Bristol, in South
West England, is a large city with nearly half a million residents.
It is England's sixth largest city in terms of population (and the
United Kingdom's ninth). Bristol is now recognised as the most
populous city in South West England.
Bristol is highly regarded and well known as a centre of culture,
education and employment. The Bristol economy has been built mainly
on the aerospace industry in recent years and the dock areas.
Students in Bristol have the choice of two major institutions of
higher education (the University of Bristol and the University of
the West of England). There are also several dedicated further
education institutes, colleges, learning centres and schools.
Bristol is famous for its film and music industry and is a favourite
destination for theatre lovers. The Bristol Old Vic (founded in
1946) is actually an subsidiary of the Old Vic company in London.
The grade 1 listed Theatre Royal is the now established as the
oldest operating theatre in England.
Music fans have a feast of live music genres in Bristol. The
Fiddlers, St George's and Victoria Rooms are possibly the most well
known, however the Fleece and Firkin is famous for being an intimate
rock venue popular with a host of artists. Many well established
bands originate from Bristol. Portishead, Smith & Mighty, Massive
Attack and Tricky are some popular examples.
Football is well loved in the city and the Bristol has two Football
League teams (Bristol City and Bristol Rovers) in addition to many
more non-league teams. Bristol City and Bristol Rovers are very
close in terms of the honours they have won.
Bristol also has a Rugby Union club, a Rugby League Conference side,
a first class cricket side and plays host to the World Half Marathon
There is a wealth of family entertainment choices and amenities in
Bristol. During the summer the city hosts the Bristol International
Balloon Fiesta which always draws a extensive crowd. Ashton Court
hosts the Ashton Court Festival which is also held during the
The impressive Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is home to a
wonderful collection of natural history, local glassware,
archaeology and Chinese ceramics. The City Museum operates three
historic houses in the area (the Georgian House, the Tudor Red Lodge
and the Blaise Castle House).
Many of Bristol's surrounding areas are well known for their natural
beauty. Based in a limestone area, Bristol has the Mendip Hills to
the south and the world-renowned Cotswolds to the north east. Two
main rivers, the Avon and the Frome have created Bristol's prominent
hilly landscape over the years.
Bristol has super transport links. Bristol Parkway and Bristol
Temple Meads are the two main railway stations. There are also
several scheduled coach links which operate to most major UK cities.
The M4 motorway connects Bristol to London and Wales while the M5
links with Birmingham. Bristol has its own airport, Bristol
International which has seen major renovations and investments since
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