City Guide


City Overview

About the City

Bristol is the largest city in the south west of England, straddling the River Frome and River Avon. The city is diverse, prosperous, vibrant, and an attractive city for businesses and workers.

Economy and Employment

Historically, Bristol is a major seaport, integral to the importation of goods into the UK. Bristol stands as the largest importer of car vehicles into the UK as well as other key imports including grain, timber and fresh produce. A large contributor to Bristol’s economy is the aerospace sector. Defence, media and financial service industries are also significant contributors to Bristol’s economy.


When it comes to public transport in the city you can choose from the bus, train, or boat. There are plenty of quick and convenient bus services connecting key city locations, including Bristol’s free bus. Alternatively, try the faster and more regular Metrobus service. Train services run locally, regionally and inter-city from Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway Railway stations. Regular ferries provide services to waterfront attractions and key points along the harbourside. Bristol Airport is 8 miles south of the city centre.


In the heart of Bristol, you will find the University of Bristol, a prestigious Russell Group university. The city is also home to the University of West England which plays a very active role in the region in providing graduates for recruitment.


Bristol is often referred to as the shopping capital of the South West. In Bristol every shopping experience is different, so you can pick one which suits you. If you have time, stroll around Clifton Village popping into some of their high-end boutiques or discover the retro and vintage garments down Stokes Croft and Glouster Road. If that isn’t your style then head over to Bristol Shopping Quarter where all your favourite high street brands are in one place.

Leisure and Recreation

Bristol has numerous ways in which you can spend your free time. Whether you are looking for action-packed family fun days or something more chilled and romantic, Bristol provides it all. You can take a scenic walk along Brunel’s suspension bridge, or even cycle over the illuminated bridge after sunset. You could spend your afternoon enjoying the animated city’s most famous street art from Banksy or take advantage of the waterfront and enjoy a scenic boat ride. Evenings can be spent catching a theatre show, trying out some of the cities fantastic eateries or dancing away at the cities almost nightly concerts.


Bristol can offer accommodation for every taste, style and budget, so you will find a hotel which is perfect for you. They’ve got lavish, budget, authentic, and eco-friendly hotels, not to mention if you’re looking for something different to a standard hotel then Bristol offers a selection of apartments, self-catering hideaways and campsites.

City Key Facts & Figures





GVA (Billions)

£ 14,197


Working Population



Employment Rate


Top 5 Business Sectors in Bristol


Business Count by Size (%)


Key Employers

Employment by Occupation (%)


Local Transport

  • Main Roads: A38, A4044, A420, A4032
  • Bristol Parkway Station
  • Bristol Temple Meads Station
  • Bedminster Station
  • Parson Street Station
  • Montpelier Station
  • Bristol Airport


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