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Living in Frenchay: the local area guide

Fringing the northern outskirts of Bristol is the delightful village of Frenchay. Situated in South Gloucestershire and belonging to the civil parish of Winterbourne, Frenchay oozes historic charm and a heart-warming community spirit.

Its attractive geographic location further entices visitors. It sits moments away from the M32 and B4058 roads, which take road users directly into the throbbing heart of Bristol, and the public transportation links are equally convenient. This makes Frenchay somewhat of a commuter haven.

If you decide to move here, you’ll soon realise that the focal point of Frenchay is its village common, where you’ll find St John the Baptist Church and its ancient spire - a prominent, defining feature of the village’s landscape. The picturesque common is also the perfect place for a quick respite and located nearby is the River Frome Walkway. This enchanting route takes foot passengers on a journey along the canal side.

Aside from its pretty green spaces and historic buildings, Frenchay was once home to Frenchay hospital, which served wounded soldiers from the D-Day landings in Normandy. The Frenchay Village Museum is ideal if you wish to dig deeper into the history of this once famed hospital!


According to the 2011 Census, 8,965 people reside in the civil parish of Winterbourne. A majority of Frenchay residents tend to work in Bristol. Because of this, the M32 and B4058 roads, which are situated minutes away, see an influx of motorists each morning and evening.

Back in Frenchay and the civil parish of Winterbourne, these residents are split into 3,667 households, a majority of which are owned outright or with a mortgage. Properties are typically detached, semi-detached or terrace and, most importantly, spacious.

The village and civil parish is also home to a large number of families (72%), who come here to take advantage of the extra space, as well as, the proximity to work and excellent academic institutions.


Frenchay and the surrounding area boasts brilliant education institutes, ones that have consistently drawn families into the area. Frenchay Church of England Primary School, Begbrook Primary Academy and Frome Vale Academy are three excellent primary level institutes that were all highly praised by Ofsted for their supportive learning environments, extra-curricular activities and exceptional pupil attainments.

At secondary level, parents will find a number of exemplary institutes in the neighbouring settlements. Bristol Metropolitan Academy and Downend School both offer secondary and post 16 education at an exceptional level. School leavers looking to go into further education will find that Frenchay is home to Bristol UWE (University of West England), and the University of Bristol is a short journey down the road!


Frenchay is home to a commuter community for a reason. Frequent bus services ferry locals, students and commuters to the hub of Bristol in minutes, as well as, pass through pretty towns and villages along the way.

The bus service will also take you straight to Filton, which is where the closest railway station is based. Here you can reach all the major hubs of the United Kingdom with ease. The number one factor drawing commuters here, though, is the excellent road links as mentioned previously, although they can become gridlocked during rush hour.

Nearby Bristol is also home to Bristol International Airport, which serves destinations worldwide. A quick business trip or tropical getaway abroad is, therefore, always on the cards!

Amenities and shopping

Though there may not be much in the way of basic amenities in Frenchay, it does boast a charming pub by the name of White Lion, as well as a Harvester eatery. For more choice, however, venture into Filton, Downend or Fishponds and visit one of the many Supermarkets, independent boutiques and High Street stores.

And, don’t forget, the glittering stores of Bristol are just a stone’s throw away. The Galleries and Cabot Circus are just two fine examples of the large shopping complexes that have a presence in this glorious city.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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