Living in…Clifton

clifton suspension bridge in the fog

We explore Bristol’s highest suburb...

Clifton is perhaps Bristol’s most famous area. Located to the north of the city, it is huge and sprawling, offering lots to all types of buyers and renters alike. The base of Bristol University, you’ll find plenty of students here, but its family-friendly amenities mean it’s a popular place for all to call home.

Housing

Clifton is renowned for its long Georgian terraces and beautiful squares. You’ll find all property types here such as converted flats, modern apartments, Georgian townhouses and Victorian villas, as well as some of the grandest properties in the city. You can quite happily pass the time just walking through the streets of Clifton and gazing at the houses, but you’ll find a good mix of student accommodation too! There are also panoramic views over the city from many points in the area. Clifton has an overall average house price of £522,121.

What is there to do?

Clifton has so much to offer – home to many attractions, there’s something to suit everyone. Bristol Museum is located on the triangle and is home to many weird and wonderful exhibits, or you could take in the sights from the iconic Suspension Bridge. Bristol Zoo Gardens provides the perfect place to visit furry friends, whilst relaxing and unwinding is easily done at the Lido. It’s also the perfect area for those who like to be outdoors – the Downs offers acres of open green space, and there’s plenty of parks and cycling trails to explore.

Food and drink

Clifton is home to some of the best eateries in the city. You’ll find Wellbourne, the Primrose Café and The Ivy in Clifton Village, and Whiteladies Road is full to the brim with independent restaurants and cafes. For those looking for a decent Sunday roast, there’s a huge selection of pubs, and it’s a great place to enjoy a drink. There’s a whole host of wine bars and cocktail bars meaning whatever you’re after, you’re sure to find it easily enough!

Shopping

Clifton Village is home to some of the prettiest boutiques and shops in the city and offers an excellent independent shopping experience. Park Street is home to some of the higher-end shops such as Whistles and Reiss, and there’s no shortage of supermarkets – there’s a huge Sainsbury’s just next door to Clifton Down station and plenty of grocery stores, butcher’s and florist’s dotted about. The city centre is easily reached too, offering a much wider retail experience.

Education

The perfect area for families, there is an excellent selection of schools to choose from, including state and independent schools. QEH is located on the triangle and is one of the city’s oldest boy’s schools, and there is also Clifton High School, Clifton College and Christchurch CofE Primary School. Other prestigious schools can also be found just outside of Clifton, including The Downs School and Badminton School.

Transport

Clifton is perfectly placed for getting around the city. Close to the motorway networks, there are also frequent bus links to the city centre and areas such as Filton, where big employers like Airbus and the MoD are located. There are plenty of cycle lanes and paths for those with bikes, and the Clifton Down station provides rail links to other inner-city stations such as Montpelier and Stapleton Road, as well as access to Temple Meads station for national rail links.

Image credit: Flickr – Harshil Shah

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