Located in the South West of England, Bristol is a lively and vibrant city bursting with culture, which extends throughout the wider urban area outside the city. Sitting on the cusp of England and Wales, Bristol is surrounded in beautiful scenery for miles – built around the River Avon; The city also has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which leads into the Bristol Channel. For beauty alone – it’s the perfect place to set up home. Filled with excellent things to see and do, from original Banksy artworks and the Old Vic, to various music venues such as Colston Hall – you’ll always find something to see and do when purchasing new homes in Bristol.
Situated near the crossroad of the M4 and M5, the city is perfectly positioned for access to the English and Welsh capitals, in just over two hour and just under one hour respectively. The city also boasts a magnificent Victorian railway station, Temple Meads, which offers travellers direct services to London Paddington, in less than two hours, and most other major cities. There are also regular services to many popular holiday destinations in Cornwall and Devon. Temple Meads was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, is one of city's most iconic landmarks. Just 7 miles south west of the city centre is Bristol Airport, with flights to over 100 direct destinations world-wide.
It’s easy to understand why new homes for sale in Bristol are so sought after. The city is a great place for families. The famous Downs are perfect for picnics, flying a kite or just taking a stroll. The world renowned Zoo is popular with children of all ages and there’s always something going on at the city’s museums, galleries and family attractions. Less than an hour away is the traditional seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare with its elegant Edwardian pier and sandy beach. The West Country’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ Cheddar Gorge is only 45 minutes away and the beautiful Georgian town of Bath lies 40 minutes away.
Shopping in Bristol
As the South West’s retail capital, the centre of the city has all the big names you’d hope for including Harvey Nichols. Gloucester Road is Europe’s longest street of independent shops. Clifton Village is Bristol’s Chelsea with boutiques, antique shops and trendy cafes, while it’s ‘Christmas Steps’ date back to the 1600s. Here amongst the cobble stones, you’ll discover some of the most quirky and eccentric shops anywhere in the country. In contrast, the nearby Cribbs Causeway is a modern, out of town shopping mall, with 135 stores including John Lewis.
Learning and Working
New houses for sale in Bristol appeal to a wide range of people. The city is a major centre for the creative industries, Aardman Animations, the creators of Wallace & Gromit, are based here, as is the BBC’s Natural History Unit. The city has two major regional theatres, The Old Vic and Hippodrome. It’s also home to a growing hi tech sector, with many of these companies having close links to the region’s highly regarded universities, in Bristol and Bath. With its long, illustrious history, its vibrant & diverse culture and its enviable location, it’s easy to see why Bristol was named the best city in the UK to live, by the Sunday Times.