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Bristol old city



The Old City area includes the original city of Bristol, and some of the city's most historic buildings. At its heart stands the Exchange considered the finest Georgian building in Bristol, where merchants used flat top pillars - or 'nails' - for the exchange of money, hence the term to pay on the nail.

Corn Street and the Exchange bustle with activity during the regular street markets, with the award winning Farmers Market every Wednesday, Arts and Craft market at weekends and a Slow Food Market on the first Sunday of every month.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre on King Street is the oldest continually working theatre in England. Queen Square has been restored to its original Georgian elegance. It's a picturesque park, ideal for relaxing and watching the world go by. From Queen Square, you can look across to the majestic St Mary Redcliffe Church.

Many of the Georgian merchants' clubs and banks around Corn Street have been transformed into modern restaurants and bars, serving cuisine from around the world. The King Street is lined with historic Jacobean pubs nestled alongside modern bars.

The famous Llandoger Trow dates back to 1664 and was the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.

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