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Have you ever considered teaching in Bristol? Just a two hour train journey to London, Bristol is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Here is our quick guide to why.

1) Bristol is considered by some the music capital of the UK and it attracts a large number of famous artists as well as the stars of tomorrow to its impressive venues. For larger concerts check out the O2 Academy, Colston Hall and Ashton Gate Stadium. If you are looking for a more intimate experience try The Fleece or The Louisiana. Venues here have the diversity to cater for whatever type of music you are interested in so take a night away from the marking and treat yourself to some live music!

2) Bristol is built along the River Avon and has a multitude of harbour side attractions and things to see and do. The M-Shed museum explores life and work in the city, and with free admission it’s definitely one to spend some time discovering. The ‘ship that changed the world’ – the SS Great Britain – is docked in Bristol Harbour so why not take an afternoon to learn the story of this historic ship. Also housed harbour side is Bristol Aquarium; home to an impressive collection of native and tropical marine and freshwater creatures from around the world. You could even use the aquarium to gain ideas for your next science lesson.

3) If you travel just outside the centre of Bristol to the suburb of Clifton you will discover the Clifton suspension bridge; an iconic symbol of Bristol often used as a backdrop in TV shows. Try visiting the Clifton Observatory, found on the Clifton Downs, to gain spectacular views over the bridge and the surrounding area. The observatory houses one of only two camera obscuras still open to the public in England. Walk back down towards the city centre to find Bristol Cathedral and Cabot Tower. Any one of these attractions would make a great day trip to stretch your legs away from the classroom.

4) One of Bristol’s most famous exports, Banksy has left his mark on the city in a major way – take a walking tour and see how many of his early works you can spot. Be sure to make a stop at See No Evil: the UK’s largest permanent street art project and a must see for contemporary art fans. End the day by taking a stroll through the latest high profile exhibitions at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery without spending a penny as admission is free (or by donation).

5) Students got you a bit stressed? More lesson plans than you know what to do with? A bit of retail shopping can solve most things and Bristol certainly isn’t short of a shop or two. Make your way to north Bristol and have a browse along Gloucester Road. It will take you back to a time when high streets weren’t filled with chain stores and you bumped into your neighbour whilst out shopping. For a spot of architectural marvelling with your shopping, head over to the Old City for St Nicholas Market where you can pick up vintage clothes, books and more – and the selection of food will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re feeling hip, stroll on over to Park Street where you will find enough trendy boutiques and stores to make your students jealous.

These are just a few of the reasons Bristol is so loved by its residents. Smart has schools all over Bristol. If you fancy a change of scenery or want to find out more get in contact today!

Victoria Bull

UK Administration

Smart Teachers