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moving to Bristol | family areas part 2

Here goes with the second part of our reader-recommended family areas for those people thinking of moving to Bristol, or moving around. There’s so much variety to this city, so many micro-climates of cool, of culture, of housing stock. Hopefully, these recommendations help you look around.

If you haven’t already, check out part one of the guide here, and also my original post on moving from London to Bristol.


Lizzie says,  “Winterbourne is 20 minutes from the city centre out of rush hour, admittedly it can be rubbish in rush hour sometimes though! Yet it is surrounded by countryside and a lovely village feel. Choice of great primary schools, and the Ridings is still the highest achieving school in the area despite issues that are being resolved.  It’s a 15 minute cycle from Parkway on a safe route and a good route into Bristol. Bus service into Bristol is regular. It has local shops, bank and post office. A swimming pool, library, gymnastics club and indoor skate park. Loads more house (and garden) for your money than most of Bristol, we moved from Hotwells last year and haven’t looked back.”

Sandy Park, Brislington

Bryony, Lydia and Miranda all recommended Sandy Park.

“Very close to the city yet surrounded by woods and other interesting green spaces. Strong local community, lots of baby & toddler groups with small high street and only 10 mins from Temple Meads on the bus. Up and coming, peaceful corner of the city.”

“Great library which is super child friendly and a lovely little (very warm) swimming pool.”

“Big Sainsburys at bottom of road, Tarrs Ice Cream Parlour and Avonmeads 5 mins walk. Arnos Vale too.”

Arnos Vale is a large cemetery and nature reserve, with a wonderful arts centre and an excellent cafe. It’s a lovely place to meet with friends for coffee.

Windmill Hill

Jenny says, “Windmill Hill/Victoria Park – great place to live with small kids, lots of families, lovely local community, beautiful park, 30 mins walk into town (or lots of buses), a choice of good primary schools – plus Victoria Park Primary recently voted best in Bristol. There is so, so much choice of things to do in walking distance for kids! Halloween is a great round here, and there is the Art on the Hill art trail and Window Wanderland, all of which make it clear how friendly and open the people who live here are. Only down side I’ve realised is not great for learning to cycle as so hilly!”

Bedminster Down

Emma says, “It’s really close to Bedminster and the shops on North street but has fantastic views of the city due to its height. From my kitchen window I can see Manor Woods and from the front of my house you can see parts of Dundry. The houses are affordable up here and you get good sized gardens. Zion is a local fantastic venue that hosts lots of different events and serves up lovely food. It’s great for families especially those who commute to work as most houses tend to have off street parking.”


Lorli says, “Stapleton is great for families! We have lovely parks on our doorstep-Eastville, Stoke park and Vassals. It’s an easy 12 min commute to the centre and only mins from the motorway. Our kids go to Begbrook, which is an amazing school, but it’s in the catchment for the Free Steiner too. A short walk to some great new cafes in the Straits parade and loads of buses. Soft plays within easy reach, toddler dance classes and stay and plays. And don’t forget the best children’s centre I have used- Little Hayes with it’s amazing garden!”

South Lockleaze and Purdown

Sian says, “South Lockleaze and Purdown (the bit around Muller Road/Fairfield High School/Old Library area which doesn’t really belong to Horfield or Eastville) – awesome place to live! Reasonable house prices (relative to others nearby!) but within walking distance of Gloucester Road with all it has to offer in terms of shops, cafes and play spaces. Stoke Park and Purdown with its amazing open space and wildlife are on your doorstep. Walking distance to St Werburghs which is great for taking little ones to the City Farm. An extremely proactive community that saved the Old Library as a community space and also came together to save Purdown too. Talking of the Old Library it has some great activities and is only going to get better! In terms of shops and accessibility there are regular buses into the centre but it is also within easy biking distance. Tesco is also down the road and Eastgate/IKEA.”

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  1. Chloe Chloe

    Hello! We are planning to move from London to Bristol and i’m looking at primary schools at the moment. I’d love to hear some honest feedback from parents on their children’s school. My daughter’s current school is ofsted outstanding and indeed very good, but I don’t agree with their methods of teaching (in my view, there is too much homework / pressure, and not enough room for creativity and art or even play)…
    Are you happy with your child(ren)’s school? Would you recommend it? is the school more traditional or more alternative?

    Sorry, lots of questions! Any clue would be amazing! I don’t know where to look! Thank you!! 🙂

    PS: Thank you for all the amazing and useful info on your page!

    • Chloe Chloe

      PS: Sorry, another question! Has anyone got anything feedback / recommendation / view on leaving in Montpellier with children? Thank you! 😀

  2. Ed Ed

    Also consider Downend, Westbury on Trym and Frenchay. All very nice family areas.

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