a small park, a good selection of pubs, numerous shops and even a city farm. St Werburghs has not one but two climbing centres, as well.
St Werburghs Location in Bristol
St Werburghs is located north-east of the city centre, near to Montpelier and Eastville. Mina Road is the high street that runs through the suburb, and it is bordered by the M32, allotments and the railway embankments.
It is not far from the city centre, so you can travel into the city easily by bike. There are also good bus services taking you into and out of the city.
Montpelier Train Station is also located nearby, so you can catch a train if you are planning to travel further. And because it is close to the M32, you can easily get out of the city by car.
The History of St Werburghs
The northern area of St Werburghs used to be known as Ashley Vale in the late 19th century, and the southern area was called Baptist Mills. This all changed in 1879 when the area was given the name St Werburghs.
This occurred when the church of the same name was relocated here onto Mina Road from Corn Street. The church is still there, but it has now been converted into a climbing centre
Flooding used to be a big problem here, and there were some bad floods in the late 19th century. You can still see some flood marker posts dating back to Victorian times.
Shopping in St Werburghs
There are lots of local shops in St Werburghs, and the main place you will find them is on Mina Road.
- John Sheppard Butchers has been run by the Sheppard family for over half a century. It provides high-quality meat to the community and has a home delivery service too.
- Better Food is located at Sevier Street. This is an independent retailer and cafe that specialises in ethical and organic food. It has been going for over 25 years and is a great place to shop for fresh and high-quality local food.
- George Jones & Bros is a provider of bathrooms and shower suites, and you will find the popular showroom at Lower Ashley Road.
- Sonni’s Food & Wines dates back to 1984, and it is still run by the same family. It sells fairtrade and organic products as well as vegetarian food, organic beers and wines, and locally sourced products.
St Werburghs Bars and Restaurants
St Werburghs is also home to several bars and pubs such as the Miner’s Arms, which is located on Mina Road, near to St Werburghs City Farm. This street corner pub is a cheerful local that boasts original features inside and also has a pool room and an upstairs function room.
The Cauldron is also located on Mina Road, and here you will be able to enjoy ethical food that has been locally sourced. Enjoy creative and delicious meals that are cooked on fire pits and grills. Cast iron cauldrons are used for cooking over a wood-fired oven.
The Duke of York on Jubilee Road is hidden away on a small side street, and it’s a very popular local. Wooden floors and interesting memorabilia provide a warm atmosphere, and it even has a refurbished skittle alley. It has a function room upstairs that can be booked.
Wiper and True Brewery on York Street is home to the Tap Room. Here you will find plenty of beers on tap as well as tasty street food.
The Victoria at James Street is a busy pub on the street corner. It has an outside patio, and inside it has a pool table.
Other St Werburghs Attractions and Places of Interest
There are two climbing centres in St Werburghs. The Climbing Academy is found at different locations around the country, and the one in St Werburghs is called “The Church” because it is located in a converted church. This is a fun place for climbers of all abilities to discover the joy of climbing or practice their skills.
The Bloc Indoor Climbing Wall is another climbing centre that is great fun for climbers of all skill levels. It has lots of easy and mid-grade climbs, and it’s perfect for beginners. Try the Clip 'n Climb experience if you want to have fun and get fit.
Mina Road Park is a lovely little municipal park in St Werburghs. It was first planned in the late 19th century, and it opened in 1886. The style is typical of this period, with shrubberies and flower beds as well as a grass area in the centre. It’s open all day, every day.
One of the most interesting features in the park is an original cast-iron urinal dating to the late 19th century. The Grade II listed urinal is located in the corner of the park, and it has been listed by English Heritage because of its rarity.
St Werburghs City Farm is on Watercress Road, just to the north of St Werburghs. This is home to a farm, cafe, community garden and adventure playground. It has a wildlife woodland covering over two acres as well as 13 acres of community allotments. You will be able to see goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits and learn about the animals, making it a great family attraction.