We love being based in Bristol. It gives us all the benefits of being based in a city: there is lots going on culturally, great public transport, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, and a vibrant sense of community. However, the city is compact and easy to get to know. It’s not a huge sprawling metropolis like London, or Birmingham. And it has a much lower cost of living than the capital. We also love the countryside too, and the beauty of a small city like Bristol is that it is easy to escape to the great outdoors. There are more parks here than any other British city, and we’re close to some of the most stunning countryside in the UK, not to mention the fabulous SW coastline, great for walks, sailing, surfing, and swimming. We should also mention the very mild climate here which makes Bristol one of the warmest cities in the UK, and one of the sunniest (1,541–1,885 hours of sunshine a year).
Bristol is a thriving, multi-cultured city, nestled in England’s beautiful West Country. Situated between the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset, it is built around the River Avon and has a short coastline on the Severn Estuary, which flows into the Bristol Channel.
Bristol is a long-established city of learning with two universities – the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE), the Old Vic Drama School and centres for training in many different disciplines: dance, voice, drumming, philosophy, shiatsu, acupuncture, massage, drama, to name a few. The Bristol Alexander School has strong links with the University of Bristol: the School’s third year pupils provide Alexander tuition to the University’s music students
Bristol is very consciously a green city. The Soil Association is based here, as is Sustrans (who created the National Cycle Network), the Environment Agency and the BBC Natural History Unit. Many of our attractions and businesses have been awarded for their commitment to sustainability, and everywhere you go you’ll be impressed by our commitment to improving our environment.
There is a wide choice of entertainment in Bristol. We have theatres, festivals, the Welsh National Opera is based here, and you’ll find venues showcasing classical and every other kind of music.
If you’re interested in sport, you’ll find everything from ballooning to bowling, canoeing to caving and just about anything else you can think of.
Where to stay
There is a wide choice of housing, ranging in price from the ridiculous to affordable, so you will definitely find your heart’s desire in Bristol.
At the more affordable end of the spectrum, housing can still be found in attractive areas for £250 a month.
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