Living here

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South Gloucestershire offers the best of both worlds, with the benefits of city and rural living and leisure activities close by.

With Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty all right on our doorstep, there’s plenty on offer outside of work, whatever you and your family are interested in doing and seeing.

​Take a look at the local housing market for South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas using Zoopla.

Who are our neighbours?


South Gloucestershire borders the city of Bristol, a diverse city that cleverly mixes the old with the new. A day in Bristol can be spent shopping in Cabot Circus, enjoying a visit to one of the city’s many free museums or Bristol Zoo, lunch on the waterfront next to the SS Great Britain and an afternoon spent in the old town, not forgetting the bustling nightlife.


A trip to the West of England isn’t complete without visiting the World Heritage City of Bath. Explore the Jane Austen Centre, discover the Roman Baths and take a walk along Georgian streets that you may recognise from the silver screen. Bath has great shops and restaurants, as well as the Thermae Bath Spa – the perfect way to end a busy day.

The Cotswolds

If idyllic countryside and quaint English villages are more your thing, then the South Cotswolds and Vale of Severn are definitely worth a visit. The ‘chocolate box’ towns of Nailsworth and Tetbury offer a selection of unusual shops, restaurants and cafes as well as cycle ways and rural footpaths.

North Somerset

A short drive down the M5, North Somerset and Somerset have a great variety of attractions to appeal to visitors including Wells – the smallest city in England, Cheddar Gorge for climbing and caving, Glastonbury Tor, coastal towns like Minehead, and Exmoor National Park.

Living in and visiting South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire has much to offer the inquisitive visitor and active residents, with a range of attractions and places to visit.

You can visit our market towns and historic buildings, take a ride on a steam train or shop in our fantastic Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Don’t forget to take a journey through our engineering history by visiting Concorde at Filton and discover our beautiful countryside for long walks, picnics and bike rides including the Bristol to Bath cycle track.

If you have children, or you’re planning to, childcare facilities in South Gloucestershire are excellent. Naturally, wherever you’re based, with cities such as Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Cardiff on your doorstep, you’ll never be far from the kind of facilities you need for all the family. Major new developments at Cribbs Causeway and Longwell Green (both areas within South Gloucestershire) offer mini ‘villages’, with cinema complexes, fitness centres, restaurants and bars. Cribbs Causeway is the one of the biggest shopping centres in the South West.

The area in facts and figures:

  • We are the fastest growing area in the South West
  • About 50% of the housing has been built since 1964, with most housing privately owned
  • Over 57% of the area remains rural, with certain parts of the countryside designated of international importance
  • For the most common types of crime, the rate in South Gloucestershire remains below both the national and regional average

Thornbury Castle

​Thornbury Castle hotel is a beautiful 16th century building, which was once owned by Henry VIII and stands in 15 acres of regal splendour, surrounded by its vineyards and Tudor garden. It is renowned for being one of the finest country house hotels in England.

Acton Court

​A beautifully conserved Tudor courtier’s mansion. Open on a number of days throughout summer, professional guides give tours of the house and grounds.

Market towns

Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and Marshfield are historic market towns in South Gloucestershire that have tea rooms, quirky shops, farmers markets and bags of character.

Bristol Aerospace Centre

The Bristol Aero Collection is a museum dedicated to the preservation and display of artefacts of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Concorde is the show-stopping centre-piece of this museum, after its last spectacular flight home in 2003.

Wild Place

The Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides adventure, play and learning, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe.

Visitors to The Wild Place Project can see animals from Madagascar, East Africa the Congo and Europe and find out how The project is helping to conserve them in the wild.

Avon Valley Railway

The Avon Valley Railway has steam trains and scenic boat tours operating throughout the summer. They also run events such as a ‘Day out with Thomas’ for children and ‘The Real Ale’ festival and murder mystery evenings for grown-ups.

The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

The Mall, situated off junction 17 of the M5 has 135 top name stores, restaurants and cafes with 7000 free parking spaces.

Winterbourne Barn

Built in 1342, just a few years before the great plagues swept across England, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360.

Willsbridge Mill

Set in a peaceful valley, Willsbridge Mill is an impressively restored 19th Century Corn Mill and Long Barn, located within a stunning 22 acre nature reserve.