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It is the UK’s eighth largest city and home to nearly half a million people, including thousands of students. The Romans had settlements here, yet the city is thriving in the 21st Century. So what makes Bristol such an enduringly successful place? Over the next three blog posts we will take a look at ten reasons why it is a great place to live today:

1. Benefit from Bristol’s buoyant economy

Ok, it may be unromantic to start with economics, but it underpins much of what is good about living in Bristol. The local economy is thriving and extraordinarily diverse, from engineering to financial services and tourism to tech. Many companies have chosen to locate in the city from global giants like Rolls Royce and HP to start ups that may be giants of the future. This economic dynamism brings jobs and prosperity and the promise of a bright tomorrow.

2. Live in a beautiful house

Pick your period: Georgian, Victorian, 1930s and you will find a house to suit you. Clifton stands there in its Georgian splendour, while Bishopston, Southville, St George (as well as many other districts) are solidly Victorian. Then you have Westbury on Trym and Henleaze which are characterised by spacious semi-detached 1930s builds.


If you don’t need the size of a house then fear not, for many of these period houses have been converted into stylish apartments. If you like new-builds, then there are plenty of those around the city too. Whether you are renting a property in Bristol or buying, you have great options to choose from.

3. Bristol’s rich heritage


Stroll around the central areas of Bristol and the names adorning the streets and buildings give away a grand past. There are names borrowed from renowned explorers such as the Cabots and wealthy merchants like Canynges and Wills… and not forgetting the engineering genius of Brunel. Bristol displays two of his greatest creations: the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain, not to mention the wonderful Temple Meads station.

If you have any interest in the past, then to live in a city with so much history on display is a real privilege.

4. A city surrounded by gorgeous countryside

The Cotswolds lie to the North, the Mendips to the South and South Wales to the West. Living in Bristol gives you plenty of opportunity to experience some of the finest countryside in the UK. The countryside offers beautiful walks, specialist activities such as caving and climbing, and quaint villages.

And the nearby provincial towns and cities like Wells, Bath, Gloucester and Cardiff provide an even greater range of sporting, cultural, retail and tourism experiences to people that live in Bristol.

You don’t even need to leave the city limits to get some stunning scenery, with Leigh Woods, Blaise Castle Estate and Ashton Court all on the doorstep.

That’s it for this post. If you want to find a home to rent in Bristol call Gough Quarters and let us help you find your perfect property. Want to discover more great things about living in Bristol? Then read part two of this blog.

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