Bristol is England’s sixth and the United Kingdom’s eighth most populous city, and the most populous city in Southern England after London. Bristol’s modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture. The city has two universities, the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol and a variety of artistic and sporting organisations and venues.
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Sixth biggest city in England, Bristol is mostly famous for its street art and its nightlife, but this town is much more than that. There are plenty of things to do in and around Bristol, and two weeks of Scan Trip really are not too much to enjoy the city.
First, there are in Bristol a few not-boring-at-all museums. In the Art Gallery, you can discover, as well as objects from Ancient Egypt or China, the story of Alfred the Gorilla, popular attraction of Bristol Zoo during World War II, or the design differences between European and Japanese Pokemon cards. In the MShed, you can learn about life in Bristol over the centuries, especially about the numerous major events that took place there. And the best part is, both these museums, like many others, are free.
When you’re done staying inside, you can just enjoy a walk in the city. It will always be full of surprises. By looking for the famous monuments, such as Bristol Suspended Bridge or the cathedral, you will come across unexpected discoveries. For instance, the tree full of sneakers on College Green, a place you might recognize if you’ve seen Skins, the popular teen drama. Everywhere in Bristol, and especially in Stokes Croft (a famous area near the city center), you will find amazing pieces of Street Art, by Banksy or other great artists. There are also a lot of musicians down the streets, playing all kinds of music, day or night.
Since you’re a serious engineering student, you will take the time to follow some courses. And you should. The university is amazing ! Some buildings actually look more like cathedrals than anything else. At this point, you will probably have an emotional thought for you classmates passing a physics test in a cold room at INSA.
Now that you’ve started to feel what life in UK is like, you might think it would be cool to go outside Bristol for a change. Lucky you, there are plenty of places to visit. The most interesting are probably Bath and Cardiff, both accessible in less than a hour by train or bus. Bath is a thermal city that was developped by the Romans. It was many times elected the most beautiful city in UK, which you will understand once you’ve taken a walk in this charming town. As for Cardiff, it will allow you to discover Wales. The Welsh are amazing people. They’re extremelly proud of their culture and very warm with strangers at the same time. Don’t hesitate to taste one of their beers to make the contact easier. You won’t regret it. (Especially once you’ve had your third or your fourth !)
Back in Bristol, you still have time to try a few pubs, to enjoy local junk food one last time, and the two weeks are already over. Such a shame. You were just starting to have the impression you were no longer risking your life each time you crossed a road…
Besides being the town of origin of Trip-Hop and a paradise for Street Art, Bristol also has one of the most prestigious universities in the World.
Interviews of SCAN students who went to Bristol :[audio:http://scan.asso.insa-lyon.fr/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/sylvain-bristol.mp3|titles=sylvain-bristol]