This south west city was built around the River Avon, with a maritime industry that cemented its importance to the larger UK form the 13th through 18th centuries. When the Port of Bristol moved to Avonmouth, the local economy declined, but a recent shift to creative media, electronics, and aerospace industries has revived the area. In the process, Bristol has become a vibrant metropolitan area with a higher wealth per capita than that of Britain as a whole.
Today, the docks of Central Bristol have been redeveloped as a pedestrian, bike, and ferry-friendly cultural hub, with the 21st Century Science Center, Wildwalk At-Bristol, and Bristol Industrial Museum in the Harbour-Side district. Old City is centered on the glass-topped St. Nicholas Market, with Bristol city centre shops at Cabot Circus and Broadmead and entertainment around the Old Vic Theatre on arts-centric King Street. Bristol is also home to many computer chip designers and manufacturers thanks to the highly educated workforce sustained by the University of the West of England and University of Bristol. This is also a multicultural city, with colorful commercial properties for rent in Eastside neighborhoods, eco-housing in St. Werburghs, the Eastgate Oriental City, and the Afro-Caribbean St. Pauls area.
Currently, Bristol’s Urban Development Corporation is regenerating inner city areas with improved infrastructure and investment properties for sale. For example, the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone has redeveloped a 70-hectare area around the Temple Meads railway station through incentives for small, start-up companies. Similarly, the Harbour-Side area has been reinvigorated with a mixture of a new creative quarter of housing, offices to rent, and facilities like the At-Bristol Science Museum. Through such projects, this city continues to reinvent itself, with commercial property for sale in Bristol designed to meet the needs of creative and tech industry leaders.