Bristol is a cosmopolitan city in the South of England and is an extremely popular place to live. Less than two hours away by train from London, Bristol is the focal point of the South West and is well known for its lively and vibrant atmosphere.
From our pupils’ perspective, there is so much to see and experience. Bristol was named a finalist for the 2008 European Capital of Culture and its easy to see why. A year-round calendar of events and festivals, rich theatrical and music culture, modern shopping centres and an array of museums and fine restaurants are right on our doorstep. Boasting two of the largest universities in the country, the city is well known for learning and academic achievement and Badminton girls benefit from attending university lectures and taking part in industry-run competitions as well as participating in events run by the local business community for young people.
The countryside around the city is also some of the most beautiful in the UK. Bristol is only half an hour from the Mendip Hills, half an hour from Bath, within easy access of lakes, a short drive to the Welsh mountains and only a couple of hours from the white, sandy beaches and blue waters of Devon and Cornwall.
Badminton School is based in the heart of Bristol, next to an area called Durdham Downs – a 220 acre area of grassy parkland owned by the people of Bristol which is used for a variety of sports, picnics and summer festivals and events. Despite having easy access to the city centre, Badminton is very private and secure – its site circled by a historic stone wall. Badminton girls can therefore enjoy the best of both worlds – a safe and secure place to live, right in the heart of a vibrant, university city.
Travelling to Bristol
Bristol is accessible via a number of different transport routes. Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway train stations are equidistant from Badminton and are both mainline stations with regular services to London Paddington and elsewhere in the country. There are also scheduled coach links to most of the UK's major cities from Bristol's Bus and Coach Station.
Bristol International Airport is 8 miles south of the city and a 30 minute taxi ride from Badminton with regular flights to Europe, America and further afield. The London airports are easily accessible via road, rail or coach.
The city is well connected by road with the M4 connecting Bristol to London and the East, the M5 to the Southwest and the North. London is less than a two hour drive from Badminton.
Bristol offers visitors historical monuments, beautiful architecture, vast parkland and busy modern shopping and business centres. Bristol’s harbourside location, lined with attractions, boats, restaurants and museums provides a wonderful place to relax, as well as the opportunity to explore Bristol's historical importance as a trading port.
To give you a taste of what Bristol has to offer, these attractions are some of the most popular:
Bristol Zoo Gardens with over 300 species of wildlife in beautiful grounds and gardens, this is a popular choice for families and for School trips!
@Bristol is one of the biggest interactive science centres in the country. With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, you can spend all day here learning more about the place science has in the world around us.
Bristol's M Shed museum will allow you to delve into the history of Bristol and its free to enter. Located on the dockside, the museum has three galleries dedicated to telling Bristol's story from prehistoric times to the present day.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta draws in international crowds and is Europe's largest hot air balloon event. The annual event takes place in Ashton Court Estate and is a highlight of the year.
To learn more about Bristol and what makes it such a special place to be, please visit the Visit Bristol website.
The Telegraph - Bristol is 'best city to live in the UK'
Relocation Agents and Estate Agents
A large number of estate agents and relocation agents operate in the Bristol area, but we would happily recommend the following;
Hampton's International - t: 0117 901 5591 w: www.hamptons.co.uk
Savills - t: 0117 933 5804 w: www.savills.co.uk/estate-agents/savills-bristol-clifton