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City Overview

Bristol is the largest centre of culture, employment, education and population in the South West region of England. The city centre has seen dramatic changes to its retail environment over the past seven years with the opening of Cabot’s Circus providing 1 million sq ft of new retail and leisure facilities to the city centre which was much needed.  The centre is anchored by House of Fraser with New Look, Next, Superdry, Zara and Topshop all represented while Swedish stores COS and Monki also entered in 2016.  Quakers Friars also forms part of the scheme but is situated opposite and consists of niche and lifestyle occupiers including Oliver Bonas, Hobbs, Kurt Geiger, Apple and is anchored by Harvey Nichols department store. Bristol’s historic retail element is situated along Broadmead and Horsefair which both link into the main entrances of Cabot’s Circus.  This retail element is dated and although Marks & Spencer, Debenhams and Primark are all located here the city’s principal shopping destination is now located in the vibrant Cabot’s Circus scheme which is particularly popular with the younger catchment. Callowhill Court, The Horsefair, Broadmead – Bristol Alliance have outline consent for a comprehensive re-development to provide a mixed-use scheme comprising up to 102,480 sq m of mixed use retail, commercial, leisure and hospitality floorspace as well as up to 150 residential units. It should also be noted that Cribbs Causeway is a major regional shopping centre for the region and located to the North of Bristol City Centre close to junction 17 of the M5. Cribbs benefits from free car parking and consists of 1 million sq ft of retail and leisure and is anchored by John Lewis and Marks and Spencer. It opened in 2008 and offers all the major fashion brands such as Top Shop, H&M, Superdry, New Look and River Island. Cribbs provides competition to the City Centre due to it being so easy to access and attracts the more affluent middle aged customer due to its location. Cribbs has recently attracted a number of new entrants including Seasalt and Nespresso’s first store outside of London.

Things to do



Clifton for its restaurants and bars and Harvey Nichols for shopping.


Bristol Cathedral on College Green, Wapping Wharf and SS Great Britain museum ship, down on the docks.

And be seen


Browns restaurant in Clifton, extremely popular brand. Pasture is new and popular steak restaurant in Redcliffe.


The Florist and Hyde & Co, both are trendy hangouts for the professionals.

Be Merry

Kings Street in the City Centre. and Gloucester Road for numerous bars and live music venues.

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