Bristol Travel Guide and Activities

Bristol Travel Guide and Activities

The biggest city in South West England and less than two hours from London, Bristol is green, historic and has a young atmosphere (it’s home to one of Britain’s top universities). As well as being vibrant and fun, Bristol has some of England’s finest countryside stretching out in all directions around it.

5 things to see

5 things to do


The weather in the UK is the topic of many conversations because it is so changeable. It is possible to see sun, rain, wind and clouds all in the same day so it is a good idea to always carry a pair of sunglasses and an umbrella!


Great British Pound (GBP), also known as sterling.

Students can change money and traveller’s cheques at the post office or banks in Broadmead. There are several banks (Lloyds, HSBC, NatWest and Barclays) where they can withdraw money from as well as ATMs (cashpoint machines) in local supermarkets close to the school.

Public holidays

27 and 28 Dec 2021, 2022 Public Holidays on a weekday: 03 Jan, 15 Apr, 18 Apr, 02 May, 02 Jun, 03 June, 29 Aug, 26 Dec, 27 Dec

Telephone Country Code

Sim cards for international calls are provided free of charge at the school reception. Additional call credit can also be purchased at the school reception.


230 V; 50Hz - 3-pin plug Travel adaptors can be purchased at the school reception.

Tap water

Tap water in England is safe unless there’s a sign to the contrary (eg on trains).


If you feel ill or are injured and you need to see a doctor, please contact Reception. If you do not have an EU Health Insurance Card or then there will be a charge. You should pay the doctor directly and then claim a refund from your health insurance company (where applicable).

The nearest hospital is Bristol Royal Infirmary, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol, BS2 8HW; 0117 923 0000 / 0117 342 2710. This hospital has an accident and emergency department where you should only visit if you require urgent medical attention!

There is an NHS Drop-in Centre in the centre of the city should you feel unwell.

Students staying in Bristol for more than 6 weeks should register with a local doctor as soon as possible. If you want to see a doctor you must be registered. Directions and information are available at the school reception.


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in UK

Cost of Living

Coffee/cappuccino (Starbucks) £2.30-£3.50
Bottle of water/soda (0.33 litre) £0.60-£1.20
Fast-food combo meal £4.75-£7.50
Meal, inexpensive restaurant £10.00-£20.00
Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult) £20.00-£45.00
Public transport (local transport) £2.00-£3.00 (one-way)
Public transport (monthly pass) £50.00-£90.00

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

Legal age for driving is 18 years. Most car hire companies require that you be at least 21 years old and have an international or European driving licence.

Alcohol Age

Legal age for drinking in the UK is 18 and many places will ask for identification if you look below the age of 21.

Smoking laws

Smoking in enclosed public places is illegal in the UK.


Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes.

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