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College Green, Bristol

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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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  • College Green is an oasis of calm in Bristol City Centre with Bristol Cathedral and Bristol City Hall for a backdrop. We had good weather yesterday when visiting Bristol and spent some time on College...  more »
  • The College Green makes for a pleasant grassed are in front of the Cathedral and Marriott Hotel. Not worth going out of your way to visit as that is all it is, a grassed area. No doubt, in the week, w...  more »
  • A well-maintained park which is nice for a little stroll or even better to throw a blanket down on a nice day and enjoy the rays. Gets very busy during warmer days, but the atmosphere is fantastic. Ic...  more »
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  • Amazing views all round, good place to watch the locals do their local thing
  • Great to go for lunch in the summer and relax to get away from the stresses of work.
  • A beautiful Park area around college buildings. Often supporting public displays such as art pieces or recent remembrance day commemorations. Beautiful place to spend some time relaxing and reading.
  • My favourite! I love artificial water, and there's plenty here. Delicious open grassland surrounded by historic buildings makes this a lovely relaxey spot in Summer
  • Nice space. Decent flat tiled area in front of the cathedral for dancing!