Whilst in the UK, I was lucky enough to drop into our Bristol office to meet the team and take a good look at this beautiful city. If you are looking for a UK experience that is a little outside the norm then Bristol is absolutely for you. Bristol has all the perks of London but without the urban sprawl. It is undoubtedly a very pretty city, with its’ cobbled streets and period buildings, you also have the added bonus of having excellent transport links to London and other UK cities. In just 20 minutes you can be outside of the city and into the beautiful English countryside or at the Bristol airport ready to see your next European city!
In my opinion, one of the best things about Bristol is the food scene. Bristol has the most Michelin star restaurants outside of London. If fine dining doesn’t quite fit your budget, then you will fall in love with the café culture which is quite reminiscent of Melbourne. As you wonder through the little lanes, you find quirky little places to relax. If going out drinking is more your thing, the award-winning Beer Emporium with its’ retro Pac Man gaming station must be on your list. The Watershed area is an awesome place for restaurants and bars, as is Cargo where shipping containers have been turned into restaurants and shops making it a fun place to drink.
With the infamous Banksy originating from Bristol, it is needless to say that Bristol also has a thriving Bohemian Art scene. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Royal Gallery of Art are just a couple of cultural stops. However, when summertime comes, festivals in Bristol are the place to be. St Paul’s Festival is the biggest street festival outside of Notting Hill Carnival and the Harvest Festival with its artisans and crafts is beyond thriving. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August is also epic. Rebecca in our Bristol office has described watching a Hot Air Balloon in the shape of Darth Vader’s head floating over the Clifton Suspension Bridge as quite a surreal sight to behold.
Bristol is full of history, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel – “one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history” having built the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and John Cabot having sailed from Bristol to fin Newfoundland in North America. You will be in awe of the historic sights to see such as Corn street where you can see Grade 1 listed building The Exchange and visit St Nicholas Market to soak up the historic feel. Castles and Cathedrals are a plenty. If shopping is your thing then you will find everything you need and more at Cabot Circus.
Living and working in Bristol is a dream. Our Bristol consultants would suggest that Clifton is a great place to live. It has an amazing shopping arcade and is within walking distance of the city centre. It is also a very safe area with affordable shared housing.
Our Bristol office works with a variety of schools throughout the city and have a plethora of work available. Anzuk can help and support you all the way from Australia and New Zealand to Bristol and our lovely team in the Bristol office will not only welcome you, but also fully look after you when you get there. Get in touch to start your adventure!
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