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From bustling cities to quiet and scenic country life, there’s something for everyone here.

Few regions offer such a diverse choice of places to live, and we benefit from culture and coastlines on our doorstep.

Why choose Bristol & Bath?

  • House icon Best Place to Live (Sunday Times 2017)
  • Museum icon UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • People icon Bath voted the most family friendly city
  • House icon Average home 60% cheaper than London
  • Success icon 4 world class universities
  • Money icon Above average rates of employment
Harbourside fireworks Image credit: Bristol Design
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Best place to live (Sunday Times 2017)

We’re an inclusive region that celebrates and embraces diversity. From the Bristol and Bath Prides to the annual St Paul’s Carnival, our region promotes acceptance of all backgrounds and cultures.

The West of England Centre for Inclusive Living (WECIL) promotes independent living and working for anybody who identifies as disabled. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive society.

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. In 2015 Bristol was named the European Green Capital and Europe's most environmentally friendly city in 2017. With over 450 parks and green spaces it has proportionately more than any other UK city.

Located 1.5 hours west of London, house prices are significantly lower than the capital and the region benefits from a much better quality of life.

Paddleboarders in Bath Image credit: Unexpected Bath
Arcadia Spider Image credit: Ben Daure
Concorde at Aerospace Bristol Image credit: Aerospace Bristol

An amazing quality of life

There’s plenty to do in Bristol & Bath. Home to Banksy and Upfest – Europe's largest street art festival – you can immerse yourself in our cities’ art history. If you prefer to dine out, we’re also home to several Michelin-starred restaurants. Bristol is even the ninth-best city in the world for vegetarians (Nestpick)!

Bath is the UK’s most family-friendly city (MoneySupermarket), but don’t forget to explore outside of the cities, too. With country and beach in close proximity, it’s the perfect area to venture further afield in with your family.

From sport to live music, our region has something for everyone. There’s all-year-round surfing at The Wave as well as a world-class sports team to watch live.

If you prefer cycling, Bristol is the UK’s first ‘cycle city’ and you can easily explore its landmarks on two wheels. We also host a selection of festivals, including the International Balloon Fiesta and Harbour Festival.

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With over 91 languages spoken here, our region is a hub of diverse and international activity. We have a world-leading talent pool, with over 43,000 businesses and 10,000 graduates per year. From established to emerging sectors, we feature the best of aerospace and advanced engineering to Fintech, creative and digital.

It's no wonder why more than 80 people a week relocate from London to Bristol & Bath (Office of National Statistics).

Cyclist in an urban area

Getting around the region is fun and simple, and commuting is quick and easy by car, bus, rail, or bike. The two cities are connected by an 11-minute train journey, and are linked by the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, a 13-mile off-road path.

When you are not working, explore the many cycle paths and parks the region boasts.

Kathryn Davis, Director of Tourism, Visit West

The Bristol and Bath region offer an incredible range of leisure and cultural activities that make the area such a great place to live, which in turn makes a great place to visit.

Kathryn Davis, Director of Tourism, Visit West