The nicest places to live in Bristol
Bristol is a fantastic city to live in and one of the most lively and exciting places in the South West of the UK. It’s an incredibly important economic centre with lots of jobs as well as being a culturally vibrant city with incredible communities and a more peaceful atmosphere than many of our other large cities. If you’re thinking about moving to Bristol then we’ve put together a complete city living guide to give you a great grasp of the city!
Where to live
We’ll start with where to live as this is, obviously, the first thing on most people’s agendas. The central areas of Bristol offer you the most lively and exciting places to live while the areas further out are quieter and more peaceful. If you’re planning to rent or buy in Bristol with a family then the outskirts are the best areas with plenty of relatively quiet areas. Mangotsfield, Fishponds and the other outlying areas are all fine; though they have a little bit of a bad reputation. For something nicer you should try the outlying villages beyond the city limits which tend to have a better atmosphere though higher living costs! In central Bristol there are a variety of exceptional areas. For rich living Clifton, Whiteladies road and Clifton village are the best places to live with fantastic restaurants and shops. For something more vibrant the area around Gloucester road is by far the best with its alternative culture, graffiti and fantastic community culture. Flats to rent in Bristol are at their finest closer to the centre with the area around the waterfront offering some fantastic views of the harbour and old buildings. Anywhere along Hotwells road and the behind Clifton will offer you great views and access to great parks, shops and pubs.
What to do
While Bristol is a diverse city some things stand out above the rest for anyone thinking about moving to the city. Firstly, the city centre is a fantastic place for a night out whether you want peace and quiet or a more rowdy club scene. The area along the waterfront is the most popular with larger chain bars and clubs. However, the cobbled streets and Tudor pubs along part of the waterfront are superb for anyone wanting a lively mix. Along Gloucester road you can find the alternative scene with smaller pubs and clubs catering to a lively audience! However, there’s more to Bristol than the pubs and nightlife. The shopping is world class thanks to the new Cabot circus complex, the rich boutique shops of Park street and Clifton and the pokey St. Nicholas’s Market with its stalls. In terms of community Bristol is bursting to the seams with community run projects and groups so there’s always plenty of free entertainment on offer. In the summer free festivals, the balloon festival and plenty of activity bring the city alive and give you something to do every day of the week! Then finally we also need to think that Bristol is a beautiful city with the Clifton suspension bridge, the large open park of the downs and the river and ancient streets making it a beautiful place to be!