We are delighted to hear that Bristol has been named the best place to live in Britain 2017 by The Sunday Times newspaper. With this great, new accolade, Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham now hopes that more visitors will come to the city, and that more will also consider retirement in Bristol too. 

“Cool,  classy and supremely creative”. That’s us!

The Sunday Times decision was based on school performances, crime rates and low house prices. Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies, said: “The city is a worthy winner thanks to its ideal combination of extraordinary culture, impressive schools, buzzing culinary scene, exciting redevelopment and community spirit. She said ,”We sum the city up as cool, classy and supremely creative”. 

With five houses in different corners of the city, an Abbeyfield retirement in Bristol truly enables you to enjoy everything it has to offer. From theatres, to independent cinema, lunch clubs to Michelin starred restaurants, and local church groups to the city Cathedral. What’s more, there are annual festivals covering all interests and hobbies:  from kites to food, music and fun fairs on the Downs.  

Perhaps the best-known festivals are the 4-day Harbour Festival, and late-summer Balloon Fiesta, which draw visitors from all over the world. The spectacle of hot air balloons rising over Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge just as the sun is going down, is something that truly stays with you.

Said chief executive, Frances Stretton, “I just couldn’t imagine living anywhere else than Bristol, and it’s amazing to hear people often say the same. There are so many interesting things to do in the city, it isn’t difficult to enjoy at least some of its attributes”. She continues, “Most of our residents are happy to take the bus, walk to the local shops, or join local groups. And often there are families close by, who will take them out and about. In addition, all the houses have a calendar of events in place and we ensure residents are able to enjoy days out in and around Bristol; for example, fish and chips in Weston Super Mare, garden centre visits, or perhaps a walk through Weston Arboretum in Autumn. Glorious!”

Read more about The Sunday Times’ award here, and if you want to talk to us about retirement in Bristol, call us on 0117 973 6997.