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This is part two of a three part blog looking at the top ten things that make Bristol a great city to live in. This time we are looking at reasons 5 and 6.

5. Culture

If you are into theatre, art, cinema, comedy or music, then making Bristol your home will give you ample opportunity to indulge your interests. The Bristol Old Vic is a prestigious theatre on King Street that runs heavyweight drama productions as well as a variety of touring shows. Also in the Centre are the Hippodrome and Colston Hall which tend to provide lighter entertainment such as touring musicals and comedy. The Tobacco Factory is a cultural hub over in Bedminster and there are numerous other smaller scale venues dotted around the city.

The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Royal West of England Academy (both on The Triangle) provide galleries and museum exhibitions.

Bristol has a number of state of the art multiplex cinemas showing the latest box-office releases, but also some art-house cinemas that specialise in independent films and film festivals.

Bristol makes significant cultural exports, including the Aardman Animation productions like Wallace and Gromit, and an output of BBC programmes – particularly wildlife documentaries.

6. Entertaining and educating children


If you are looking for somewhere to settle with a family then Bristol is a great place to raise children. The amount of attractions and activities it is host to means there need rarely be a dull weekend, whatever your budget. The big attractions like Bristol Zoo and @Bristol offer annual passes which if used frequently offer outstanding value. Most neighbourhoods have their own park with play facilities and some have free sporting zones such as tennis courts or skate parks.


There are several city farms that provide local communities with the chance to get involved in their activities and free access. Also free are some of Bristol’s best museums such as the M-Shed and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. It costs nothing to take children to visit some of the great Bristol landmarks like the Clifton Suspension Bridge – an entertaining summer afternoon out – especially when rounded off with an ice-cream!

Moving on to education and Bristol has some of the highest achieving primary schools in the country. In the past secondary schools have not perhaps enjoyed such a strong reputation, but the introduction of academies and free schools is moving secondary education in the right direction. There is also an excellent range of private schools for girls and boys.

Tip for parents: Competition for places among some primary schools can be strong, so if primary schools are an important factor do some homework on admissions before renting or buying a house in Bristol.

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 make sure you also read parts 1 and 3 of this blog

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