Where to Live in Bristol

Where do you want to live in Bristol?

There are many areas in Bristol and each one has its merits, history and culture. At Oliver Roth, we believe in finding you the right place to live and that is not just the house you choose.

We think about your surroundings and how they will affect your day-to-day life. Bristol is a city rich in culture, heritage, tradition, food and drink and educational offerings. We like to think we can help guide you find the right spot so that everything slots seamlessly into place not just for you the owner, but your children and even your pets.

In other posts on our blog, we cover different aspects of life in Bristol, including work spaces, architecture and education. In this piece we will briefly share with you our thoughts on each area of Bristol where you might want to live. 


Probably the most well known and sought after areas in Bristol, Clifton is also one of the most expensive due to its beautiful architecure and location on the hills surrounding the River Avon. Clifton is also home to one of the countries leading private schools, Clifton College.

A few minutes walk from the centre and you can be standing at the edge of the Bristol Gorge admiring Brunels Suspension Bridge, the Clifton Observatory or looking down on the city itself. Crammed full of stunning Georgian and Victorian town houses with their unique balconies and quiet garden squares you can find a peaceful corner of Clifton to suit your needs. 

The main streets are filled with independant shops, cafes and bars and restaurants serving local delights. A little known fact is that The University of Bristol has the majority of its campus within the bounds of Clifton. 


If you are looking to live somewhere just a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre then Redland might be for you. Located between Whiteladies Road and Gloucester Road it borders Clifton, Cotham and Bishopston. The area is popular with students from the University of Bristol, the area is full of family houses, villas and flats. 

In terms of transport there is a train taking you directly into Temple Meads from The Redland Railway Station. There are excellent pubs and lots of small independent shops and restaurants for you to enjoy. 


One of the best places in Bristol from which to watch the Balloon Festival, Knowle is one of Bristol’s best-kept secrets. Well, it was until the schools started achieving outstanding Ofsted reports. Perched on the edge of the Downs and not to be confused with Totterdown, it is a stone’s throw from Temple Meads if you need to commute but also surrounded by green parks in which to walk your dog and let your children enjoy the wide open space.

The Wells Road runs through the heart of Knowle, which admittedly can sometimes be a curse when it comes to traffic or a blessing if you need to catch the bus to school which runs frequently in both directions. With five “outstanding” primary schools in the immediate area, it is little wonder prices are rising so fast. 

The aptly named “Knowle” pub is a thriving Inn keeping the local’s thirst at bay while they enjoy spectacular views over the Bath side of Bristol. If you like open space, have young children, maybe a pet or two and are looking for a friendly neighbourhood that looks out for one another then Knowle is the location for you. 

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