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Places to Live

Home to 'The Best Place to Live' and 'Coolest City on the Planet'

Few places in the UK can boast as eclectic a mix of places to call home as the South West. From rural retreats to coastal cottages, Georgian townhouses to modern city centre apartments, there really is something for every taste and budget.

And the best news is that even if you do opt for city living, all of the South West’s biggest urban areas are just a short drive from some of the country’s most glorious countryside and coastline, so you can still have the best of both worlds!

We’ve got an exciting selection of cities waiting for you; from buzzing Bristol to the glamorous compact spa cities of Cheltenham and Bath. Our cultural scenes are first rate, with an ever-changing roster of exhibitions, sports fixtures, gigs and unique events – Bristol’s neighbourhood art trails are a good place to get a feel for the quirkier side of the city!

Want to escape the city? Forget about work and instead spend your weekends surfing in North Devon, mountain biking or rock climbing in the magnificent Cheddar Gorge!

If you’re in search of a country pile, you can choose from the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Cotswolds, which not only boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the South West, but also some of the most historic houses and plentiful outdoor activities for you to explore.

If you’d prefer a view of the sea over a view of hilly landscapes, you have the choice of North Somerset, Devon and Dorset coasts to choose from – all within commutable distance of the South West’s cities and tech centres.

Head to Cardiff for the Six Nations in Spring, or to Bristol for its Harbour Festival and International Balloon Fiesta in summer – or if you’re feeling adventurous you can seek out some of the more unusual local events, from cheese rolling in Gloucestershire and wassails in orchards, to partying with the biggest artists in the world at Glastonbury…

Oh and it would be remiss of us to miss out on the jewel in the South West’s crown: the food & drink. With a strong emphasis on local provenance and quality, you don’t have to go far to find a cheesemaker, brewery, gin distiller or bakery turning out some top notch fare. It’s not just local producers either – we’ve got oodles of street food events, beer & cider festivals (just watch out for the stronger scrumpies) and Michelin-starred restaurants waiting for you!

Bristol continues to be voted Best Place to Live in the UK by The Times and was also voted one of the Happiest Cities to Work by The Guardian, which said Bristol “…has the buzz and culture of a big city while keeping the community feel of a friendly, close-knit town.”

Bath, Exeter and Cardiff also making it onto a multitude of ‘Best of’ lists. From schools to community events, South West really is best…