Ambitious, lively, vibrant and cosmopolitan are just a few words to describe the wonderful city of Bristol, giving some insight as to why it’s such a hugely popular place to live. The historic port city was in fact voted the best place to live in Britain in 2017 and the European Green Capital City in 2015 – high praise indeed. Homebuyers of all types are attracted to the independent spirit and buzzing atmosphere of the city, in addition to the fantastic shopping, many cultural attractions, foodie scene, surrounding countryside, and of course the convenient transport links. From the boutiques of Clifton Village to the laidback vibe of the Harbourside, this really is a city for everyone.
Bristol is a shopper’s delight, with the two main hubs of Cabot Circus and Cribbs Causeway offering a huge choice of shops as well as restaurants, entertainment and leisure venues. Bristol shopping quarter is home to a wide selection of high street shops, and there are numerous independent shops, boutiques and eateries to be found in areas such as Clifton and Gloucester Road. The city also has a selection of markets held throughout the week, including St Nicholas market, Bristol farmers’ market, the Harbourside market and Temple Quay market.
Fun days out
Art lovers can visit the Royal West of England Academy of Art, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and you can even download the Banksy Bristol Trail smartphone app, which guides you to each of the elusive artist’s pieces in Bristol. Other favourites among locals Bristol Cathedral and the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, while children are sure to enjoy M Shed, Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Aquarium or a boat trip around the harbour.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Bristol is surrounded by rolling countryside and is bisected by the River Avon, meaning you’ll never be far from an attractive vista. To enjoy the best the area has to offer, there’s a fantastic network of walking and cycle routes nearby including the River Avon Trail, the Bristol and Bath Railway path and the Monarch’s Way. Within the city there are lots of green spaces where you can head to relax, such as Clifton Downs, Eastville Park, Leigh Woods and Ashton Court Estate.
Transport for all
Bristol enjoys convenient transport links via the A420 linking you to the A38 heading south, the A4 accessing Bath, and the M32 linking the M4 east to London and west to South Wales. In addition, there is also the M5 heading north to Gloucester and south to Taunton then onto Exeter.
Travel by train is also easy with Bristol Temple Meads train station sitting in the heart of Bristol and Bristol Parkway in the northern outskirts. Regular bus services throughout the area provide access to the city centre and Cribbs Causeway. There is also a ferry around the harbour into the centre, and Bristol Airport sits 8 miles southwest of the city.
Education for all
Bristol has a selection of education facilities for all ages, from a range of infant, junior and primary schools to secondary schools. For older students there is the City of Bristol College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, plus the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.