Exploring The Clifton Arcade, Bristol


One Summer’s day recently, we decided to take the kids for a walk around the beautiful Clifton Village in Bristol. On our travels, we decided to explore the Clifton Arcade.

The Clifton Arcade offers somewhere different from the norm to take your kids. Kids don’t need only history books and museums to learn about history and the Clifton Arcade offers history aplenty.


The Clifton Arcade is a wonderful modern-day equivalent of an indoor shopping mall! The similarities end there however.

Firstly, the Clifton Arcade is a Victorian shopping arcade which opened in 1878 and offers fantastic and unusual architecture. Secondly, it differs from the modern-day shopping mall in terms of the shops within it. The Clifton Arcade hosts a collection of small, indie shops, most of which offer something very different from the norm.

My kids loved exploring the Clifton Arcade!



There are some really quirky shops in the Arcade.



The Clifton Arcade contains some shops that all offer something different and even unusual. I personally loved this little shop full of vintage dresses. I adore history and am especially interested in life in the early part of the twentieth century so I found this shop fascinating.



My kids were interested in the items and objects in the antique shops.


At the back of the Arcade, my kids were fascinated by this Gorilla!



Because it is indoors, Clifton Arcade can also be enjoyed with kids on a rainy day too.

If you fancy a wander through The Clifton Arcade, you can find it on Boyces Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA.

Here are the opening times:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 5.30pm
  • Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 4pm

I recommend taking your kids for an explore in the Clifton Arcade!