Visit Bristol and learn English rapidly with Lucy Tilney

Bristol is smaller and friendlier than London, with two universities, which makes it a diverse and energetic place. Famous for its Georgian architecture, its harbour area and attractive riverside walks, as well as its modern business centre.

You can visit the ss Great Britain, a fascinating museum ship designed by the great Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel or discover the city by boat on the River Avon.

The beautiful Clifton Suspension Bridge is the emblem of the city and you will find the symbol of the bridge everywhere.

The photo of the Clifton Suspension Bridge on this page is by Samuel Oakes.

Things to do in Bristol

The city is famous for its live music and summer festivals such as the Bristol Harbour Festival, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the Bristol Kite Festival. There is a lot of excellent, and often free, live music in pubs and the squares.

There are many cafés and restaurants with excellent food and coffee as well as several museums, theatres and art galleries. Cabot Circus is a beautifully designed new shopping centre, with a wide range of fashion boutiques, shops and restaurants.

How to get to Bristol

By air

There are direct and regular flights from 112 countries to Bristol Airport.

Main airport

Bristol Airport is only 8 miles south of the city centre. There is an excellent bus service to and from the airport every 15 minutes. This journey takes 30 minutes.

Alternative airports

Birmingham Airport is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive to the city centre. Cardiff Airport is approximately 1 hour’s drive to the city centre.

By train

Bristol Temple Meads is the main railway station. It is 1.5 hours from London Paddington Station.

By bus

Bristol Bus Station is the bus station in the city centre. There are regular and comfortable bus services from Victoria Coach Station in London. The journey is usually 2.5 hours. The buses all have wifi and toilets.

However you are travelling, I can advise on transfers and arrange for airport collection and return.