Cotham is an affluent, leafy and cosmopolitan area with many large old houses. Some remain as sole residencies while others are now hotels, bed and breakfasts or have been divided into flats. There is a selection of small independent shops with a notable cluster on Cotham Hill which links up to Whiteladies Road. The highly regarded bistro Flinty Red is a recent addition- and for those who know their ‘Chateauneuf du Pape’ from their ‘Blue Nun’, make sure you check out ‘Corks’ specialist wine shop.
The well-respected Cotham School (formerly Cotham Grammar School) provides excellent secondary schooling in the heart of the area.
The area is steeped in local history. The top of Saint Michael’s Hill used to indicate the city limits of Bristol, and more darkly it was the traditional location for hangings. The gallows form one quadrant of the crest of the local Rugby club, Cotham Park RFC.« BACK TO AREA GUIDE