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Why we love Bristol

One of our core values at Maples is to create happier, healthier, and more hopeful communities to help achieve a more positive and inclusive environment for all.

We believe in the power of relationships, connections, and community and strive to create a sense of belonging and connection among our residents, employees, and partners.

We love belonging to the Bristol community, Bristol is often listed as one of the top places to live in the UK, and we can see why. Bristol is a welcoming city that champions diversity and fights the status quo, leading activist movements in support of LGBT+ rights, and protesting climate change and racism.

We couldn’t possibly list all the reasons why we love Bristol, but here are just a few:

Beautiful Bristol

Bristol is home to some absolutely beautiful landmarks, whether it’s part of the deep and rich Bristolian history, or you’ve just seen it on an episode of Skins.

When you think of Bristol, Clifton suspension bridge often comes to mind as one of Bristol's most recognisable structures. Castle Park, and the Bristol Cathedral in College Green are just few more of the iconic and picturesque places we recommend visiting in the area.

Culture & food

Bristol is a hub for culture and diversity, no matter what you’re looking for, Bristol is likely to have it.

You can explore Bristol’s food scene and discover something new with a seemingly unlimited variety of choices, including Jamaican, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern. There always seems to be something fun going on in Bristol, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol Harbour Festival and St Paul’s Carnival are three of the biggest events, but you can also find the Bristol Walk Fest and the Festival of Nature. There’s even a big screen in Millennium Square where they show documentaries, films and live streams.

Hidden gems

Bristol has something for everyone, and the more you look, the more hidden gems you’ll come across.

Bristol has a collection of fun and quirky bars. Brozen bar specialises in frozen cocktails, which is perfect for the summer and Smoke & Mirrors is a 1920’s themed bar which hosts comedy, magic and burlesque performances. If you’re looking for a true hidden gem, you could even attempt to find one of Bristol’s secret bars, Her Majesty's Secret Service is a personal favourite. If you’re looking for something less boozy, then there’s plenty of adventurous and outdoor activities on offer as well. The University of Bristol has a beautiful Botanical Gardens, which feels like a peaceful piece of paradise away from the bustling city. There are also Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tours for those who like to get a little spooked out.

Free things to do

There are a bunch of free arty endeavours, including Banksy Walking tours, museums such as MSHED, the Arnolfini, and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. We would recommend anyone with a passion for animals to visit Ashton Court Estate, which is home to roughly 200 deers.

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