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A City Overview:
Bristol is today a cosmopolitan city whose economic foundations are built upon organisations with world-class credentials in silicon design, the creative and media sectors, financial and business services, aerospace engineering, and environmental technology.
Bristol is the biggest city in the South of England outside London with a population of over 500,000 people - including 50,000 students attending its two outstanding universities.
Bristol is a vibrant commercial centre, recently cited as the UK's most productive city outside London and is ranked second Large European city for Foreign Direct Investment.
Bristol is superbly connected to all the major economic centres in mainland Europe and beyond.
Famous Bristolians include Cary Grant, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Banksy.
Urban renaissance – Bristol and in particular its historic docks has been transformed in recent years. The £500m expansion of the city centre, Cabot Circus, opened in September 2008, with over 100 new shops including a Harvey Nichols store and a brand new restaurant quarter. Bristol has fabulous hotels (Bristol Marriot Royal, Hotel du Vin, Mercure Holland House, etc) and new restaurants (Raymond Blanc, Carluccios, etc), great museums and galleries (many free) and a strong green ethos with fresh and slow food markets proliferating throughout the city.
Music City - Bristol is the most chilled-out place for music in the UK (2008 HMV sales survey, for Uncut magazine). It has a fabulous nightlife with a range of music from trip hop to hard house, classical to jazz. Big name artists include Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead.
Green City – Bristol has recently been chosen as the only city in the UK to be short-listed for the European Green Capital Award. The city has been pre-selected alongside seven other European top environmental cities out of 35 initial applications. Bristol has more green spaces (parks, gardens etc) than any other comparable city in Britain. Recently appointed by the UK government as Britain’s first ‘cycling city’, Bristol is also home to Sustrans, the national cycling charity and the Soil Association, Britain’s leading promoter of sustainable organic farming. Other green credentials include the pioneering conservation work of Bristol Zoo Gardens, as the location of the BBC Wildlife film unit since 1957 and its Fairtrade City status awarded in 2008.
South West Gateway – Bristol is a highly popular choice for both leisure and business visits. With excellent road and rail connections, Bristol provides a gateway to the South West with easy access to both coast and countryside. Places of interest include Bath, the Cotswolds, South Wales and nearby attractions such as Berkeley Castle, Glastonbury Abbey, Westonbirt Arboretum, WWT Slimbridge, Cheddar Caves & Gorge and Stonehenge.
‘Top 10 City in the World’ - Bristol has been selected as one of the world’s ‘Top 10 Cities for 2009’ by DK Eyewitness, the world’s best-selling guidebook publisher. As the only UK city to be named within the list, Bristol will now feature in the DK Top 10 guidebook series. The other nine selected cities are: Buenos Aires, Gdansk, Washington DC, Vienna, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Fes, Seattle (USA) and Vilnius.
Must-See Sights & Insiders Tips
Fresh & Slow Food Markets
Fresh organic food and drink including local cider, cheeses, bread, cakes, meats and scrumptious Pieminister Pies can be purchased from the many farmers’ markets, including Corn Street/St Nicholas Market every Wednesday and the Tobacco Factory on Sundays.
Events & Festivals
There are major events throughout the year including the Bristol Vegan Fair in May (Europe’s largest); Bristol Festival of Nature (June); St Paul’s Carnival (July); Bristol Wine & Food Fair (July); Soil Association Organic Festival (September) and the Encounters International Short Film Festival (November).
Throughout the summer world class events takes place most weekends drawing in visitors from around the globe. Some major events include: Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, International Festival of Kites and Air Creations, along with many others.
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