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College Green, Bristol

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3.6/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
College Green is a public open space in Bristol, England. The Green takes the form of a segment of a circle with its apex pointing east, and covers 1.1ha. The road named College Green forms the north-eastern boundary of the Green, the Bristol Cathedral marks the south side, and City Hall (formerly the Council House) closes the Green in an arc to the north-west.College Green is owned by the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral, and managed by Bristol City Council.HistoryOriginally a small hill north of the River Avon separated from Brandon Hill to the north west by a narrow gully, College Green was enclosed to form the precincts of St Augustine's Abbey (now Bristol Cathedral) in the 12th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the abbey became a collegiate church and its precincts thenceforth became known as 'College Green'.The Bristol High Cross was moved here from its original location at the junction of High, Wine, Broad and Corn streets, where it had been considered a traffic hazard, in 1733. In 1762 the Green was levelled and laid out as a raised park with stone boundary walls, railings and formal promenades crossing at its centre. The High Cross was relegated to a corner of the Green, and in 1768 it was given to Henry Hoare for use as a garden ornament at Stourhead, where it can still be seen.
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  • One of the best in town. Students who study and relax on the grass overlooking the Cathedral and other beautiful buildings, near the harbourside.
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  • Wandering through in my way to the bus I was struck how big this space is. You can imagine it full of picnicing office workers during a summer lunchtime. Nice area especially when sat away from the ro...  read more »
  • College Green is pretty much in the centre of Bristol. It's a triangle formed by two main roads - one up to Clifton and the Downs, and one (now diverted and pedestrianised) off along the Harbourside. ...  read more »
  • Beautiful green next to the cathedral which provides a nice break in the city landscape.
  • Nice park. Smells of pot all the time, proving the unspoken tolerance of local authorities to weed consumption in public. Thumbs up, Bristol!
  • Great atmosphere, lovely plants, friendly community.
  • Large well-kept section of grass in the shadow of the cathedral and the council buildings. Nice views in 2 directions, but not what you'd think of as a park, bordered as it is by a very busy street bustling with diesel-belching buses.
  • Cool place to hang.
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