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Where should I buy in Bristol?

Quirky, colourful and unconventional: it’s no wonder that Bristol is a popular place to get onto the propery ladder. And with countless theatres, art galleries and Michelin-starred restaurants to sink your teeth into, this friendly and versatile city is only going to get better. 

If you’d like to buy a home in Bristol, one of the biggest challenges can be finding the right place to live. Should you choose an open plan apartment in the city centre or a brightly coloured townhouse by the river? To help you get started, we’ve listed our top 3 places to buy in Bristol below.


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It’s a real people pleaser, thanks to its thriving bar and restaurant district, excellent transport links, and popular primary schools. Plus, there's shops and supermarkets just a stone throw's away. So if you want to live in a friendly community without straying too far from the city, this could be the place for you.


Bishopston is just a 15 minute drive north from Bristol, or catch a train to get you into the centre in x. This makes Bishopston a great choice if you need to travel into the city centre for work or you’d like to explore other suburbs.

Local schools

Bishopston’s local primary schools are rated ‘outstanding’ and ‘good’, including Bishop Road Primary School, St Bonaventure's Catholic Primary School and Shield Road Primary School. There are also well-rated secondary schools, including Bishopston Comprehensive, Olchfa School and Gowerton Comprehensive School, making Bishopston particularly ideal if you’re seeking a family-friendly location. 

Property price growth

Over the last year, property prices in Bishopston are 1% up on the previous year.


Bishopston itself is a fairly new creation; the area has a much longer history connected to the earlier established parish of Horfield. Horfield was almost certainly a settlement in Saxon times, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086! In 1140 Lord Berkeley, whose estates included the Manor of Horfield, founded St. Augustine’s Abbey and gave the Manor to the Abbey in whose possession it remained for the next 400 years.

During the Reformation, instead of confiscating the monastic holdings, Henry V111 gave the manor instead to the newly formed Bishopric of Bristol. Many years later the estate was broken up, and by the mid 19th century Horfield was a country village on the highway from Bristol to Gloucester, two miles north of the old city boundary.

The first recorded use of the name 'Bishopston' didn't appear until 1862, but by the end of the century much of Bishopston had been developed.

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Data sourced from Zoopla's November 2023 House Price Index and Rightmove property prices. Accurate as of 05/12/2023.