Bristol is a bustling university city in South West England and has a large student population of around 52,000. The high density of students in Bristol means there is always something going on. The nightlife in Bristol is buzzing, and ‘Oceana’ is the biggest nightclub and contains five themed bars, 2 clubs and a restaurant! Bristol has built a reputation for producing different genres of music and has received media attention internationally for producing bands like Portishead and Massive Attack. In 2010, Bristol was named the most musical city in the UK by PRS for Music. Music lovers have a selection of live music venues to choose from including Bristol Academy and Colston Hall, which can hold 2,000 people.
Culture vultures can get their fix in one of Bristol’s many art galleries. The Arnolfini is a popular arts centre in a dockside warehouse and offers a varied programme of contemporary art, exhibitions, live art, talks and performance events. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery showcases an extensive list of exhibitions. The museum includes exhibits covering natural history, archaeology and local industry. The gallery contains seven galleries and displays works from artists like Bellini, Renoir, Pissarro and Beryl Cook.
Bristol has established itself as one of the top retail destinations in the region. Cabot Circus is a £500 million shopping centre and opened in 2008. From the latest fashion trends to books, shoes and holidays, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Cabot Circus is also a popular evening destination and includes many restaurants, a cinema and even an Indiana Jones themed adventure golf facility. Bristol Zoo Gardens is an award-winning zoo and is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. The Blue Reef Aquarium is always a fun day out; the aquarium is home to sharks, seahorses and stunning underwater ‘gardens’.