Bristol is Southern England's second-largest city, and thus an important hub in the region for both new and existing business, as well as travelling corporates. With such great responsibility comes a fulfilled requirement of plentiful self-catering Bristol accommodation throughout the city.
The vibrant, innovative university city of Bristol is the largest in the south-west of England. The Bristol population consists of over 450,000 people, making it also one of the largest cities in the UK.
The historic port and commercial centre of Bristol lies between Gloucestershire and Somerset, to the north and south respectively, and around 120 miles west of London. Bath is 12 miles to the east, and forty-five miles away across the Bristol Channel is Cardiff in Wales.
Situated at the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways, Bristol is ideally situated for road access from London as well as from the north and east of England. Not only that, but the city also has its own airport. Bristol Airport is one of the busiest in the UK, handing almost ten million passengers each year, as well as offering a great range of domestic and international flights all year round.
Ultimately, the city benefits from brilliant public transport connections and the ease of travel to, from, and around the city is also a major plus for the busy traveller staying in SITU’s fully furnished serviced apartments in Bristol.
Bristol is one of the UK’s most productive city economies and home to many of the UK’s most innovative, creative, and high-tech companies. The city has a world-class aerospace and advanced engineering industry supporting 98,000 jobs and has been valued at £7bn. 14 top global aerospace companies sustain a presence in the region too, including Airbus and Rolls Royce.
Bristol is also one of the UK’s most exciting places for electronic technology and has research and development centres complemented by the four leading educational institutions, including the University of Bristol, collaborating with business in areas such as life sciences, quantum technologies, robotics, and cybersecurity. What’s more, Bristol is also a wonderful place for the creative and digital industries and is home to numerous national and international production companies, including the Oscar-winning Aardman Animations.
Furthermore, Bristol is one of the BBC’s three location hubs in the UK, and is the location of its Natural History Unit, with 35% of all global natural history television being produced in the Bristol region. Media and creative professionals, therefore, flock to self-catering Bristol accommodation all year round.
An interesting thing about Bristol is that on average, one in five jobs in the city is ‘knowledge-intensive’, where workers require significant education, skills, and experience to carry out their job. The fact that the city has chosen to locate its Enterprise Zone within the city centre itself reflects this since knowledge-intensive firms prefer to be located within dense urban centres. In this respect, SITU has the ideal short-stay apartments in Bristol city centre to accommodate such professionals.
Unlike the Bristol business centre, Bristol Business Park is strategically located five miles north of the city centre, where connections to transport networks are all nearby. Bristol also has the UK’s largest local currency, the Bristol Pound (£B). This encourages people and businesses to buy locally and keeps money circulating in Bristol, supporting local job creation.
Those who have stayed in Bristol apartments may not know that the city has a history that goes back thousands of years. It has a rich maritime history and is recorded as trading with Ireland as far back as the eleventh century.
Bristol’s sea trade grew stronger over the centuries until it became the second largest port after London. Bristol was famous for its shipbuilding: the huge tidal range of the Avon meant that ships would rest on the riverbed with the weight of the cargo on board exerting great pressure on their timbers, so ships had to be well-crafted from quality materials. This resulted in the famous saying, ‘ship-shape and Bristol-fashion.’
Bristol has a colourful involvement with pirating and privateering: Bristol’s most famous pirate, Blackbeard, is alleged to have been born near the old harbour. Bristol also played a role in piracy’s demise.
Much of Bristol’s wealth came from the slave trade in which the city played a pivotal and terrible role. Between 1697 and 1807, 2108 known ships left Bristol to make the trip to Africa and onwards across the Atlantic with slaves. Approximately 500,000 slaves were brought into slavery by these ships, representing one-fifth of the British slave trade during this time.
Well worth a visit is the Bristol Museum, to find out more about how the city grew to become what it is today. The museum houses fascinating collections relating to the city’s natural history and guests staying in serviced accommodation in Bristol in a great location can relish having such an iconic attraction right on their doorstep.
During your visit and stay in an aparthotel in Bristol, you could delve deeper into the city’s history. Perhaps explore the ruins of the Norman castle in Castle Park or the Gothic splendour of Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe?
Or perhaps you could soak up the atmosphere in the Georgian streets of Clifton and Redland, where guided walking tours are available. You can also immerse yourself in Bristol’s rich seafaring history by going on board the SS Great Britain, one of the most important historic ships in the world.
Another attraction is Bristol Zoo Gardens, the fifth oldest zoo in the world. The zoo has a sister site, The Wild Place Project. The site is a wildlife conservation park designed to, on a global scale, link the world’s specific ecosystems and conservation programmes.
The city has thriving performing art and theatre scene too, with the Bristol Theatre, or the Hippodrome as it is mostly known, hosting big shows and West End musicals. Other theatres include the Bristol Old Vic, the Tobacco Factory Theatre, and the Redgrave Theatre. Bristol is also home to the legendary artist Banksy, whose art is displayed publicly around the city.
Of course, Bristol also has a wealth of retail opportunities. From the quirky independent shops in the Old City, Clifton Village, and the Old Market area to all the big names in Bristol’s shopping centre, Cabot Circus. The centre is particularly popular amongst those who study at the universities, therefore, making student accommodation in Bristol is housed all year round.
The discerning corporate traveller requiring luxury serviced apartments in Bristol will want the best that the city has to offer, and SITU has exactly that!. Choose to stay in a tranquil waterside apartment or the heart of the city centre. Or perhaps an apartment in an elegant Georgian townhouse might tempt you. You might even consider staying further afield in Filton, or the popular coastal town of Portishead.
All Bristol city apartments contain a well-equipped kitchen and living room area that allow you the flexibility and space of home-from-home living without sacrificing the convenience of a hotel. Wherever in Bristol you choose to stay, SITU will ensure that you have a comfortable, effortless, and memorable stay.
Looking for more information about living in Bristol? Well, make sure to check out our '7 Things You Need To Know Before Moving To Bristol' blog to find out more about the city and what to expect when relocating here.
Bristol has the UK’s fifth-largest regional airport, with operators flying in from over 125 destinations. The airport is located just over eight miles south-west of Bristol serviced apartments in the city centre.
Travel to and from Bristol Airport to the city is quick and easy with a regular bus service, the Airport Flyer (A1), that operates up to every 10 minutes. It can also take you to Temple Meads railway station, as well as the bus and coach station. There are regular bus services to other key locations as well as several car hire companies and a dedicated on-site taxi and minibus service.
The main Bristol Station, also known as Temple Meads, is the largest rail hub in the west of England, with direct services available from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester, and Birmingham. You can travel to and from London Paddington as well as to destinations across the south of England, the South West and South Wales with Great Western Railway (GWR).
North of the city is another railway station, the park-and-ride Bristol Parkway. This station is on the South Wales mainline from London to Swansea and from there you can travel to Birmingham, Cardiff, Gloucester, and London. Either of these stations can be within walking distance of the short term lets in Bristol of your choosing.
Bristol’s Marlborough Street bus and coach station is well served by a number of national and regional coach services.
The bus station also serves the Airport Flyer as well as National Express services and is the departure point of the X7 Severn Express service to Chepstow and Newport.