Bristol named the UK’s best place to live in 2017

Bristol named the UK’s best place to live in 2017

Posted on: 20 Mar 2017

Bristol beats off stiff competition to top The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, as announced yesterday, the most prestigious in a series of recent accolades for the city.


Bristol has been voted the best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times, who have confirmed something that had long been suspected by anyone who has spent any length of time in the city.


Described as “cool, classy and supremely creative,” Bristol was also praised by the paper for being, “a small city that feels like a big city, handily placed for seaside and scenery, but hardly cut off from the rest of the country.”


On top of this, “there are jobs – lots of them glamorous, creative, hi-tech and professional – the food and drink are great, and it crams in all the culture you could wish for”.


Helen Davies, home editor of The Sunday Times, said: “Bristol faced stiff competition from many wonderful places to live across Britain.”

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“But the city is a worthy winner thanks to its ideal combination of extraordinary culture, impressive schools, buzzing culinary scene, exciting redevelopment and community spirit.”


The annual guide combines raw data, like crime rates, housing prices and school performance, with personal experiences of the judges based on more miscellaneous criteria combining to give the overall standings.


Speaking to the BBC, Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said he was “chuffed” with the city’s recognition.


“Pinpointing what makes Bristol special isn’t easy,” he said. “It's a combination of many things from the people to the place itself, but at the heart of it is our cultural diversity and independent spirit."

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Sam Mason-Jones

An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at