Bristol – officially the best place to live in the UK

One of the nation’s best-loved cities, Bristol is located within the picturesque south west of England. It boasts an exciting culture – with theatres, restaurants and pubs that prove popular among locals,  visitors from all corners of the world and those looking to move to Bristol.

And it was this week voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.

It has also become one of the most internet connected cities in Britain and has just won the Smart City Award at the World Communications Awards & Internet of Things Awards.

Bristol is situated close to the border between England and Wales. It enjoys a spectacular coastline and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Famous for art

The city is famous for its cutting edge artists. Damien Hirst was born here – and elusive Banksy is reported to have been a former pupil of Bristol Cathedral School.

Theatre lovers are spoilt for choice, with an array of venues to visit – including the renowned Bristol Old Vic – which regularly plays host to some of the world’s greatest performers.

Family-friendly city

Families will find plenty to occupy them in one of the south’s most entertaining cities. The Downs offer numerous perfect spots for picnics and walks. And the renowned Bristol Zoo is a favourite among children and adults alike. There is an exciting collection of museums and galleries to visit too, with many – including the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – offering free access throughout the year.

Those wishing to visit a traditional seaside town needn’t look far either, with Weston-Super-Mare less than an hour away, with its Edwardian pier and sandy beach. Also close by is the West Country’s own ‘Grand Canyon’ Cheddar Gorge. And the Georgian town of Bath  lies a mere 40 minutes away.

Bristol and shopping go hand-in-hand because it offers retail’s biggest names, whilst being home to Gloucester Road – Europe’s longest street of independent shops. Clifton Village is a must for those seeking boutiques, antique shops and trendy cafes. And nearby Cribbs Causeway provides out-of-town shopping, with 135 stores to choose from.

The city is home to a wide range of businesses and industries – both creative and hi-tech – offering an extensive selection of career opportunities. And the city provides students with one of the UK’s most popular and successful universities.

Bristol-based commuters will enjoy easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways – offering fast routes to both Cardiff and London. And the city’s beautiful Victorian railway station, Temple Meads, provides direct access to most major cities. There are also regular services to popular holiday destinations in Devon and Cornwall.

Great transport links

The station was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is one of Bristol’s most famous landmarks.

For those wishing to take domestic and international flights, Bristol airport is located just to the south west of the city and offers travel to more than 100 direct destinations worldwide.

The city won the EU’s European Green Capital Award in 2015. And it’s no surprise that in 2014, The Sunday Times named Bristol the best city in Britain in which to live.