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Working and living in Bristol

Your kind of city


Welcome to Bristol, "the capital of the South West". It's a beautiful, historic city and it's as vibrant and lively now as it's ever been. Whether it's culture, shopping, eating out, sport or any other of life's essentials, you'll find them here. It's little wonder that, with great architecture and stunning views, a host of cultural attractions and a great range of places to eat and drink, the city welcomes over nine million visitors every year. You can find out more about Bristol by visiting Bristol City Council's website at .


The city has one of the country's widest selections of music, multimedia and performance venues. You can choose from cutting edge drama to the best of the West End musicals; rock with laughter at comedy clubs or just plain rock at dozens of live music venues, enjoy the perfect pint in ancient pubs or the perfect Martini in award-winning cocktail bars; and dine in styles from Lebanese to Latino in the city's excellent restaurants. Or, if you're more at home outdoors, grab your walking boots or bike and head for some of Britain's most stunning landscapes, like the Cotswolds, Cheddar Gorge or the Somerset, Devon and South Wales countryside and coast. And if that's too much effort, watch other people tire themselves out at our great selection of sporting venues.


Be it retail therapy or daily essentials, Bristol can provide a shopping experience to suit every taste and pocket. The best known high street names and most stylish fashion brands can be found in the heart of the city at Broadmead and the new £500 million Cabot Circus development. We have more independent shops than any other major city and if you head to vibrant locations like Park Street, Whiteladies Road, Gloucester Road, Clifton Village and the historic St Nicholas Market, you'll find just the unusual and individual gift you were looking for.


You can choose to live in the city itself or commute from parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire. There's housing to suit every taste and pocket, and Bristol benefits from the Government's Starter Homes Initiative, offering an affordable foot on the property ladder for healthcare workers. For housing advice from our Local Authority see or visit rightmove  Affordable rental and shared ownership schemes for NHS staff are also provided by the Arcadia Housing Group (also known as Knightstone Housing Association).  Accommodation opportunities are also available from  


There are first-rate educational opportunities of every sort in and around Bristol, with primary and secondary schools, Further Education and Higher Education colleges and, of course, our close partnership with the Universities of Bristol and the West of England. For more information about education in and around Bristol see


You'll find it easy to get to work; most of our facilities are close to great public transport and road links; we run courtesy buses between our sites and offer help with bus passes and rail season tickets. We also have great facilities and user groups for bicycles and motorbikes. The city is pedestrian"friendly and so are we; we're doing our best to support green transport policies and the Bristol Travel Plan. Please note that parking spaces are limited and priority is given to those who need them most.

It's easy to get to the rest of the UK and Europe from Bristol; of all the major UK cities, it's the nearest to London and has unrivalled rail and motorway links, not to mention one of the country's fastest growing international airports. Plan a route by using the RAC's routeplanner at .