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Things to do in Bristol

Bristol has a population of around 450,000 and two major universities. It is the second-largest city in the south of England after London, which is less than two hours away by train.

Bristol is a lively student city, well-known for its nightlife, theatres, shopping, music scene and street art. The lively harbourside is popular with our students, and there is a wide choice of international restaurants in the city.

It has all the attractions of a major city but it is easy to live here.  Bristol has even been chosen as one of the very best places to visit in the UK by Time Out magazine. Most places of interest are located within walking distance, and you are not dependent on public transport.

Travel Around The UK & Europe

The city has major transport links and is conveniently placed to make day trips to popular destinations like London, Bath, Oxford, Cardiff, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.

Bristol International Airport has flights to over 100 cities in more than 30 countries. As well as making it easy to get here, it offers our students a great opportunity to visit other European destinations.

Some Great Festivals

The city hosts many festivals throughout the year. 250,000 people visit the city over the weekend of the Harbour Festival! There are several stages for live music, dance, acrobatics, and other performing arts. Other popular events are Bristol Sounds, Love Saves the Day, Bristol Pride, Upfest, which is Europe's largest street art and graffitti festival, Foodies Festival, and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, the largest balloon gathering in Europe.

Bristol Park Street

Park Street

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A city that doesn’t just buzz; it thumps.


Whether it’s a wake-up for the day or something to meet friends
over, coffee is a ritual. Bristol has first class coffee shops to soak
up some cafe culture.


Bristol is a food lover’s dream. There is something different
around every corner just waiting to be devoured.

Pubs & Bars

With secret speakeasies, outdoor terraces with epic views and world-class beer, cider and spirit producers, you’ll find your spirit in one of the city's watering holes.

Food Markets

Bristol has some lovely markets with food producers selling local food for you to discover and to taste.


Imagine floating over historic landmarks in a beautiful balloon, discovering world class artists and live music flowing into cobbled streets. Imagine summer cocktails, handcrafted beers and al-fresco eating at award-winning restaurants and some very special places to stay.


From mega markets and festive feasts to winter wonderlands, we've got everything you need for a very #MerryBristmas.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2018



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