A student's perspective: entertainment

In Bristol you’ll never be stuck for things to do!

Music and theatre

Top of Park Street at night, looking towards Wills Memorial BuildingBristol is famous for its music scene. The city includes the O2 Academy, Colston Hall, the Hippodrome and the Bristol Old Vic. Whether you want to see the latest artists or a traditional theatre show (and half the price of London), Bristol offers it all on your doorstep.

Shopping and cinema

If you love to shop or catch the latest movies then you’ll be spoilt for choice in Bristol.

In the centre there’s Cabot’s Circus, the city’s new £500 million shopping and entertainment centre!  Cabot’s circus is an architectural masterpiece. Its centrepiece is a glass roof equal to the size of one and a half football pitches and the steel reinforcements used in construction could stretch from England to South Africa!

Exterior view of Brown's RestaurantCabot’s circus also includes a 13 screen Showcase Cinema De Lux that can seat up to 3000 people. This offers cinemagoers an experience that's unrivalled in both size and luxury.  Attractions include two exclusive Director's Hall auditoriums, complete with reclining leather chairs; order-in-your seat concessions, and much, much more.

If you prefer out of town shopping then why not visit The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.  The Mall boast 135 top name stores, 7,000 free parking spaces, consistent late night opening and easy access via the M5 motorway. The Mall a great place to shop, meet friends and relax. The area also includes a large range of restaurants and a huge multi-screen cinema.

For many, Clifton Village is the most beautiful shopping area in Bristol. Stroll amongst wonderful Georgian architecture and take your pick from any one of the many up-market independent shops and boutiques. Clifton Village is the place to come for interesting shops with old-fashioned service.

Cafés, bistros, restaurants, bars and clubs

Bristol has an amazing range of cafés, bistros, restaurants, bars and clubs. These range from standard chain restaurants to local restaurants and pubs.