What people are saying about Turbo Island in Google reviews


An unofficial Bristol landmark associated with street drinking, late-night parties and fires is now officially recognised by Google – and people have been reviewing it.

The search engine giant now officially acknowledges Turbo Island as a Bristol location.

Some say Turbo Island – named after the super-strength cider – is part of the soul, even the very fabric, of the area. Raves, fires and gatherings of people there are a fixture of the Stokes Croft landscape, as well as groups of street drinkers passing the time of day.

The well-trodden patch of scorched grass is listed as a ‘City Park’ on Google and is rated five stars out of five with nine reviews in the bank.



Turbo Island in 2018

‘An excellent day out for all the family’

Dylan Rakhra has written: “Atmospheric. A place to go for socialites, music lovers and those who appreciate green spaces.

“Despite recent deforestation attempts, the ambience of the place is upheld. Suitable for anytime you’re at a loose end in Bristol and want a central meeting point for a few alcoholic beverages – this is the place to go.

“Three or four bars in sight and there are rarely any queues.”



Google now recognises Turbo Island

Andrea L’s glowing review reads: “A beautiful place, the jewel of Stokes Croft. Always a pleasure to visit.”

“An excellent day out for all the family,” John Postons writes.

While Jeremy Adcock adds: “Simply the best place in Bristol.”

Five others have also given the ‘park’ a five-star rating.



Turbo Island on Stokes Croft

The story of Turbo Island

The ‘island’ used to be the site of a shoe shop, until it was destroyed one night during the Bristol Blitz in 1940.

After the bombing, the council decided that a new building in that location would obstruct drivers’ views of other vehicles as they approached the Jamaica Street-Stokes Croft junction.

The stretch of land became what is known in town planning circles as a “sloap” – space left over after planning – and has since been neglected, according to The Guardian .

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Have you partied on Turbo Island?


Recent troubles

The islanders don’t usually bother passers-by and have become a fixture in the area – over the years this patch of grass has seen campsites, impromptu gigs and even a full scale rave last year. That being said, things do get out of hand and the police are regular visitors to the area.

The balmy summer saw a particularly high level of activity on the space, with one couple complaining that more than 50 people had gathered there on one night, drinking, taking drugs and starting fires .

An Instagram account was recently created, documenting the weird, wonderful and criminal goings-on on on the ‘island’.

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