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The local area guide to living in Frenchay

The beautiful village of Frenchay sits 5 miles north-east of the bustling hub of Bristol, which it is a suburb of, and belongs to the civil parish of Winterbourne in South Gloucestershire.

As the charming village was first home to a Quaker meeting house, which dates back to 1809, it enticed a number of Quaker members from Bristol to settle here permanently. Frenchay also boasted one of the region’s finest hospitals, the Frenchay hospital, which aided injured servicemen during the D-Day landings in Normandy. However, the infirmary was soon forced into closure, transferring its facilities to Southmead Hospital, to make way for new housing developments.

Now, the village is a central hub for commuters as it sits strategically close to the M32 road, which takes road users directly into the heart of Bristol in mere seconds. Life in Frenchay is quite a simple affair. It boasts one of the prettiest walking routes in south-west England, the River Frome Walkway, which takes foot passengers on an epic journey along the picturesque canal side. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail or Treecreeper flying about! The Frenchay Moor further provides locals with a way to detox from the jostling world – even if it is for just a few hours!

Information about the local residents

Most mornings see many professionals rev up their engines and tackle the gridlocked M32 or B4058 roads to get to work. The village also sees an influx of students, who study at the Univesity (the University of the West of England or as it’s more commonly known, UWE Bristol) located nearby. In this sense, a varied demographic exists in Frenchay.

According to the 2011 Census, 8,965 people reside in the civil parish of Winterbourne, but the actual figure for Frenchay is considerably smaller. The village is also home to a large number of families, who are drawn to the village for its excellent schools, proximity to Bristol and the spacious properties on offer.

Nearby schools

Parents considering making the move to Frenchay will be delighted to know that excellent schools exist within the village and wider area.

At primary level, Frenchay Church of England Primary School, Frome Vale Academy and Begbrook Primary Academy were all highly praised by Ofsted, who awarded all three institutes with an attractive rating of ‘Good’ back in 2015, 2014 and 2013 respectively. All three schools also illustrate excellent pupil progression and attainments.

At secondary level, Downend School and Bristol Metropolitan Academy both offer superb secondary and post 16 education and are popular choices with locals. All schools mentioned, plus the many others situated in the area, are easily accessible by bus and car. If students wish to progress onto further education, Frenchay is home to UWE Bristol, and nearby Bristol is home to the prestigious University of Bristol

Getting around

Since Frenchay boasts commuter status, its transport network is, frankly, quite brilliant. Frequent bus services serve the village and ferry locals to Bristol, Fishponds, Longwell Green and Yate. Further bus services can be caught from UWE Bristol – a mere 5-minute drive or 13-minute bus journey away.

This is also where Filton Abby Wood train station is located. From here, you can catch convenient services to Bristol, Bristol International Airport and London. As the airport, serving domestic and international airlines, can be reached within moments, you can go on last-minute trips abroad with ease.

Despite the excellent public transport infrastructure present in Frenchay, most residents still rely heavily on their car, which is further aided by the proximity of the village to the M32 and B4058 roads. Both present fast links into Bristol, though they can get severely affected by congestion during peak hours.

Local shops

Unfortunately, Frenchay is mostly residential and lacks basic amenities, but don’t let that deter you! The nearby settlements of Downend and Fishponds (a mere bus or car journey away) are home to supermarkets and High Street stores, and, of course, the central hub of Bristol is home to a glittering shopping district that will more than make up for the absence of stores in Frenchay.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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