Retirement homes in Bristol

Packed with art and culture and enveloped by green hills, a retirement property in the creative capital of England could be a wise choice for an exciting new start in life.

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Retire to a port city full of history and art

With a Norman castle, a Gothic cathedral and a number of Tudor houses and Georgian gardens, Bristol is full of stunning architecture and historical buildings. You can explore its rich maritime history at the M Shed Museum, or go below deck on the SS Great Britain.

As well as its famous art galleries – including the Royal West of England Academy – Bristol's also renowned for its prominent street art. You can take a walking tour of some of the most famous pieces, or just have fun exploring the city and finding them all by yourself.

Take advantage of a city in the countryside

Buying a retirement property near a bustling city doesn't mean you have to miss out on beautiful landscapes. Our new development at Staple Hill, for example, is just a few miles from the centre, and it's an equally short distance from the famous Cotswolds, too.

Even within the city, you'll find more than 400 parks and gardens, such as Castle Park and Clifton Downs. In fact, Bristol recently became the first UK city to receive the EU's European Green Capital City award. There's a Botanic Garden to admire, and even a city zoo – perfect for an entertaining day out with your family.

See the latest shows and festivals in one of the UK's most creative cities

All through the year, Bristol hosts a wide range of cultural events and performances, so you'll never be stuck for something to do. You can see touring West End musicals at the Bristol Hippodrome, experience the annual Blues and Jazz Festival at Colston Hall, or see popular drama at the Old Vic, the oldest working theatre in Britain.

It's also a perfect location for keeping up a socially active retirement. You'll find the local ciders and ales that make the South West famous in Bristol's diverse range of cosy establishments, from traditional country pubs to rooftop harbour-side bars.

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Retirement Living - The perfect blend for many buyers - your own apartment, maintenance taken care of and the chance to socialise.

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Retirement Living PLUS - All the benefits of Retirement Living plus support and on-site catering for those wanting a little more help.

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Lifestyle Living - This pioneering concept provides luxurious homes in stunning locations for active over-55s.

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Keep fit in an active community

Bristol's known as a cycling city, and there are lots of special lanes, cycling tours and bike tracks to explore, both in the centre and in the surrounding countryside. There are more than 20 golf clubs around the area, as well as an indoor golf facility in the centre for rainy days.

It's also an area that's famous for its hot-air balloons. You can book a relaxing ride with unbeatable views of the city and the countryside, or you can get involved in the International Bristol Balloon Fiesta, one of the largest ballooning festivals in Europe.

Make the most of a well-connected city

Enjoying the countryside doesn't always mean being out in the sticks. The historic city of Bath is just 15 miles away, and there are fast trains from the city centre to take you to Cardiff in less than an hour, or to London in under 2 hours – making Bristol the ideal place for a retirement home that's within reach of your friends and family.

If you'd like to start a new adventure in a creative city surrounded by beautiful countryside, just take a look at the retirement properties we have in the area:

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It’s just wonderful here and our social life has completely transformed since we moved in … McCarthy & Stone has made the whole journey easy and stress-free.