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Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Bristol

Published: 19 March 2018

Retirementmove City Guides: Retiring in Bristol

In this latest instalment of our series of Retirementmove City Guides, we’re looking at what it’s like to retire to the city of Bristol and discover what’s on offer for older people in the city.


Where to go

Bristol is awash with boats and bridges, but there’s much more for older people to see and do in the city. There are many iconic attractions to visit in Bristol such as the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery in West End, Brunels SS Great Britain Ocean Liner in Harbourside, Bristol Zoo Gardens in Clifton, Tytesfield Gothic House in Wraxall. Or there’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge or Pero’s Bridge in Harbourside to see or you could even take a leisurely stroll down the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare.

How to get around Bristol

Bristol is at the centre of the national rail network in the West, so getting in and around Bristol is easy and is made much easier by the number of bus services that run from key locations. There’s also the City Sightseeing bus for those who may want a guided tour of the city. If you don’t like driving into the City Centre why not use one of the park and ride services available? In addition, the ferry runs several services to and from popular waterfront attractions.

Bristol City Council’s website offers a wealth of information about travel and how to apply for an older person’s bus pass.

Top tip! Visit the Council’s website to find out how you can apply for an older person’s bus pass.  

Clubs and associations for older people

Bristol is lucky to have some great clubs that offer guidance, support and friendship to older people.

LinkAge Network in Bristol is a local charity which helps to improve health and wellbeing among older people by hosting like- minded projects such as baking or afternoon tea. It also informs people what’s on across Bristol.

AgeUK Bristol is another local charity that helps older people to maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. They run a variety of activities from health clinics to computer courses.


Bristolians are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping centres. There’s the Bristol Shopping Quarter located in the heart of the City Centre and there’s Carbot Circus also based in the Shopping Quarter. However, if it’s independent shops you’re after, then there’s Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft to the North of the city or Clifton Village. There are also a number of open air markets around the city.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities  

Bristol has a number of hospitals around the city including Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead Hospital, Crossham Hospital and the North Bristol NHS Trust which specialises in the assessment and treatment of illnesses in older people.

Where to Live in Bristol 

Bristol is a vibrant city to live in, but if you’re looking for a retirement development on the outskirts of the city, then there are many places to choose from including: Barnhill Court in Chipping Sodbury, William Court near Downend or Coopers Court in Yate. 

Retirement Properties for Sale in Bristol

Check out the retirement properties we have for sale in Bristol and the surrounding area.

Do you still like the idea of retiring to a city, but decided that retiring to Bristol is not for you? Why not read another article in the series, including Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Birmingham, Manchester, London or Sheffield to find your perfect city to retire to.  



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