The Bristol Wing

Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1174 286199

Refurbished police HQ in the centre of Bristol, minutes from the bus station, shops and pretty harbourside - a Sawday’s Community Champion


17 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 12

The Experience

It’s a hostel, so it’s not for those who want hush, posh or privacy but it couldn’t have a friendlier vibe. You’ve a choice of places to sit and work or chat: reception has a busier buzz with folk wandering in and out, probably music and help-yourself coffee and tea; the sitting room is downstairs and quieter with interesting books. Upstairs you’ll find eclectic art on the walls, shared dorms, private doubles and family rooms, some en suite and some with shared bathrooms – all dazzlingly white and new.

The ethical credentials here are impressive: the business is owned and managed by YMCA Bristol, and any profits made are re-invested in supporting young people who are homeless in the city. Help yourself to a continental breakfast in the kitchen with a good variety of breads, jams, yogurts and fruits – with gluten free and vegan options.

They don’t accept hen or stag parties so the feel is civilised and warm. It will suit single travellers, couples and families equally well and is excellent value – you can even do your washing and drying for free.

This place is one of our Sawday’s Community Champions – not-for-profit organisations receiving subsidised Sawday’s membership as recognition for their support of causes and communities

The Bristol Wing - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The fact that every penny you spend here is going towards something good
  • The artwork in the corridors
  • The lovely atmosphere
The Bristol Wing - Gallery

You should know

  • Road noise and people-coming-and-going noise is unavoidable here
  • You will probably be sharing a bathroom with strangers
  • Breakfast costs £3.95 or £2.95 for children under 10


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
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Pubs/restaurants 2-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £18
1 Twin
From £60
1 Twin/double
From £60
1 Family room for 6
From £102
1 Twin/double
From £50
2 Family rooms for 4
From £70
4 Family rooms for 3
From £54
2 Family rooms for 4
From £80
2 Dorm rooms for 9
From £18
1 Dorm room for 12
From £18
2 Dorm rooms for 6
From £18



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The neighbourhood

Recently this area has started to perk up in a rather cool way. There are independent cafes, a picture framer, a vinyl music shop and now The Bristol Wing. You're a five-minute stroll from the bus station and a 25-minute walk to Temple Meads; St Nicholas's Market is a ten-minute walk and is a mecca for street food from around the world. You can hop on a bus and be in Clifton village with its famous suspension bridge in ten minutes, or at the airport in 30.

Local points of interest from Ben Silvey

  • We're a few minutes walk from St Nicholas's Market - with a regular street food offering, local produce available and fantastic places to grab some food.
  • Bristol Harbourside is a quick stroll away - a great place to hang out on a summers evening - or for a bracing walk on a crisp, bright winter morning. You'll find art galleries, cafes and bars - everything for a great day out.
  • The MShed is the museum celebrating Bristol's history - with a range of interactive exhibits. It's free to get in, and is ideal for families and kids - particularly on wet days in the city.
  • Walk up towards Clifton and Park Street and head to Brandon Hill for amazing views of the city. If you've got a head for heights you can climb Cabot Tower - or stay at ground level and feed the squirrels!


Ben Silvey

Ben Silvey is a legend. He grew up and went to school in Bristol then studied to become a youth worker. His passion for helping young people is deep but he also has the tenacity to make his ideas happen. And because he doesn't want the YMCA to be reliant on local government or on charity he has forged ahead with his social enterprise – a much more efficacious way of helping both people and the local economy. Long may his ideas take shape – we at Sawday's applaud him!