Where to Live
The centre of Bristol can hardly be said to be beautiful, having sustained huge damage during the Bristol blitz in World War II. But a short walk into the suburbs of Bristol and there are many many residential areas offering stunning Georgian terraces and beautiful big Victorian houses. We focus here on north Bristol where many new arrivals from London choose to set up home. If you work in the city centre, you can walk to work or take the little express train which whizzes residents of Clifton, Redland and Montpelier to Bristol Temple Meads in minutes. Useful if your work will take you to London on a regular basis. Paddington is 1hr and 45 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads, with some slightly faster trains from Bristol Parkway on the north side of Bristol.
Many choose to rent or buy in Clifton with its iconic Georgian architecture and well- heeled village of excellent restaurants and boutique shopping. Those looking for more of a garden and perhaps access to secondary state education may opt for the Redland or Bishopston area. With its great restaurants and access to both the Whiteladies Road and the Gloucester Road (said to be the longest road of independent shops in the UK), leafy and tranquil Redland offers a wealth of spacious Victorian housing. Also close to the Gloucester Road are Bishopston, Montpelier and St Andrews with good primary schools, nice parks and a distinctly Bristolian atmosphere. Cotham (good for the medical profession, academics and TV people being close to three hospitals, Bristol University and the BBC) also has some beautiful terraced family houses and is a very easy walk to the city centre and most offices. Slightly further out Henleaze, Sneyd Park and Westbury Park are also great places to live.