Once the UK’s second-strategic port, the City of Bristol is still firmly on the nation’s radar, churning out household names such as comedians ‘Little Britain’, Aardman Animations, Massive Attack and the late Concorde, among others. Bristol is southwest England’s cultural, education and employment hub. Its financial services sector employs 59,000 in the city, and its thriving high-tech sector prompted heavyweight Hewlett-Packard to set up its national research laboratories here.
Bursting with energy and innovation, Bristol is a city that is wild about culture, both classic and contemporary. Here you can find anything from its annual ‘Foodie Festival’, to a museum that boasts preserved houses from Tudor and Georgian times. It is widely famed for its film and music industries, and regularly produces hugely successful UK bands and artists.
Commuting to work can be a bother due to heavy traffic congestion, which has generated significant demand for city living. Singles and couples may favor the luxury Harbourside waterfront developments and attractive townhouses overlooking Bristol's floating harbor. For families, the village of Clifton in the northwest of the city is a popular choice. Within 2 miles of the city center, it is a stone’s throw from Bristol University, great shops and restaurants.
What is special or unique about your city?
Bristol is in the middle of one of the most attractive parts of the United Kingdom, and has a very rich and varied history. As well as a great maritime and cultural heritage, the city has recently grown in the areas of art, museums, theatres and sporting centers. As well as being home to the oldest theatre in Britain, the Old Vic (opened in 1766), there are also a number of newer drama and arts venues such as the Tobacco Factory.
Conveniently located close to the M4 and M5 motorways, Bristol is well-placed to explore the surrounding countryside. To the north are the picturesque Cotswolds and Gloucester Plain; to the west is the Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains of Wales; to the south is Somerset and Wookey Hole Caves, while even further south is Devon, Dorset and Cornwall; and to the east is Wiltshire and Stonehenge.
What are a newcomer's first impressions of your city?
As well as being aware of the friendliness of locals, newcomers to Bristol will often notice the city is full of architecture from many different periods. From the gothic St Mary Redcliffe church and wealth of Victorian buildings, to the Brunel-designed Clifton Suspension Bridge and innovative new structures on display, Bristol is an interesting city to explore.
Are these impressions likely to change?
No, it is unlikely these impressions will change.
What is the local language?
How easily could I live in this city without knowing this language?
It is strongly recommended that you know at least conversational English as it will help with daily life in Bristol.
What are good things to remember in order to avoid offending the other residents of this city?
The people of Bristol are very good-natured; however it is useful to remember that there are a number of nationalities, religions and beliefs within the city so it is best to always be polite, courteous and aware of the different cultures.
How might the local weather affect my daily life?
England has unpredictable weather! Bristol is generally cool and rainy from November to April, but from May to October the warm weather arrives and you will enjoy some wonderful warm sunshine. Apart from infrequent gales and strong winds, the country does not suffer from extreme weather or natural disasters.
Is there anything else I should know about the overall character of your city or its people?
Bristolians are very proud of their heritage and history; people are friendly, warm, and accommodating to visitors and settlers. Bristol is widely recognized as a great place to live and work and ideally located as the gateway to the stunning West Country.
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