Accommodation in the UK and Ireland
London is an exciting metropolis which caters for all tastes. With its huge array of restaurants, bars and clubs you're bound to find the perfect place for a meal, drink and dance. Many of England's most famous attractions are in London, including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Madame Tussaud's. There are several large parks throughout the city and the River Thames winds its way amongst outstanding architecture. You'll be spoilt for choice for education establishments in this capital city, from language schools and colleges to universities.
Brighton is rich in culture and history and has a number of famous
attractions, including the Palace Pier and Royal Pavillion. Known as
London-by-Sea, Brighton is less than hour away from England's capital
city, London. Gatwick Airport is also easily accessible by rail, just a
thirty minute journey away. Brighton is home to two major universities
- the Universty of Sussex and University of Brighton - as well as
several language schools, including St Giles College Brighton, House of
English and EF International School of English Brighton. There are also
plenty of green spaces, such as Preston Park, with its tennis courts
Edinburgh is a historic capital city full of education establishments, including
language schools (Regent Edinburgh) and universities (Heriot-Watt University,
Napier University and University of Edinburgh). The city's major attractions
include Edinburgh Playhouse, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotch
Whisky Heritage Centre and The Royal Mile, which runs from Edinburgh Castle to
the Palace of Holyrood, the Queen's official residence. In August you can enjoy
the opera, theatre, music and dance of the Edinburgh International Festival, the
comedy of the Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Tattoo, a musical military
Other Great Destinations
Bath is a World Heritage city known for its spectacular Roman baths, stunning
Georgian architecture and variety of exhibitions and festivals. Culture vultures
won't be disappointed in Bath, from the ancient Roman hot springs to the
American Museum, which displays nineteenth-century artefacts housed in beautiful
gardens. You will find English language schools in the city, such as
International House Bath, as well as further education establishments, including
Bath Spa University. You can take a ten minute rail ride from Bath Spa Station
to Bristol or catch a train to Cardiff, capital of Wales, which is just over an
hour's journey away.
Birmingham is one of the largest cities in Europe and offers a range of things
to see and do, as well as two universities and several colleges. Join
Birmingham's vibrant community of one million residents and spend a day
exploring the excellent shopping opportunities, including the jewellery quarter
and Selfridges. You can experience Asian culture with a trip to the Balti
Triangle, indulge your sweet tooth with a trip to Cadbury World or enjoy
international sporting events in the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham. After a
day of studying at one of the many educational establishments in Birmingham you
can enjoy a concert at the NEC.
Bournemouth is a lively town on the Southern coast of England that combines
traditional charm with contemporary amenities. Choose Bournemouth for your study
stay and you can enjoy summer walks along the seven miles of sandy beaches.
Bournemouth is packed with tourist attractions, from the Bournemouth Oceanarium
to the Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion. You can enjoy a harbour
cruise or take in 20 miles of views from a height of 500 feet on the Bournemouth
Eye, a tethered hot air balloon. Bournemouth University and the Arts Institute
at Bournemouth provide further education opportunities during your study stay.
Bristol has been designated a European Centre of Culture and offers a huge array
of festivals and events through the year. Its harbourside location provides a
pretty backdrop for its museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants and shops.
There are spectacular manmade attractions in Bristol, including Brunel's
suspension bridge, as well as natural spectacles, such as the Avon Gorge.
Bristol is home to language schools, such as The English Language Centre
Bristol, as well as two universities - the University of Bristol and University
of the West of England. You could visit the historic Roman town of Bath within a
ten minute rail journey.
Cambridge is a beautiful location for a study stay in the UK, thanks to the
punts on the River Cam and the stunning colleges of the University of Cambridge.
You will also find language schools, such as Eurocentres Cambridge and New
School of English, in Cambridge. This typically English town is home to pleasant
green spaces, including Fenner's Cricket Ground and University Botanic Garden,
beautiful landscaped gardens which cover 40 acres and contain over 10,000
labelled plant species in a range of settings, including Rock Garden, Woodland
Walk, Lake, Winter Garden and Glasshouses. Central London is just over an hour
away by train.
Durham is a historic city in the North East of England, famous for its friendly
people and amazing buildings. Both Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle are
designated World Heritage Sites. The cathedral has been voted Britain's
best-loved building and is widely considered the world's finest example of
Norman religious architecture. The castle is now home to one of Durham
University's colleges and you can even stay overnight inside its historic walls.
