Our City - Life in Bristol

Bristol is consistently voted the best place to live in the UK, with vibrant local music, arts and gastronomic scenes, a wide range of modern and state of the art shopping, recreation and leisure facilities, a wealth of great local family days out, fantastic transport links for local, national and international holidays.

Never a city to sit still, Bristol is adapting to the current climate and bringing ways in which you can virtually visit Bristol's attractions from your sofa, until the city can be safely opened up to visitors again.

What is it like to live in Bristol?

Visit Bristol and UWE Bristol have collaborated to create 360 videos that showcase Bristol's beautiful scenery, culinary delights, shopping secrets and festival vibes.

Watch these on your mobile for a 360 view of our incredible city. If you are watching on a computer, use the arrow pad on the top left hand side of the video to experience the 360 view.  

Bristol's Beautiful views - 360 Video
Bristol's Food and Drink - 360 Video
Bristol's Shopping- 360 Video
Bristol's Festivals - 360 Video

Explore more of the best of Bristol:

The Ultimate A-Z guide to Bristol - Visit Bristol

120 Things to do Bristol- Visit Bristol

Events Calendar- Visit Bristol

Food and Drink - Visit Bristol

Shopping - Visit Bristol

Where could I live in and around Bristol?

Bristol offers a diverse range of distinct areas, each with their own unique identity.

Explore the Visit Bristol Areas of Bristol guide to find your vibe.

North Bristol NHS Trust is also easily commutable from a range of attractive locations in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and South Wales, for example:


Bristol has won multiple awards over the past five years for being one of the best places to live and work in the UK:


The Times - Bristol Harbourside Bristol - Best places to live in the UK 2020

The Independent - Bristol is best place in UK outside London to live for under 26s

BBC News- Bristol named best place to live in Britain 2017

The Independent - Bristol named best place to live in the UK for 2017

Bristol Live- The Bristol places named the best to live in over the past five years


What is Bristol like for children?

"Bristol is a great destination for a family trip and we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly city, offering entertainment for kids of all ages" - Visit Bristol

Bristol is a fantastic place for children to play, learn and grow with the incredible array of parks, museums and attractions to visit in both rain and shine.

Check out the Visit Bristol website pages below to plan your next adventure:

Visit Bristol - Things to do -Families

Visit Bristol - Free days out

Visit Bristol- Family days out 

We understand it's not just about the fun your children will be having as education plays an important part in family life. 

The Bristol City Council website is a great place to start exploring your child's educational pathway. 

Bristol City Council Website - Information about Bristol primary schools 

Bristol City Council Website- Information about Bristol secondary schools

Did you know?

North Bristol NHS Trust can offer relocation support of up to £4,000* for Registered and Newly Qualifying Nurses and Operating Department Practitioners. 

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Our City - Life in Bristol