Bristol's the best place to set up home, says Sunday Times survey of UK cities

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Bristol's the best place to set up home, says Sunday Times survey of UK cities


It will come as no great surprise to the people who live and work in Bristol – but now a national survey has confirmed what most us have known for some time.

A survey of the 64 leading cities in the country has confirmed that the Bristol we know and love really is the best place in the country to set up home.

The report has been put together by the Sunday Times and ranks cities against one another using a number of different measures.

The findings come a week after the paper published a list of the best towns to live in the England, Scotland and Wales.

And although the Northern charms of Skipton in Yorkshire came out on top last time around this week it was the delights of Bristol that caught the eye of the authors of the survey.

Standard of living, the quality of schools, the chances of landing a job and nightlife were all taken into account and the conclusion was that Bristol is simply one of the best places in the country to live.

Bristol also has the best restaurants, the best cafes and bars, the best parks and the best nightlife of anywhere in the country.

The report heaped praise on Bristol thanks to “one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, varied and beautiful housing stock, decent schools, buzzy culture and night life and easy access to some fantastic countryside.”

The city’s close rail links with two capital cities also worked in its favour. And with plans to upgrade the rail links between London and Cardiff about to come to fruition the picture is looking even brighter for years to come.

The survey has profiled each one of the 64 cities in Britain, and although it does not rank them, Bristol comes out as a clear winner.

The survey covers the biggest cities in the country including London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as small provincial centres such as Chichester, Ely, Lichfield and St Davids.

The guide also revealed the best place to live to be near the best state schools, the top buy-to-let hotspots, and the top ten locations to be within hiking distance of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.

Helen Davies, who put together the report, said: “Cities can be fabulous places to live. They offer almost everything you could ever want. Many of us already live in a city and even more of us are predicted to make our home in one in the next decade.

“The urban lifestyle appeals to almost everyone: from those in their twenties starting out, families putting down roots and retirees moving back into the bustle of a city centre. Overall, the list is a celebration of city life.”

Last week’s report named Skipton in North Yorkshire as the number one, praising its ideal combination of low crime rates, “top class” schools, great transport links, a “buzzing” high street dominated by independent shops, pretty and reasonably priced property, and beautiful surrounding countryside.

In second place was Newnham in Cambridge, in third was Monmouth in Wales, while seaside town Falmouth in Cornwall took fourth spot.


Clifton Downs and the Suspension Bridge
There is no better way to spend a Sunday than going for a walk across Clifton Downs. And once you have finished your stroll you can pop to Clifton Village for a bite to eat or take in the views from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Gloucester Road
From humble beginnings Gloucester Road has grown into one of the best nights out in the country. Stretching from the city centre to Horfield there is an endless choice of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants offering great food, live music and late night dancing.
St Nick’s Market, above
Forget about the rest St Nick’s has to be one of the best indoor markets in the country thanks to the selection of food on offer. The market has become a hugely popular place to lunch and you can chose from pie and mash, Middle Eastern, Italian and Moroccan to name just a few. And best of all a great plate of food comes with a reasonable price tag.
A very Bristol summer
Only boring people get bored and that is certainly the case in the summer months in Bristol. It seems that there is now a festival pretty much every weekend from the end of April right through to September. The summer is when the city truly comes into its own and the locals love nothing more than coming out to enjoy themselves when the sun shines.
The Harbourside, main image
Although not everyone is a fan of the way the Harbourside has been developed, the Floating Harbour is a major part of city life. Attractions such as the M shed and ss Great Britain along with old favourites such as the Arnolfini and Watershed have made the Floating Harbour a thriving hub of activity.
The suburbs
Just a few years ago Clifton was the only place to be but the city has been happy to move on. New areas are constantly becoming trendier as people look for somewhere to live which is fun but also affordable. Bedminster led the way thanks in large part to the Tobacco factory but Easton, Southville, Horfield, Bishopston and Montpelier have all become housing hotspots in recent years.
The music scene
Bristol’s music scene really needs no introduction and the city has led the way for more than 20 years when it comes to dance music. Even if you are not a big fan of dub-step, drum and bass and dance there is still plenty on offer. The city has one of the best live music city scenes to be found anywhere in the country.
Although not everyone is a fan of graffiti there is no doubt that Banksy has had a huge impact on his home city.
Bristol has become famous around the world and has become known for its street art and edginess.


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