Following the aftermath of the Second World War, Bristol citizens reached out in friendship to cities in Europe devastated by the conflict. In 1947 this resulted in two of the first ever formal, twinning relationships in the UK. Hannover and Bordeaux entered into twinning agreements with Bristol within months of each other, and these have lasted to the present day.
Focusing on practical support in the early years – sending clothing, food, etc – these relationships have developed into cultural, economic, sporting and educational exchanges. All three cities benefit from the strong links forged nearly 70 years ago, with many schools, associations, sports clubs, musicians, researchers and businesses visiting each other’s cities every year. Many of the visitors are hosted by local families, getting to know the local customs, language and culture, resulting in lasting friendships.
To find out more or to register an interest in twinning activities, please use the contact page.