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Avonmouth is located in Bristol
 Avonmouth shown within Bristol
Population 12,485 (2011.Ward)[1]
OS grid reference ST516785
   – London  124.4 miles (200.2 km) 
Unitary authority Bristol
Ceremonial county Bristol
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS11
Dialling code 0117
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bristol North West
List of places

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Avonmouth is a port and outer suburb of Bristol, England, located on the Severn Estuary, at the mouth of the River Avon. The council ward of Avonmouth also includes Shirehampton and the western end of Lawrence Weston.


Historically in Gloucestershire, Avonmouth is located at the mouth of the River Avon, on its north bank and on the Severn Estuary. It is the location of a large port, Avonmouth Docks. The Royal Portbury Dock, under the same management, is on the other side of the Avon. Avonmouth is home to several large chemical manufacturing plants[2][3] and the gas-fired Seabank Power Station.[4] There are several light industrial and wharehouse companies including Nisbets. There is also a significant residential area in Avonmouth between the industrialised zone and the M5 motorway. The M5 motorway runs through Avonmouth, and crosses the Avon by the Avonmouth Bridge. The M49 motorway runs between the M5 near Avonmouth and the M4 motorway at the Second Severn Crossing. The old Severn Bridge and the M48 motorway are linked to Avonmouth by the A403. The Welsh cities of Newport and Cardiff are both clearly visible from Avonmouth's coastline.

The Portway, part of the A4, connects Avonmouth to the centre of Bristol. Avonmouth is also is served by a usually hourly train service to central Bristol from Avonmouth railway station on the Severn Beach Line.

A new deepsea container terminal is planned in Avonmouth.[5]

Avonmouth Sewage Works Nature Reserve

A 10-hectare (25-acre) area of Avonmouth Sewage Treatment Works is managed as a nature reserve by Wessex Water. The man-made lagoons and a pool provide a feeding and resting area for many birds including ducks such as pochard, tufted duck, teal and shoveller. The rough grassland provides a refuge for voles, Northern crested newt and other small mammals,[6] which are preyed upon by kestrels and barn owls.[7][8]


Avonmouth is part of the Bristol North West parliamentary constituency, which elects a member of parliament.

As a ward of Bristol, Avonmouth sends two councillors to Bristol City Council, one of which is Doug Naysmith a former Labour MP for the area, and the other Siobhán Kennedy-Hall[9] a Conservative.

Apart from Avonmouth itself, the ward includes Shirehampton and part of Lawrence Weston. Shirehampton is a district of Bristol which originated as a separate village. It retains something of its village feel, having an identifiable High Street, and is still thought of as a village by many of its 6,867 inhabitants.[10] Shirehampton railway station provides travel to the city centre. The western end of the Lawrence Weston area crosses the boundary into the Avonmouth ward, however the majority of the area falls within the Kingsweston ward. The entire area is separated from the rest of Bristol by a small amount of greenbelt.


  1. "Avonmouth" (PDF). 2011 Census Ward Information Sheet. Retrieved 26 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Hazardous Chemicals and Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)". Bristol City Council. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Chemical experts check 'contaminated' land at Avonmouth". BBC. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Consultation update on proposed new gas-fired power station" (PDF). SSE. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Site investigation underway for Bristol box terminal Avonmouth,Bristol, Bristol Port Company, Container terminals,". 13 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Planning Application" (PDF). Bristol City Council. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Site Details". Severnside Birds. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Avonmouth Wind Turbine - Water Vole Mitigation". EcoSulis. Retrieved 14 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "Bristol City Council – Siobhán Kennedy-Hall".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. 1991 census data; 2001 data not readily separable from Avonmouth.

External links

The River Avon with Avonmouth and the M5 bridge