the Bristol Wing

Review of the Bristol Wing by the Guardian newspaper

the Bristol Wing, our hostel in Bristol, was recently visited by a journalist from The Guardian who approved how the old police headquarters has been transformed into a boutique hostel with a social conscience.

Not so many years ago, arriving on a Friday night at Bridewell Street in the centre of Bristol (better known as The Bridewell) might have meant a night in the cells. Until 2005, this cluster of Grade II-listed buildings housed a police headquarters, police station and law courts, as well as a fire station. Since then it has been many things, including a graffiti gallery and a circus space – I have dim memories of coming to a rave here, once – and now it’s home to the Bristol Wing, a new boutique hostel with a social conscience.

The Bristol Wing is a boutique hostel right in the heart of the city, Bristol’s best shopping is all within a 15-minute walk, whether you want indie shops, big-name brands or quirky market stalls.

The Bristol Wing is in the lovingly restored historic old police headquarters. The site dates back to the 13th Century and has a rich history – it has been home to a prison, the Chief Constable, a circus troupe and a group of artists and now we have made it our home.

Staying at The Bristol Wing directly helps the work that the YMCA charity undertakes with vulnerable young people in the city.