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Spotlight on Clifton, Bristol


 Our offices are based in the heart of Clifton, above the Clifton Village Arcade so this lovely place holds a special place in our hearts.



Many will not know that Clifton is, in fact, one of the oldest villages in the area, older even than Bristol as we know it today.


The first evidence of habitation goes back to the Iron Age, the remains of a fort are up on the Observatory overlooking the Avon Gorge and world famous, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and we also know that that Romans built a road from Clifton to modern day Sea Mills.


Like many areas it has had its up and downs but since the middle of the eighteenth century when Bristol was thriving as a port, many merchants moved up from the docks and city centre in search of cleaner air.


From then, Clifton became established as one of the most desirable places to live in Bristol and remains so to this day.


Modern day Clifton and its postcode BS8 now sits across two boundaries of Clifton (which includes Clifton Village, Hotwells and Cliftonwood) and Clifton Down with Whiteladies Road slicing through the middle. 


Clifton Village is well-known and loved as a focal point for residents and full to the brim of independent shops, coffee and tea houses and pubs  and restaurants, a lovely mix of big brands combined with thriving independents and favourites such as the Reg the Veg, the Albion pub and Primrose Café, that have been there for generations.


Equally the busy Whiteladies Gate area is steeped in history as the original entry point to the city from the north. The bustling high street has their own array of shops and eateries to choose from, including monthly farmers markets.


Local primary schools, ChristChurch C of E and St. Johns C of E both have good Ofsted ratings providing a great starting point for families with young children.


Transport links are good, most of it easy enough on foot, with easy access to one of Bristol’s largest open spaces, The Downs and in the other direction, just one mile down hill into the city centre.


Residents parking was introduced a number of years back in an attempt to help with the issues around parking. The debate still exists as to whether this is successful or not! Local transport links are good with a couple of bus routes and trains to Avonmouth and Bristol Temple Meads via Clifton Down Train station.


So if you’re new to Bristol, consider Clifton – if it isn’t already it should definitely feature high on your list of lovely places to live. 

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