The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide chose Bristol as the best city to live in Britain in 2017. The city was also been named as one of the The 10 happiest cities to work in the UK by The Guardian.
2. A City Full of Creativity
The city has a rich creative background, home to the Oscar award-winning Aardman creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Creature Comforts. The infamous Banksy also helped to put Bristol on the map for street art, which has lead to the city hosting the biggest street art festival in Europe, Upfest.
3. Rich and Interesting History
Bristol is the global capital of natural history programme making. Over 25% of the world's natural history films are made in Bristol, with the majority of these at the BBC's Natural History Unit.
4. A Night to Remember
The city’s nightlife has a proven reputation, the club Motion has been named as one of only two UK venues to reach the top 20 clubs in the world.
5. Shopping Capital of the South West
Bristol has all of the shops you could ever want, but without the cramped mayhem or huge crowds you’d get in London. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s the huge 4-floor Primark, fancy Quaker Friars or the independent shops of Gloucester Road.
6. Unrivalled Views
The Clifton Suspension Bridge’s spectacular setting on the cliffs of the Avon Gorge has made it the defining symbol of Bristol, drawing thousands of visitors a year just to stroll across for views of the ancient Avon Gorge, elegant Clifton and the magnificent city beyond.
7. One of the Best Universities in the UK
Whether you are planning to move there for your own education, or will inevitably start a family there, then you will be pleased to hear that not only have the city's secondary schools been named among the best in the country, but it is also home to two universities – including the University of Bristol, which has been ranked among the Top 20 in the UK.
8. European Green Capital of the Year
Bristol was the first UK city to win the prestigious award of European Green Capital for the year 2015. The city’s 40 years of pioneering environmental efforts were rewarded along with their willingness to take risks, look at new ideas, and make ambitious plans for the future.
9. The Floating Harbour
Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.