In 1743, St Nicholas Market was opened in the Old City quarter in the Exchange Building. This covered market still operates and has three distinct sections; - the ‘Covered Market’, the ‘Glass Arcade’ and the ‘Exchange Building’ plus various street stalls in Corn Street. These markets are said to be the home of the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol. A perfect spot to ‘get the character’ of Bristol and therefore well worth a visit.
The visitor will find a choice of exotic and local foods, clothing fashions of different styles and fads, gifts and jewellery and even computers and Gothic clothing – in fact something for everybody. Be sure to try some of the local foods.
'Pay on the Nail'
On the pavement in Corn Street are the four ‘Nails’ outside the Corn Exchange. These nails are round-topped and were used by merchants when closing a sale. It seems that cash was placed on the surface of a ‘Nail’, acknowledging that a bargain had been struck. This is where the saying 'paying on the nail’ originates.
The Market is located between St Nicholas Street, Corn Street & High Street in the Old City quarter and close to the historic Bristol Bridge. It is a short walk from the City Centre and the Broadmead shopping centre.