Bristol has just about everything! It's not just a wonderful place to work in, it is a wonderful place to live in, too. In the city centre there is a pleasant mix of historic and new buildings, waterfront scenery and the greenery of parks and open spaces, while shops, sports facilities and entertainment are never far away. The docks have been developed to provide excellent leisure facilities, including watersports, shops and the Watershed Media Centre.
In the Great Western Dock you can see the s.s. Great Britain, the first ocean-going, properller-driven iron ship, built by Brunel, which was launched at Bristol in 1843. The dramatic Suspension Bridge, also built by Brunel, spans the Avon Gorge 245 feet above the river at Clifton, and there are superb views from the nearby Clifton Downs and from the Clifton Obsrvatory and Giant's Cave.
The largest city in the West of England, Bristol is home to many major banking and insurance companies. Industry is concentrated in the north of the city where large employers such as British Aerospace and Rolls Royce are based alongside many high-technology companies such as Hewlett Packard and DuPont. The new MOD ( Military Of Defence) headquaters at Abbey Wood is very close to the University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus.
The choice of performing arts in Bristol is wonderful - there are two concert halls, five theatres and numerious other performacne centres. Bristol has several fine museums including the City Museum and Art Gallery, the Exploratory hands-on Science museum, and the Commonwealth and Empire Museum. And if you want a night out, there are plenty of pubs, clubs and restaurants.
A number of events which attract nationl interest take place every year in the region, including the International Balloon Fiesta, the World Wine Fair, the International Kite Festival, the Milk Race, The Badminton Horse Trials, and Bristol's answer to the Notting Hill Carnival, the St Paul's Festival.