Whether it’s shopping, food, music or culture, Bristol is truly the cosmopolitan capital of the South West, offering everything you could want from a major city. If high-end fashion is your thing, you will love pottering around Cabot Circus, which boasts over 120 high-street stores and designer brands – including Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser.

Foodies will be in heaven, with a plethora of options to suit any style or mood; from the fine-dining experience of Michelin star restaurants such as Bulrush or Paco Tapas, to the authentic street food served at St Nicholas Market.

When summer arrives, the buzz is palpable. There’s so much to do, like visiting the famous pubs, theatres, clubs, or soaking in the atmosphere at one of the city’s iconic festivals, such as Bristol Harbour Festival or The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

If you are a sports fan, there are countless gyms and clubs to join, in addition to professional football, rugby and cricket on display across a number of venues, including Ashton Gate and Bristol County Cricket Ground.