Explore the cobbled streets of this medieval city and enjoy a visit to a
traditional tea shop or pub before heading into the surrounding Northumbrian
Exeter is an historic city in the South West of England. The River Exe and the
ship canal provide beautiful walks towards the city centre, which is home to
Exeter Cathedral, St Nicholas' Priory and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum.
There are also lots of leisure pursuits on offer, including windsurfing, diving,
horseriding, tennis and golf. Exeter has many educational establishemtns, such
as the University of Exeter, Exeter College, SKOLA English in Exeter, Exeter
Academy and International School. Powderham Castle, Devon's coasts and rugged
Dartmoor are all within easy reach, and the city of Bristol is just over an hour
away by train.
Hatfield is home to the University of Hertfordshire and is just a 25 minute tube
journey from Central London, where you will find language schools - including
Central School of English - and universities, including Birkbeck, within walking
distance. The town is conveniently located within a 20 minute journey of
Stansted Airport and Luton Airport, making regional and international air
connections easy. There are several bars and restaurants in the town as well as
the Galleria shopping centre. History fans will enjoy a visit to Hatfield House,
a Jacobean mansion built in 1611 for Queen Elizabeth I's chief minister Robert
Henley-on-Thames is famous for the Henley Royal Regatta, a truly English event
rich in tradition. The regatta was first staged in 1839 and is historically
linked with the Royal Family. The town is home to Henley Management College as
well as Henley College, which runs a very succesful foreign language
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and an English Language for
Foreign Speakers course. Reading and High Wycombe train stations are nearby with
rail services direct into Central London, but the town also has its own
attractions, including the Bohun Gallery, the Henley Exhibition Centre and the
Keele is one of the villages in the North Staffordshire area known popularly as
the Potteries, home of a huge china and pottery manufacturing industry. Whilst
staying in Keele you can enjoy leisurely walks in a number of local beauty
spots, including Cannock Chase, the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak
District. Take the short journey to Stoke on Trent and you'll be able to visit
places such as the Potteries Shopping Centre and the Wedgwood Visitor Centre and
Museum. Alton Towers theme park is also nearby. Educational establishments in
the area include Keele University, Stoke on Trent College and Esperanto Centre
Leeds is a large city in the North of England, well-known for its clothing trade
and offering a whole host of attractions today. Sports fans can enjoy cricket at
Headingly and golfers can choose from seven courses. Performing arts enthusiasts
should head to the Grand Theatre and the Civic Theatre. Visit the Victorian
Quarter and Edwardian Kirkgate Market or strike out into the Yorkshire Dales.
This city in Yorkshire is home to loads of education establishments too,
including universities (the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan
University) and specialist colleges (Leeds College of Art and Design and Leeds
College of Music).
Liverpool is known as the home of the Beatles and you can learn more about them
at the Beatles Story Museum. Other atractions in this North West city include
the Empire Theatre, Walker Art Gallery, Tate Gallery, Albert Dock, Maritime
Museum, Museum of Life and the two football stadiums. Liverpool is also home to
several education establishments, including three universities - University of
Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University
College - several specialist colleges, such as Liverpool Institute for
Performing Arts and SAE Institute Liverpool, and language schools such as
Eurpoean Languages Centre.
Manchester is a thriving metropolis in North England, which was first developed
by the Romans as a wooden fort in 80AD. This diverse, multicultural city has a
buzzing Gay Village and large Chinatown, as well as great venues for live music,
comedians and musicals. Manchester has many education establishments, including
University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester
Academy of English. You can view at Whitworth Art Gallery, wander around
Manchester Cathedral and Manchester Museum, watch football at Manchester City's
ground or Old Trafford, shop at the Arndale Centre, or enjoy a show at the MEN
Newcastle is a buzzing city at the forefront of technical innovation. Having
played an important part in nineteenth-century industry, the twenty-first
century hails Newcastle as one of the most popular cities for weekend breaks in
the country. See a play at the Theatre Royal, watch a concert at Metro Radio
Arena and City Hall, or visit the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. In the
evening hit the waterfront - Quayside is full of bars and restaurants. There are
three universities in Newcastle - Northumbria University, the University of
Newcastle Upon Tyne and Kingston University - as well as many other education
Newquay is known as 'surfers' paradise' thanks to its seven miles of sand across
eleven beaches, including Towan, North and South Fistral, Watergate, Lusty Glaze
and Tolcarne. Newquay is home to the Rip Curl Boardmasters' Yearly Festival and
the town has plenty of bars and restaurants in which to relax after a day in the
surf. Whilst staying in this beautiful South West corner of England you could
catch a shuttle bus to the Eden Project to learn about man's relationship with
plants in the world's largest greenhouse. Explore further afield in Cornwall and
visit the sites of the King Arthur legends, Tintagel Castle and Bodmin Moor.
