Bristol’s Harbourside has been redeveloped in recent years and is now filled with restaurants, bars, shops, museums and galleries. It is home to the popular At-Bristol Science Centre – one the of the UK’s greenest buildings – whose attractions include a planetarium, a walk-though virtual tornado and Wallace and Gromit film set.
Shopping options in the city range from the spectacular Cabot Circus centre – containing all the major high street names – to quirky independent shops in areas such as Park Street and Gloucester Road.
Bristol is home to numerous concert halls and theatres including the Colston Hall, St George’s, Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic and the Tobacco Factory, and has a thriving live music scene.
There are music, photography, film and food festivals throughout the year, as well as Bristol’s world-famous International Balloon Fiesta every August.
Bristol is also well-connected by road, rail, sea and air. London is a 90-minute train ride away and you can drive to the surf beaches of South Wales in about an hour.
Joe Cook, Primary School Teacher in Bristol: “Being a teacher in Bristol is a really nice way to start your career. I don’t see myself ever leaving Bristol…or teaching. I’m very settled, very happy.”