The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the interview and article which explain what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is a family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.



Bristol is a lively university city with so much to do and see! Have a look at Bristol's official tourist information site. There is something for everyone!

Take a look at this section of our website for lots of great suggestions of what to do in Bristol

Remember, as an ELC student you can also join any of the clubs or societies at the University Students' Union. It is the perfect way to have fun and make English friends. Click here for more information.

Weekend Suggestions

If you wish to get out of Bristol, there are plenty of places you can visit by public transport or you could hire a car.

Day Trips by Public Transport

  • London – the capital city is the political, economic and cultural capital of Britain. You can visit the Queen's official residence at Buckingham Palace and tour the Houses of Parliament. There are so many things to do and see in London; shows, shopping, events, festivals, markets, fantastic food … Click the link and check out the website to find out more. (1 hour 45 minutes by train)
  • Bath – is famous for its beautiful architecture, iconic sights and fascinating history. Bath is only 10 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads by train and a wonderful place to relax with original roman style baths and hot spas.
  • Cardiff – the capital city of Wales offers a range of attractions, sport, culture and entertainment. There is a lively sports and entertainment scene; be sure to check the website and see what’s on. (50 minutes by train)
  • Exeter – a university city and the capital of Devon. There are plenty of museums and art galleries to see as well as excellent shopping. (1 hour by train)
  • Weymouth – a popular seaside holiday resort and host venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events. The bay offers views across the horizon of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. (2 hours 20 minutes by train)
  • Cheltenham - a Regency town that is full of beautiful architecture, award-winning gardens, shops and restaurants. It is in the centre of the Cotswolds and it is very famous for its horse racing. (40 minutes by train)
  • Chepstow Castle - a Norman Castle situated in the south of Wales, it is quite magnificent and full of history. (1 hour 30 minutes by train)
  • Clevedon - a beautiful old seaside town on the Bristol Channel. It was a very popular holiday resort during the Victorian era and a lot of the buildings date from this time. It also has a beautiful old pier which was opened in 1869. (50 minutes by bus)

Day Trips by Car

  • Cotswolds - a group of towns and villages of outstanding beauty. Some of these you can reach by public transport, but to get the most out of these beautiful places you need to travel by car.
  • Mendip Hills - an area of outstanding national beauty. This is the perfect place to come if you wish to get some fresh air in the country and go walking. (About 1 hour's drive)
  • Chew Valley - full of lots of beautiful villages and Chew Valley Lake, which is the largest lake in the South West and is great for water sports or going for a picnic. (about 45 minutes' drive)
  • North Devon and Exmoor - there are plenty of villages and towns to visit here. They take between 1.45 hours and 3 hours to get to, so you may wish to stay there overnight or for a couple of days.
  • South Devon - The scenery is very different in South Devon compared to North Devon, but one thing is the same - they are both beautiful. There is plenty to do here so you may want to spend the night. For more information about Devon and the beautiful, neighbouring county of Cornwall, please click Devon or Cornwall.
  • National Trust sites - this is an organisation that 'works to preserve and protect the coastline, countryside and buildings of England, Wales and Northern Ireland'. There are several fantastic places to visit in the local area, including castles, manor houses and beaches. Perfect for a great day out.
  • Quantock Hills - the first place in England to be classed as An Area of Outstanding National Beauty. It is a beautiful place to visit and explore on foot.