Bristol Area Guides

Cosmopolitan Bristol, with its large student population, is a nightlife, shopping, and dining hotspot. It is connected by bus, rail, and road, but for those commuting into Bristol, the advice is generally to use the Park & Ride schemes or take the train and then a bus, as the train stations aren’t in the city centre. The Harbourside is a popular residential area, and the nearby village of Clifton is within walking distance to the university and a favourite of families, too. Bristol is a major cycling city, with several designated routes in the area, and was the European Green Capital for 2015. Although it’s a bustling city, the scenery of the Cotswolds and Devon is on your doorstep, and domestic and international getaways are a breeze with rail connections to the rest of the country — and Bristol International Airport less than 10 miles from the centre. In 2014, Bristol was named the best UK city to live in by the Sunday Times. 

Living in Bristol


Bristol is a small city that feels like a big city, according to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, which named Bristol the best place to live in the UK in 2017.


Bristol is a historic and charming city, with beautiful period architecture alongside modern buildings, and dotted with excellent green and open spaces. Cultural offerings are also excellent, from museums and galleries as well as theatres and cinemas to bars and nightclubs. Bristol is known throughout the world for its street art, thanks in part to Banksy’s work.


The city is very well-connected to other parts of the country, and transport links within the city are also good. 

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