1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Relocating to the south west, Bristol or Cardiff?

Discussion in 'Careers and Professional Development' started by 413x, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. 413x

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2010

    Posts: 15,697

    Location: Stamford

    So ,an important one.

    Planning to move job and home to the southwest with intention of buying a house.
    I don't know either area well personally but want more outdoors /ocean /river stuff for hobbies like kayaking and also access to Cornwall/North Wales.

    Moving from Lincolnshire which I have no love for.

    Cardiff sounds ideal if I can get a job, Bristol I can definitely get a job soon ish
    Cardiff is much much cheaper to live. And I assume beaches are better.

    My heart says Cardiff but would be great to get some first hand views.

    I would expect my salary to be 35-40 in both locations.

    Any help would be great
     
  2. ikillbears

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 5, 2006

    Posts: 3,508

    going by your first paragraph, Cardiff. But personally I think Bristol is a way cooler place
     
  3. 28swphotography

    Associate

    Joined: Jan 29, 2019

    Posts: 18

    Location: Midlands

    As much as the south west is rather nice, the North Coast, of Cymru, is delightful.
     
  4. Lord-Jaffa

    Soldato

    Joined: Jul 29, 2004

    Posts: 5,096

    Location: UK

    Bristol is a great town.

    Both towns have hideous areas though!
     
  5. Nitefly

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

    Posts: 30,257

    Bristol is brilliant - I’ve lived here 10 years and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

    The only thing going for Cardiff over Bristol is that it’s substantially cheaper when it comes to house prices. Cardiff is still nice though.
     
  6. Uther

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 16, 2005

    Posts: 9,015

    Affordability comes in to it, Bristol is hideously expensive, especially after Lincolnshire.
     
  7. azazl187

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 19, 2010

    Posts: 1,499

    Cardiff seems like it's slowly dying to me as u have to regularly visit with work. Bristol on the other hand seems to be getting better and better. Stay away from St Pauls though... Nasty.
     
  8. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 16, 2005

    Posts: 6,438

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    I'm biased :D
     
  9. Nitefly

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

    Posts: 30,257

    Give it 5 years and it will be fully gentrified, IMO.

    The slightly iffy areas are, I think, areas of Knowle West (some nice bits, mind) and parts of Lawrence Hill.
     
  10. Semple

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

    Posts: 4,815

    Quite a few blokes in our Bristol office live in Cardiff and commute in, takes them about an hour.

    Bristol is a great city, but suffers with horrendous traffic problems. The council never properly invested in public transport systems, instead they just prefer to have thousands of buses.
     
  11. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 16, 2005

    Posts: 6,438

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    You could include many other areas of Bristol in the 'nasty' catagory, as you can with many other large cities.

    St.Pauls has improved over the total no-go area of the early 80' , but i still wouldn't live there.

    Cardiff went through a bit of a re-gen and last time i visited was ok, but again it will have 'less desirable areas'

    Ultimately, i would rather not cripple myself financially by choosing Bristol over Cardiff - they seem much the same.
     
  12. Nitefly

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Sep 24, 2005

    Posts: 30,257

    It is loopy that the major routes in from Bath and east Bristol converge into a single lane of traffic before temple meads. But I suppose.... then everything else would clog up.
     
  13. [FnG]magnolia

    Pancake

    Joined: Aug 29, 2007

    Posts: 25,405

    Location: Auckland

    The last time I went to Bristol, the yokels were barking at the moon and setting fire to themselves to 'cleanse their soul containers'.

    Maybe it was a public holiday or something? :confused:
     
  14. Semple

    Mobster

    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

    Posts: 4,815

    Thankfully I never have to entertain driving into or around the centre. Our office is in North Bristol on the UWE campus, and the North side has become awful for traffic over the last few years. It used to take me an hours commute to travel 40 miles, 30 mins to do the 38 miles on the motorway, and the other 30 mins to finish the last 2 miles.
     
  15. Dublove

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,296

    Location: Bristol

    I've moved over the bridge so to speak. Bristol to halfway between Cardiff & Newport. Still working in Bristol though.

    Cardiff is definitely more happening these days that Bristol: Bigger music scene, more stuff on. Really impressed. Welsh people are generally more lively!
    I might be a bit biased having grown up in Bristol but I'd say Bristols stagnated somewhat!
     
  16. Zefan

    Don

    Joined: Jan 15, 2006

    Posts: 28,952

    Location: Tosche Station

    Just go full min/max and plunder the M4 corridor from Swindon. It's an island of affordability :p
     
  17. cainer

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jan 9, 2010

    Posts: 12,455

    Free prescriptions if you live over the bridge in Wales, comes in handy as you get older ;)
     
  18. Brizzles

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 16, 2005

    Posts: 6,438

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    In a modern, civilised society, no-one should have to live in Swindon
     
  19. cheesyboy

    Capodecina

    Joined: Dec 7, 2012

    Posts: 10,574

    Location: Gloucestershire

    Bristol's wonderful.

    I grew up in a small town in Gloucestershire, and am now back in a small village there, but lived in Bristol for about 6 years. People there are noticeably more friendly, and the city is great for the arts.
     
  20. SlyReaper

    Soldato

    Joined: Apr 26, 2008

    Posts: 6,181

    Location: Bristol, Old Blighty

    Bristol is a fantastic place to live. I don't know much about Cardiff, but if you end up picking Bristol, I don't think you'll regret it.

    You know, unless you end up in St Pauls.