Bristol by numbers

Population of Bristol


One of 10 UK core cities


Sunday Times UK Best City


European Green Capital

Get to know Bristol

Bristol is the cultural and business capital of the South West, famed for its maritime heritage, iconic suspension bridge and as the birthplace of Banksy and Wallace and Gromit. Named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in the UK, the city has an independent spirit with a buzzing city centre and some of England’s finest countryside on its doorstep.

Areas of Bristol

The city of Bristol is made up of a series of distinct areas, each with its own unique character

Top Tips if you are new to Bristol

Here’s a few ideas to start exploring.

Bus Travel

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Things to do

You will never get bored in Bristol. Festivals, art trails, Banksy and sight seeing.

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Food & Drink

There is an ever increasing number of beautiful and quirky pubs and cafes.

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The Student Scene

Home to two world-class universities and a student population of over 47,000, Bristol is a popular place to study. The city’s thriving music and arts scene, plentiful green spaces, exciting nightlife and easy accessibility are key attractions for students and young professionals alike.

Vibrant Culture

With its techicoloured street art, plethora of galleries and museums and year-round programme of events, Bristol’s cultural heritage is alive and kicking. Leading arts spaces include the Arnolfini gallery and M Shed museum, while the Old Vic, Colston Hall and Bristol Hippodrome are among the city’s renowned theatres and venues.


As the shopping hub of the South West, Bristol offers the ultimate hit of retail therapy. Cabot Circus houses 120 shops, 25 restaurants and a 13-screen cinema, while The Mall at Cribbs Causeway has a further 135 stores. For vintage fashions, quirky independents and antiques, try Clifton Village or the Christmas Steps arts quarter.


Bristol has one of the top five fastest growing economies in England. The city is home to a cluster of blue chip aerospace and financial service businesses, as well as thriving media and information technology industries. Strong infrastructure, an educated population and sizable talent pool makes Bristol a hotspot for new business creation.