A costumed dancer at the St Paul's Carnival in Bristol

11 fascinating Bristol facts

Facts about Bristol - one of the best cities to live, work and study in Britain.

  1. The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide chose Bristol as the best city to live in Britain in 2017. We have also been named as one of the The 10 happiest cities to work in the UK by The Guardian.
  2. The Campaign for Better Transport’s Car Dependency Scorecard ranked Bristol as the second best city for walking and cycling as an alternative to using cars. The investment continues as a £9.4 million Cycle Ambition Fund finances work to improve the area's cycle routes.
  3. The elusive Banksy helped put Bristol on the map for street art and the city has gone on to wholeheartedly embrace the art form. The city now hosts the biggest street art festival in Europe, Upfest.
  4. Bristol is the global capital of natural history programme making. Over 25% of the world's natural history films are made in Bristol, with the majority of these at the BBC's Natural History Unit.
  5. Bristol has always been a city with a conscience, for example we are world leaders in alternative energy innovation. It is no surprise that Bristol was the first UK city to be awarded the status of European Green Capital for 2015.
  6. Bristol is making waves as a travel destination in 2017. Accolades include top spot in the The best European city breaks for 2017 and a very creditable fourth place in the Rough Guide top 10 cities (in the world); the only UK city on the list.
  7. Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Creature Comforts were all made in Bristol, home of the Oscar award-winning Aardman. Creature Comforts was inspired by Nick Park's visits to Bristol Zoo Gardens and features the voices of local Bristolians.
  8. Eating out on a budget is an important part of many students' lives. We're proud that the we can boast one of The Guardian's Britain’s 10 best budget eats; congratulations to Edna's Kitchen.
  9. Building on the heritage of trip-hop and drum and bass, pioneered by Massive Attack and Roni Size, Bristol continues to be a centre of musical innovation. We also have our own music festivals, including Bristol Harbour Festival and Love Saves the Day.
  10. The nightlife in Bristol has always been exceptional and now we have the proof. Motion has been named as one of only two UK venues to reach the top 20 clubs in the world according to DJ Mag.
  11. Bristol is famed for its engineering innovation (ss Great Britain, Concorde, etc) and its creativity (Banksy, Aardman, etc) but did you know that it is also the birthplace of sweet-tooth favourites Ribena and the chocolate bar?

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