Bristol is the largest city in the South West, with a population of just under half a million. This dynamic, artistic city has a rich heritage, and offers an attractive blend of old and new. From the bustling maze of the historic Old City centre, to leafy, Georgian Clifton; modern, sophisticated Harbourside, and the ‘Cultural Quarter’ at Stokes Croft: Bristol offers something for everyone.
Bristol is the perfect city for lovers of green space and great views. The Downs, which border the northern edge of Clifton, offers over 400 acres of protected parkland to explore, and is the home of the University of Bristol’s Botanical Gardens. Within the city, popular green spaces include: Brandon Hill - the oldest park in Bristol, and Queen Square - which also hosts events throughout the summer, including the Bristol Harbour Festival in July.
Every city has its share of crime, and Bristol is no different. Rates of anti-social behaviour are particularly high in the city. However, most of this is concentrated in the very centre of Bristol. Much of the surrounding area has a lower level of reported crime.
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The local area
The Old City in the centre is the heart of the action in Bristol. Dubbed Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, this maze of medieval streets is the perfect place to get lost on the weekends.
A short 15 minute walk up Park Street will bring you to the bohemian, leafy, Clifton village area. Come here for the independent shopping, stunning Georgian architecture, and the dramatic views of Avon Gorge from the Bristol Suspension Bridge. Or, head to Harbourside for some of Bristol’s top attractions, followed by a sophisticated waterside meal. ..READ MORE
Things to do
14 restaurants in Bristol
Hotel/bed & breakfast/guest house
Eurest - Bevan Brittan
Baxterstorey - Simmons & Simmons
Spicer and Cole
The Bridge Inn
Bella Vista Italian Restaurant Ltd
Baristas Coffee Collective
Pret a Manger
Cost of living
£90.79 - £386.36
£700 - £1,300
Buy: 2 Bed house
£149K - £540K
Rent: 2 Bed house
£740 - £1940
£424 - £1016
Bristol is famed for being a particularly bike-friendly city, with an extensive network of cycle paths, and lots of places to hire bicycles. However, this doesn’t mean it’s lacking on the traditional public transport front. There’s a regular bus service that runs throughout the city and surrounding areas everyday, except on public holidays.
If you’re looking to head out of the city, Bristol Temple Meads Station - the largest rail hub in the West of England - is a 15 minute walk from the City Centre. Bristol Airport is also just a short drive away.
£2.00 - £3.50
£65.00 - £88.00
Taxi starting tariff
£2.40 - £3.00
Bristol offers culture-lovers a huge range of options. Head to the Old City to catch a show at famous venues like: the Bristol Hippodrome, the Bristol Old Vic, and Colston Hall. Or head to Harbourside for key attractions, including: Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the 3D planetarium at We the Curious, and Bristol’s Aquarium.
Sports lovers can get their fix at Harbourside. Here you’ll find an array of options including yachting, paddle-boarding, rowing, and cycling. If you prefer watching sport, nearby Gloucestershire County Cricket Club regularly hosts matches.
£17.00 - £60.00
£8.00 - £12.50
£12.00 - £25.00
Moving to Bristol
The cost of living in Bristol is slightly higher than average for the UK. Expect to pay £277,000 for the average 2-bed house, or £1,152 per month in rent. However, you’ll find prices vary widely across the city. You’ll find cheaper, student-friendly homes near Gloucester Road and Redland, and larger, more expensive properties in Clifton Village, Horfield, or Bishopston.
In a Quality of Life survey conducted by Bristol council in 2019, 88% of Bristolians said they were happy with their housing.
Help and information
Settling into a new neighbourhood can be tricky, but there’s lots of support out there.