Best Places To Live In Bristol

If you’re thinking of making the move to Bristol, check out our list of the best places to live below...

Whilst once a post war confusion of concrete, today Bristol is a lively, cosmopolitan and bohemian city in the South West of England. It has a proud culture of independence centred around the independent establishments located on Gloucester Road and an artistic personality, which is displayed throughout the city’s streets.

Festivals, water, green spaces, music, breweries, art galleries, restaurants and cafes can all be found in abundance here. It is an area that is as popular with families as it with young professionals and creative types. So if you’re thinking of making the move to Bristol, check out our list of the best places to live below or start your new home search in Bristol here.



Clifton is a large area and one of the most picturesque in Bristol. It extends from the edge of the Avon Gorge, across the Durdham Downs and down Whiteladies Road to where Bristol Universities’ Gothic Wills Memorial Tower meets the Municipal Museum and Art Gallery.

With such desirable locations right on the doorstep and beautiful landscapes including the Royal York Crescent which offers panoramic views across the city and the nearby Suspension Bridge, it is no surprise this is one of Bristol’s most sought after places to live.

The main high street in Clifton village is abundant with cafes and boutique shops too and a regular bus service provides easy access into Bristol City Centre for those that need to commute.


If it’s Bristol’s culture of independence that appeals to you then Bishopston is a great place to live. It is close to the infamous Gloucester Road, which is full of independent businesses, boutique shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Bishopston is also popular for it’s lively atmosphere, family friendly community and not to mention the number of residential areas that fall into the catchment area for two of Bristol’s most prestigious schools: Redland Green and Cotham School.


Speaking of Redland Green, the area of Redland is another great choice if schooling is primary reason for moving home. In fact Redland and the neighbouring area of Cotham have become Bristol’s main property hotspot for families.

As well as being home to some of the best state schools in the city, there’s also plenty of green open spaces to explore including The Downs and the city centre is just a short walk down the hill (great news for commuters).


Leigh Woods

Just across the Clifton Suspension Bridge is the leafy suburban area of Leigh Woods. With its woodland setting, National Trust nature reserve and botanical gardens it is one of the greenest parts of the city and for that reason, an incredibly popular place to live.

It’s great for families and younger couples who are looking for the benefits of close by city living, but without sacrificing all the benefits and beauty of nature.


Totterdown is one of Bristol’s more affordable areas to buy a home making it a good choice for first time buyers. It is characterised by the narrow streets which weave their way through this urban area. Totterdown was originally centred on the railway industry and today it is still one of the closest places to the train station which is great news for commuters.

Totterdown is also one of Bristol’s most creative communities and regeneration is happening here on a large scale. There is a developing Creative Quarter growing around the nearby Paintworks, a converted riverside industrial estate and the regeneration of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone all serving to improve this area.

So, now you know a little more about some of the best places to live in Bristol, why not take a look at the new build homes on sale here now? 

Publish date: 17/10/2018

Publisher: New Home Finder