Property available in Bristol
Whether you are looking for a modern apartment overlooking the harbour, a period town house within striking distance of Clifton Village or The Downs, a period country cottage, former rectory or a magnificent country estate, Knight Frank can find the property that is right for you.
Bristol has a rich maritime heritage; by the 14th century the city was trading with countries such as Spain, Portugal and Iceland, with ships also leaving Bristol to found new colonies in the New World. John Cabot set sail in 1497 from Bristol, in his ship The Matthew, hoping to find a passage to Eastern Indonesia. By the mid-18th century, Bristol became England's second biggest city, as ships docked in this West Country port to unload their cargoes of sugar cane, tobacco, rum and cocoa, all products of the slave trade, together with many other goods. Towards the end of that century Clifton Village grew, as merchants relocated and built houses further away from the docks.
By the 19th century, the port was beginning to decline, however the arrival of a new chief engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, helped to attract investment. Brunel did more than anyone to shape the face of modern Bristol. His legacy includes the Clifton Suspension Bridge, the SS Great Britain and Temple Meads Old Railway Station.
Much of Bristol’s original architecture remains today, including the area around King Street, Queen Square, Christmas Steps and St Michael's Hill, as well as Clifton Village. Many beautiful houses in these areas were built from the proceeds of Spanish shipping, plundered off the coast of the Americas, mostly funded by Bristol merchants. The aerospace industry has thrived in the city since the Bristol Aeroplane Company was created at Filton in 1910. In the mid-1960s, Concorde was built and tested here, and it is also the home of Rolls Royce.
Getting to Bristol
- The M4 and M5 meet at Bristol
Bristol is served by two mainline stations, Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads. The operator is First Great Western
- Bristol Parkway to London Paddington: Frequent trains taking c. 1 hour 22 minutes
- Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington: Frequent trains taking c. 1 hour 40 minutes
- Bristol Airport, 0870 1212747
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