17 June 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Bristol - England

Commercial properties to rent in Bristol.

This major city in the South West is the 8th largest metropolitan in the UK. It is bordered by Somerset and Gloucestershire and is nearby the cities of Bath and Gloucester.

Although its economy is driven by creative, electronics and aerospace industries today, it was once a major hub for the slave trade, exploration and tobacco trade with colonies across the globe. Its port has now moved to the Severn Estuary at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Dock, but its harbour is still working with much of the city centred around it. Bristol is one of the only cities in the UK to have a community currency – the Bristol Pound – which encourages people to shop locally.

With a number of art galleries, museums, live music venues and annual festivals, Bristol is a lively city that attracts thousands of visitors each year. A number of restaurants and bars are dotted around the banks of the floating harbour, which give the city a buzzing centre – particularly in the summertime.

Over the years, the architecture in Bristol has evolved, resulting in an eclectic mix of buildings today. You’ll find stately Georgian buildings alongside colourful terraced neighbourhoods and a few modern skyscrapers. You may even spot some of Banksy’s original works on the walls. It is also the home of some of Brunel’s finest engineering achievements, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain. Since the 1980s, Bristol has enjoyed significant regeneration that has restored its former glory and brought many dilapidated areas back to life.


Property statistics

  • Commercial properties in Bristol: 10,101
  • Total available: 834
  • Largest available unit: 262,945 ft
  • Tallest commercial building: 18 floors
  • Most listings available on: Gloucester Road (362 buildings)



TrainBristol’s main train station, Bristol Temple Meads is managed by Great Western Railway. It offers fast connections to London, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester, as well as regional locations such as Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton and Gloucester. A few local stations about the city include Clifton Down, Bedminster, Lawrence Hill and Montpelier, which run services between each other. Another station, Bristol Parkway, is also managed by Great Western Rail and offers services to destinations across the country. It is located near the M4, so some people prefer to use this station to avoid traveling to the city centre.

BusesFirst Group provides most of the local bus services in Bristol, making it easy for people in the surrounding areas to reach the city centre. It also offers quick services to Bristol Airport. Multi-journey tickets offer a particularly cost-effective way to get around the city, while contactless payment on all services and an app take the hassle out of payments.

Bristol AirportLocated just eight miles from the city centre, Bristol Airport is a short drive away. It offers a simple way to reach over 125 destinations in the UK and Europe with connections to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow, Paris, Berlin, Dublin and many more. The Air Flyer bus from the town centre takes around 45 minutes to reach the airport.

Offices to rent in Bristol

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Retail units to rent in Bristol

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  • There are over 11 gyms in the area including PureGym, Nuffield Health and Bannatyne Health Club and Spa
  • There are over 17 banks in the area including Lloyds Bank (three branches), NatWest (two branches) and Barclays Bank (two branches)
  • There are more than eight Post Offices in the area.
  • There are two main shopping centres in Bristol. Cabot Circus is in the centre’s major shopping district and has more than 90 stores, a number of restaurants and a cinema. The development is designed to integrate seamlessly into the surrounding streets. On the other hand, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway is a dedicated shopping centre showcasing over 500 brands in its 150 stores. 700 parking spaces make it easy to reach.

Retail properties to let in Bristol

Agents operating in the area


Instant offices

Knight Frank


Hartnell Taylor Cook


Cushman & Wakefield

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Offices on Realla that offer something a little different in Bristol


St. James Parade

Royal Talbot Building

Great Park Road

3 Berkeley Square

Broad Plain

11 Backfields Lane

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Meet the neighbours – noteworthy Bristol businesses

  • Aardman Animations
  • Ovo Energy
  • Triodos Bank
  • Airbus
  • Rolls Royce
  • Mitie
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Las Iguanas
  • Hargreaves Landsdown
  • Burges Salmon
  • BBC – Broadcasting House

Large offices and co-working spaces in Bristol


Temple Point

Almondsbury Business Park

Future Space

22/24 Queen Square

Aztec Centre

St Catherine’s Court

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Serviced offices to let in Bristol

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Did you know?

  • There are at least 91 main languages spoken in Bristol.
  • The city boasts over 400 parks and gardens.
  • Bristol has been named the Best City to live by the Sunday Times and ranked as one of the top 10 happiest cities to live and work by The Guardian.
  • It is a UNESCO City of Film.
  • There are five Michelin-starred restaurants in the city.
  • Bristol played a major role in the tobacco, wine and cotton trades.
  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Cary Grant and Banksy have all lived in the city.
  • The first ever bungee jump took place from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
  • One of its churches has a tower that leans at 2.7 degrees – just one degree less than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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