Bristol life

Bristol has a unique character combining the best of city living with a quality of life that is hard to beat. A cosmopolitan, multi-cultural city, Bristol is home to a diverse population and is renowned for its vibrant entertainment scenes. Throughout the year, the city is home to a variety of festivals and regattas, including the Balloon Fiesta, Brisfest, St Paul's Carnival, the Harbour Festival and the Organic Food Festival.

Bristol offers something for everyone. During the summer, the redeveloped Harbourside is perfect for alfresco dining and drinking. Alternatively, you can head up the hill to Clifton, where you will find a fantastic selection of independent bars and restaurants. Bristol is also home to the Old Vic (the oldest working theatre in the country) and the Hippodrome which regularly features touring West End musicals.

Shopping in Bristol is similarly diverse as you will find all the big names you would expect from a major regional capital, as well as independent boutiques, galleries and music shops.

Combined with all this bustling activity, Bristol offers breathtaking scenery. The city is full of magnificent architecture, from Bristol Cathedral, the prestigious University and the Clifton Suspension Bridge to the more modern developments including Burges Salmon’s One Glass Wharf offices at Temple Quay. There are plenty of open spaces, such as the Ashton Court Estate and the glorious Clifton Downs with views over the Avon Gorge and Suspension Bridge. Venture slightly further afield and you will find that some of the UK's most stunning landscapes and coastlines.

For sport enthusiasts, first class rugby, football, horseracing, mountain biking, cricket, sailing and surfing are easily accessible, as well as a variety of more adventurous activities that may take your fancy. Bristol was named England's first 'cycling city' and has received government funding to improve facilities and increase the number of cyclists in the city.

Housing options in Bristol are attractive and affordable and most residential areas are within a 20 minute walk from the city centre. You might choose to live in one of the modern waterside developments and catch the ferry to work, or stroll in from the more traditional Georgian terraces and Victorian areas surrounding the centre. Alternatively the surrounding areas offer some beautiful town, village and rural housing options.