Local area guide

Living in Bristol (BS)

A rebellious streak, a penchant for the quirky and way more than a touch of creativity: Bristol is brimming with energy and excitement at every turn. It's no wonder this eco-conscious South West city is always topping the 'most liveable' lists.

Your guide to moving to Bristol

Why Bristol is a good place to live

Living in Bristol is a whirlwind of inspiration and vibrancy, where every corner of the city has its own story to tell. It's not just a place to live, it's a lifestyle worth diving into.

It's all about embracing diversity, from the food scene to the music gigs – there's always something cool happening.

Each part of the city has its own distinct character, and that means crime rates can vary. But there are excellent schools, green spaces and independent businesses everywhere you look, so you're spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a great area to live in Bristol.

If you're into creative spaces, bustling markets and all-week-long nightlife, living in Bristol will suit you like your comfiest pair of trainers.

What is Bristol famous for?

Bristol is famous for being the birthplace of the elusive street artist Banksy. This proud association showcases the city's deep-rooted support for street art and creativity, and his presence has helped cement Bristol as a global hub for art and innovation.

Things to do in Bristol

First, hit up the Harbourside and its blend of cool cafes, boat bars and artsy markets. Get your graffiti fix in Stokes Croft and grab a bite to eat on Gloucester Road, one of the UK's longest streets of independent businesses.

Don't miss Clifton Suspension Bridge – the iconic landmark offers killer views, plus there are plenty of great pubs nearby in picturesque Clifton Village.

Average asking prices in Bristol today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£350,000

697 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£550,000

661 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£385,000

606 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£235,000

841 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Bristol

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  • Bridge Inn

    Bristol, Avon, BS2

    Probably the smallest pub in Bristol

  • Rummer

    Bristol, Avon, BS1

    Amazing selection of spirits, excellent cocktails, eclectic beers, brilliant food

  • Seamus O'Donnells

    Bristol, Avon, BS1

    At Séamus O'donnell's we only have one law, SOD's Law! - you can't take it with you so you may as well drink it now.

  • Toto's Wine Bar

    Bristol, Avon, BS1

    Riverside location, serving great food, coffee and drinks everyday. Available for private and corporate hire.

  • King Street Brewhouse

    Bristol, Avon, BS1

    The King Street Brew House is an urban style city centre pub with its very own micro-brewery, creating our own cask and keg beers ‘Socks and Sandals’ ‘Shaft’ ‘White Trash’ ‘Pasty Git’ to name but a few!

  • Revolution

    Bristol, Avon, BS1

    Set in the impressive surroundings of the Old Fish Market building on St Nicholas Street, Revolution Bristol offers fantastic food, an extensive range of beer, cider, wine, premium spirits and of course, our incredible handcrafted cocktails!

Transport in Bristol

Trains

Bristol Temple Meads in the city centre is your go-to station for longer journeys, getting you to London in 1.5 hours and Cardiff in an hour. Bristol Parkway runs trains to many major cities and can be easier to reach as it's located north of the city centre. There are several small train stations that are handy for getting around Bristol, including Clifton Down, Redland, Montpelier, Bedminster and Filton Abbey Wood.

Buses

Bristol's got a huge bus network with plenty of services to get you where you need to be. This sustainable city has brought in more bus lanes to ease the journey, but keep in mind that buses can be subject to heavy traffic at peak times.

Park and Ride

Ashton Gate and Long Ashton Park and Rides are your shortcuts to the city centre, each taking about 15 minutes.

Car

Traffic in Bristol can get pretty heavy, especially in the city centre and on the M32 at peak times. Many locals choose to cycle and avoid adding to congestion and pollution in the city.

Bristol is well-linked to major cities and the rest of the South West. Head east on the M4 to reach London in 2.5 hours or go west to reach Cardiff within an hour. The M5 runs north to south, putting Birmingham 1.5 hours away and Exeter an hour away, where it connects to the A30 towards Cornwall.

Airports

Bristol Airport is around 30 minutes away (if traffic is kind) and offers flights to various domestic and international destinations. For even more flight options, larger airports like London Heathrow and London Gatwick are a 2.5 to 3 hour drive.

Transport connections

Castle Park Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0 miles / 0.0 km
Bristol Bridge Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Welsh Back Ferry Landing
Ferry Port
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
Bristol Temple Meads
National Rail
0.5 miles / 0.8 km
Montpelier
National Rail
1 miles / 1.6 km
Bedminster
National Rail
1 miles / 1.6 km

Schools in Bristol

Bristol boasts a rich and diverse educational landscape. The city offers a wide range of primary and secondary schools, including both state-funded and independent institutions.

In terms of higher education, Bristol is home to two prominent universities: the University of Bristol (a Russell Group institution) and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Both attract students from all over the world, making Bristol a lively student city.

Bristol also has several colleges and vocational training centres that cater to a variety of interests and career paths.

Schools in Bristol

Hannah More Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2020)
Willow Park CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2015)
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Cathedral Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
St Nicholas of Tolentine Catholic Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old