BRISTOL: GROUND & SPECTATOR GUIDE

Built: 1889

Situated north of Bristol city centre, the County Ground has been the home of Gloucestershire CCC for well over a century.

HISTORY

How many grounds can say they were bought by WG Grace?

Grace, who was born in Downend, near Bristol, purchased the ground and saw the first fixture at the Nevil Road ground as Gloucestershire hosted Lancashire in 1889.

The County Ground first saw international cricket when it hosted New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the 1983 World Cup. Since then, the ground has gone on to host a further 16 one-day internationals, including two at the 1999 World Cup.

In May 2017 Bristol hosted England’s first ever home international fixture against Ireland. Adil Rashid claimed five for 27 as England won by the historic match by seven wickets.

Later that summer, Bristol hosted eight matches at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, including England’s semi-final victory over South Africa.

The venue has also hosted three T20I matches with England losing all three. Pakistan (2006), Sri Lanka (2011) and India (2018) were the visitors.

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FAMOUS MOMENT

No cricketer has hit more T20I hundreds than Rohit Sharma’s four.

The India opener’s third - an unbeaten 100 from 56 deliveries - came against England in a seven-wicket victory for the visitors at Bristol in July 2018.

Rohit Sharma celebrates a T20I century at Bristol in 2018

HOW TO GET THERE

Address: The Bristol County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol, BS7 9EJ

By car: The ground is situated in close proximity to the M32 with access to the M4 and M5.

Limited parking is sometimes available in the City of Bristol College car park, however it is recommended that all visitors should travel to the ground via public transport.

By public transport: The Brightside Ground is easily accessible by bus.

Services 17, 70/71, 72, 73, 75, 76, T2 all run within a five-minute walk of the main entrance using stops on the nearby Gloucester Road (Services 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, T2), Muller Road (Service 17) and Ashley Down Road (Service 70). 

All buses operate at regular intervals, Service 75 and 76 run 24 hours a day.

Train journeys from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads take approximately an hour and three quarters.

GROUND RECORDS

Highest ODI score: England 369 for 9 vs West Indies, September 2017

Lowest ODI score: Zimbabwe 92 all out vs England, July 2003

PLAYING CONDITIONS

Modest-sized boundaries offer plenty of high-scoring potential. Not particularly sheltered from the elements.

WHERE TO EAT

Pasture

One for the meat lovers, an open kitchen serving up signature steaks (£20-40)

2 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB

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Coronation Curry House

An authentic Indian curry house, perfect for an evening after the cricket (£10-20)

190 Coronation Rd, Bristol BS3 1RF

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Atomic Burger

Burgers, fries and shakes (£10-15)

189 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8BG

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Wilks Restaurant

A Michelin-starred restaurant championing local produce (three-course lunch - £34)

1-3 Chandos Road,  Redland, Bristol, BS6 6PG

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Bulrush

A Michelin-starred restaurant based in Cotham (Tasting menu £55)

21 Cotham Rd, Bristol, BS6 5TZ

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY

The Clifton Suspension Bridge

Spanning the Avon Gorge, the famous landmark connects Bristol and North Somerset (free)

Bridge Rd, Leigh Woods, Bristol BS8 3PA

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Take time to visit a ship that changed history (adult £17, child £10)

Brunel's SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, England, BS1 6TY

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Bristol Harbour

Hang out harbourside where you’ll find shops, bars, cafes and a market on Sundays (free)

1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX

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WHERE TO DRINK

The Royal Oak

Pub on Gloucester Road with a large beer garden

385 Gloucester Rd, Bristol BS7 8TN

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The Grace

Named after WG, The Grace offers plenty of food and drink and has a decked beer garden in which to enjoy it

197 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BG

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The Bristol Flyer

A pub with individuality, character and quirky charm

96 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BN

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The Lazy Dog

A dog-loving community pub with a large beer garden 

112 Ashley Down Rd, Ashley Down, Bristol BS7 9JR

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The Cider Press

A friendly and welcoming pub on the heart of Gloucester Road, famous for their 32 draught ciders

86-90 Gloucester Road, Bishopston Bristol, BS7 8BN

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Highbury Vaults

A traditional-style pub dating back to the 1800s with a walled beer garden

164 St Michaels Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DE

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WHAT TO DO NEARBY

Cabot Tower

A 105ft tower set amidst plush parkland (free)

Brandon Hill Park, Park St, Bristol BS1 5RR

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Over 400 species of animals in 12 acres of gardens (£9-15)

Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA

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BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW...

In 1939 Tom Goddard picked up 17 wickets in a day against Kent at Bristol, taking 9-38 and 8-68. Hedley Verity and Colin Blythe are the only others to equal Goddard’s effort.

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