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Clifton Area Guide

Clifton Area Guide


Posted on Monday, April 19, 2021

Living in Clifton: Is Clifton a nice place to live?

Located on the western edge of Bristol, Clifton is one of the best places to live in the Bristol. Living in Clifton offers the best of both worlds, with easy access to the city of Bristol yet all the benefits of countryside living. Clifton is a beautiful place to live, characterised by its majestic Georgian buildings, picturesque streets and independent shops, boutiques and cafés. The area also scores highly in Bristol’s Quality of Life Survey, with over 90% of locals reporting they feel satisfied with the local area. To find out more on what living in Clifton has to offer, look at our guide below.

Clifton Heritage

The suburb of Clifton dates to as far back as the Domesday book when it was recorded as ‘Clistone’. The area is one of the oldest and most affluent neighbourhoods in Bristol and went through a great phase of building in the Georgian era. Today the town retains its Georgian heritage, with glorious town houses, sweeping crescents and garden squares, mostly constructed using local sandstone.

Clifton Properties

Clifton is characterised by its picturesque streets lined with 18th and 19th century townhouses. Part of what makes the area such a nice place to live is the surrounding Georgian architecture and countryside. Clifton has always been an affluent suburb and property prices are slightly higher than the Bristol average. However, these vary extremely, with flats representing the most affordable option and Georgian properties fetching the highest prices. Also, though the area is known for its period buildings, some more modern developments can be found which offer good value.

Clifton Transport

Another aspect of living in Clifton is the great transport connections. The A4 curves its way round the village, providing easy access to the M5, while the M4 can be reached in about 15 minutes. The neighbourhood also boasts its own railway station, connecting to mainline services at Bristol Temple Meads in just thirteen minutes. Being a suburb of a city, Clifton also benefits from good bus transport, as well as numerous footpaths and cycleways, providing a range of travel options.

Clifton Schools

One of the reasons living in Clifton is so popular with families is the great schools. Clifton offers great state and private school provision with a number of options at both primary and secondary level. St John’s Church of England Primary School is often oversubscribed and achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating on its last inspection. The prestigious Clifton College is also very popular with parents opting for an independent education, with provision from nursery level through to sixth form.

Clifton Crime Rates

Safety is another important factor in deciding whether living in Clifton is right for you. Fortunately, Clifton is a very safe area. Clifton is generally regarded as one of the safest places to live in Bristol, with lower crime levels than most neighbourhoods. There is very little crime with residents reporting that they feel perfectly comfortable walking through Clifton alone at night. Clifton’s crime rate per 1,000 people is lower than that of the Bristol average. Clifton is regularly cited as one of Bristol’s safest areas to live, by both police and locals.

Clifton Employment

Bristol is generally regarded as one of the best UK cities to find employment, with higher employment rates than any other regional city. According to the latest figures, the employment rate of Bristol is 77.6%, higher than Cardiff (75.6%) and Sheffield (74.6%). Unemployment levels are also below the UK average. Clifton offers easy access to all the great jobs the city of Bristol has to offer. Popular Bristol employers in the area include Airbus, Hargreaves Lansdown and Rolls-Royce, all of which are easily accessible from Clifton.

Clifton Green Spaces

One of the big draws to living in Clifton is the amount of green space. Clifton is home to one of the city’s most popular landscapes – Clifton Downs. Being on the western edge of Bristol, Clifton also benefits from easy access to countryside outside the city. Popular places to roam include the nearby Ashton Court Estate which features a deer park, and Leigh Woods – a large area of woodland owned by the National Trust. This makes Clifton a great place to live if you have a dog or just enjoy the peace and serenity of green space.

Shopping in Clifton

Clifton provides one of the best shopping experiences in the city. The area is popular with locals and tourists alike who enjoy its eclectic mix of shops and cafes with picturesque passageways and beautiful buildings. The area has a great selection of independent businesses including clothing, jewellery and antique shops. The main shopping area spans The Mall, Princess Victoria Street and Boyces Avenue. However, the glory in Clifton’s Crown is the Clifton Arcade - a stunning Victorian arcade which features a wide selection of boutiques and galleries. Household provisions are provided by supermarkets Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer.

Clifton Leisure

Living in Clifton provides you with a range of leisure options. The greatest landmark of the area is the Clifton Suspension Bridge (best viewed from the Clifton Observatory). However, the area offers far more than just that. Clifton is popular with culture lovers thanks to its many museums, including the M Shed Museum. It also offers great proximity to the Redgrave Theatre and Victoria Rooms (an auditorium and recording space). The area also benefits from being the location of the Bristol Zoo Gardens. In addition, Clifton enjoys great evening entertainment options, with many cocktail bars, pubs, an Everyman cinema and a diverse eating scene. 

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If you are thinking about moving to Clifton or have a Clifton property to sell, get in contact with Hydes of Bristol. We are located in the heart of Clifton, with an exceptional market and area knowledge that really sets us apart. Give us a call today or browse our popular pages below.


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