About Bristol

Bristol is the largest city in South West England. It has been an important port and trading centre for 900 years and today it is the cultural and business heart of the West of England with a population of one million.

“The overriding characteristic that seems to unite and influence all others is Bristol’s spirit of innovation, creativity and unorthodoxy.” Yellow Railroad

Bristol has a diverse economy including strengths in advanced manufacturing, high-tech/microelectronics, creative digital industries, media, green technologies and two high performing Universities. It has recently been announced as the winner of the European Green Capital Award 2015.

“the best small city of the future is Bristol in the UK, scoring particularly well in the business friendliness category, due in part to its concentrated high-tech and knowledge-based sectors” fDi Intelligence 2012

The range of assets is world class but it is the spirit of open collaboration which really marks out Bristol as a unique centre for innovation at the intersection of arts, media and technology sectors.

"New technology, the arts and a vibrant youth culture have helped to make this one of Britain's most cutting edge cities." The Rough Guide


City locations

For ideas and inspiration of potential places to install the Playable City Award commissioned work, we have put together a brief guide to some of our favourite city centre locations.

Download Bristol locations guide (pdf)

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Playable City is supported by:

Bristol City Council Playable City Award Sponsor Logo University of Bristol Playable City Award Sponsor Logo University of the West of Englang Playable City Award Sponsor Logo
Bristol and Bath British Council Future Cities Catapult Playable City Award Sponsor Logo Guardian Cities