In Bristol’s old city our eight unique streets are lined with independent shops, art galleries, bars, designers, architects, restorers, publishers and cafes. Artisans and creative traders work side by side to keep this diverse corner of Bristol as unusual as it’s been throughout its long and intriguing history.
The area twists its way through Perry Road, Lower Park Row, Colston Street, St Michael’s Hill and the Christmas Steps themselves. In each of the various galleries: in the glint of a clarinet, under a dusty stack of books, in the whiff of ale and crackled glaze of teapots and clocks, in the wink of an ancient stamp eye; the past both reflects and interacts with the future to create a truly unique area of independent artisans. A visit to the Christmas Steps Arts Quarter is both an illumination of Bristol history and an excursion into its modern treasures.