The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol their number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.



Bristol is a lively university city with so much to do and see! Have a look at Bristol's official tourist information site. There is something for everyone!

In the following section there is information about the places and activities which are the most popular with our students.

  • Cinemas - The most convenient cinemas are the Showcase cinema de lux at Cabot Circus (a large multiplex cinema in the Centre) and the Bristol Westbury Park cinema in Henleaze (small local cinema close to many students' homestays). The historic Whiteladies Picture House has also recently reopened and is located just 5 minutes on foot from the school.
  • Music - Bristol is famous for its music scene. You could see a different band every night of the week. Local bands include Massive Attack and Portishead. Popular venues: Bristol O2 AcademyColston Hall and the Fleece. If you like jazz, head for the Old Duke. For classical music, go to St George's on Brandon Hill.
  • Festivals - Great Britain, and Bristol and the local area in particular, have some amazing festivals in the summer. Click here to get a list of festivals this summer.

  • Clubs - mbargo (on the Triangle) is the club in Clifton which is currently most popular with our students. Pryzm is much bigger and is in the city centre.
  • Pubs - Channings (traditional and 2 minutes from Pembroke House), Alter Ego (Whiteladies Road, is popular with students, especially on Thursdays).
  • Restaurants - Good value for money: Toro Pan Asian (Park Street), Pizza Provencale (Regent Street - Clifton). If you want to impress your parents, try Cote in Clifton Village or Browns (next to the City Museum).
  • Shopping - Cabot Circus is the city's major shopping area. There are also many interesting/designer shops on Park Street.
  • Major events - those held throughout the year include the Balloon Fiesta and the Harbour Festival


Bristol is a great city for sport. If you would like to take part yourself, plese click here.

Remember, as an ELC student you can also join any of the clubs or societies at the University Students' Union. It is the perfect way to have fun and make English friends. Click here for more information.


Andrew's Weekend Suggestions

If you wish to get out of Bristol, there are plenty of places you can visit by public transport or you could hire a car.

Day Trips by Public Transport

  • London – the capital city is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament. There are so many things to do and see in London; shows, shopping, events, festivals, markets, fantastic food … Click the link and check out the website to find out more. (1 hour 45 minutes by train)
  • Bath – is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history. Bath is only 10 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads by train and a wonderful place to relax with original roman style baths and hot spas.
  • Cardiff – the capital city of Wales offers a range of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. There is a lively sports and entertainment scene; be sure to check the website and see what’s on. (50 minutes by train)
  • Exeter – a university city and the capital of Devon. There are plenty of museums and art galleries to see as well as excellent shopping. (1 hour by train)
  • Weymouth – a popular seaside holiday resort and host venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. The bay offers views across the horizon of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. (2 hours 20 minutes by train)
  • Cheltenham - a Regency town that is full of beautiful architecture, award-winning gardens, shops and restaurants. It is in the centre of the Cotswolds and it is very famous for its horse racing. (40 minutes by train)
  • Chepstow Castle - a Norman Castle situated in the south of Wales, it is quite magnificent and full of history. (1 hour 30 minutes by train)
  • Clevedon - a beautiful old seaside town on the Bristol Channel. It was a very popular holiday resort during the Victorian era and a lot of the buildings date from this time. It also has a beautiful old pier which was opened in 1869. (50 minutes by bus)

Day Trips by Car

  • Cotswolds - a group of towns and villages of outstanding beauty. Some of these you can reach by public transport, but to get the most out of these beautiful places you need to travel by car.
  • Mendip Hills - an area of outstanding national beauty. This is the perfect place to come if you wish to get some fresh air in the country and go walking. (About 1 hour's drive)
  • Chew Valley - full of lots of beautiful villages and Chew Valley Lake, which is the largest lake in the South West and is great for water sports or going for a picnic. (about 45 minutes' drive)
  • North Devon and Exmoor - there are plenty of villages and towns to visit here. They take between 1.45 hours and 3 hours to get to, so you may wish to stay there overnight or for a couple of days.
  • South Devon - The scenery is very different in South Devon compared to North Devon, but one thing is the same - they are both beautiful. There is plenty to do here so you may want to spend the night. For more information about Devon and the beautiful, neighbouring county of Cornwall, please click Devon or Cornwall.
  • National Trust sites - this is an organisation that 'works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland'. There are several fantastic places to visit in the local area, including castles, manor houses and beaches. Perfect for a great day out.
  • Quantock Hills - the first place in England to be classed as An Area of Outstanding National Beauty. It is a beautiful place to visit and explore on foot.