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.
Places of interest
- Avon Valley Country Park, Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, 0117 986 4929
- Westonbirt Arboretum, Westonbirt, South Gloucestershire, 01666 880220
Houses and Gardens
- Tyntesfield, 0870 458 4500
- The National Trust, Clevedon Court, Clevedon, 01275 872257
- Oldown Country Park, Old Down House, Tockington, 01454 413605
- The Georgian House, Great George Street, Bristol, 0117 921 1362
Museums, Galleries and Heritage Sites
- The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Bristol, 0117 915 5000
- Ashton Court Manor House, Long Ashton, Bristol, 0117 963 9174
- Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, 0117 926 4879
- Bristol Empire & Commonwealth, Temple Meads, Bristol, 0117 925 4980
- Clifton Observatory & Cave
- St. Vincents Cave, Litfield Place, Clifton, 0117 974 1242
- Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bridge House, Sion Place, Clifton, 0117 974 4664
- Royal West of England Art Academy, 0117 973 5129
- SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, 0117 929 1843
- St Mary Redcliffe Church, Redcliffe Way, Bristol, 0117 929 1487
Zoos, Farms and Wildlife Parks
- Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, 0117 973 8951
- Horse World, Staunton Manor Farm, Staunton Lane, 01275 540173
- Longleat House & Safari Park, Longleat, Warminster, 01985 844400
- Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Puxton Park, Wraxall, 01275 852606
- Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, South Gloucestershire, 01453 891900
- Sedgemoor District Council
- Bristol City Council
0117 922 2000
- North Somerset Council
11 Rawlins Ave
- Mendip District Council
17 Stony Street
- South Gloucestershire Council
Living in Bristol
The City of Bristol is often seen as the gateway to the South West and it has never been more apparent with Great Western’s main rail line being electrified, bringing Paddington Station closer to Bristol. We have already seen a notable increase in buyers moving into the area. Huge infrastructure projects such as this will only help promote Bristol as a destination for London commuters. In addition to the rail link, the city has excellent road links to the east and west of England via the M4 and the north and south of England via the M5. For those wishing to travel further afield, Bristol Airport is 8 miles to the south of Bristol.
You cannot fail to see the abundance of Georgian and Regency architecture in Bristol, particularly around the area of Clifton where our office is based. The city has a vibrant social and cultural scene including the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. St George’s is a world class auditorium and Colston Hall and the Hippodrome provide concerts and shows throughout the year.
Bristol has a maritime history and the harbour is a natural point of historic reference. The SS Great Britain has previously won the ‘Museum of the Year’ award and there is a permanent mooring for The Matthew, replica of the Caravel sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to North America and the M Shed is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the city through objects and stories of people from the city. The harbour is also home to the Bristol Harbour Festival, one of the UK’s largest public festivals.
The city has a large pull for families due to the schooling. It boasts several exceptional schools such as Clifton College, Badminton School for Girls, Bristol Grammar School, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Clifton High School; amongst others. A short distance out of Bristol is The Downs School, a popular preparatory school, whilst further afield there is Wells Cathedral School in Wells, Millfield in Street, Downside in Stratton on the Fosse and Sidcot, near Winscombe.
Beyond the city limits are the rich green pastures of Somerset, famous for the Mendip Hills which have stunning views of Blagdon Lake, Chew Valley Lake and the Somerset Levels. To the north of Bristol the office incorporates the Vale of Berkeley between the River Severn and The Cotswold Edge.