Norwich, capital of East Anglia, has a number of education establishments,
including the University of East Anglia, Norwich University and Norwich
Institute for Language Education. Norwich was a major medieval town and has over
30 flint-built medieval churches as well as a magnificent 900 year old Norman
cathedral, which boasts England's largest monastic cloisters. Norwich Castle
Museum & Art Gallery dates back to the 12th century and houses the world's
largest teapot collection! You can shop at the open-air market or enjoy many
festivals - from music and comedy to beer! TV chef Delia Smith owns the local
football team Norwich City.
Nottingham, the regional capital, is located within a county of outstanding
natural beauty. With nearby Sherwood Forest – Robin Hood's home – providing a
beautiful green getaway, you can combine scenic country walks with a bustling
town centre when you stay in Nottingham. From the Galleries of Justice and
Nottingham Castle to the National Ice Centre and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground,
you'll find plenty of things to see and do in Nottingham. There are also a
number of educational establishments in the area, including Nottingham Trent
University, Nottingham University, West Nottinghamshire College and Sherwood
International Language Centre.
Oxford is a city of spires - prepare to be mesmerised by the beautiful colleges
of the University of Oxford and the punts on the River Thames. There are many
more education establishments in this beautiful English city, including Oxford
Brookes University and language schools such as Oxford Intensive Language
School, Lake School of English and MM Oxford Study Services. Explore further
afield and you can be at Churchill's childhood home - Blenheim Palace - within a
thirty minute bus journey. You could also enjoy a tour of Ridgeway, the
Cotswolds and the Chilterns or stay in Oxford and take a tour of the historic
city by open top bus.
Telford is known as the Birthplace of the Industrial
Revolution and is located in a region of outstanding natural beauty. This new
town is named after Thomas Telford, an engineer and architect. There are lots of
attractions to visit in the surrounding areas, including the Severn Valley
Railway and the RAF Museum. Whilst staying in Telford be sure to visit the World
Heritage Site of the Ironbridge Gorge. You can learn all about the iron bridge,
which was built across the River Severn in 1779, at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
This museum is the only place in the world to still produce wrought iron, which
is exported to Japan.
Wolverhampton is known as 'the town on the hill' and has
a number of historic buildings, including St John's Church, home to one of
England's most famous organs. Shopping fans will be pleased to learn that
Wolverhampton City Centre recently won the BCSC Award. Arts venues include
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Arena Theatre, The Grand Theatre and Civic and
Wulfrun Halls, a major concert venue for the Black Country. There are also lots
of sports venues in Wolverhampton, including Britain's first floodlit
all-weather racecourse. The University of Wolverhampton and City of
Wolverhampton College provide education for many students.
York is a walled city that is rich in heritage and boasts
a lively nightlife. Traditionally York has been one of the North's most famous
cities and attractions such as Yorkshire Museum, National Railway Museum and
Jorvik Viking Museum provide you with an opportunity to explore the history of
the area. You will also find a number of modern bars, cafes and restaruants, as
well as a full range of shops. During your educational visit to York you will
also be able to visit a number of the local language schools, universities and
colleges, which include English in York, Melton College York, the University of
York and Askham Bryan College.
Aberdeen and the Grampian Highlands are considered to be
Scotland's Castle and Whisky country, home to thirteen castles and eight
distilleries on the world's only Malt Whisky Trail. Located in North East
Scotland, Aberdeen itself is an old town with an enchanting skyline of granite
buildings. Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city and is home to the
University of Aberdeen as well as several attractions, including Gordon
Highlanders Museum, Duthie Park Gardens, Winter Gardens and the Lemon Tree -
Aberdeen's year round festival fringe. This capital of the Grampian Highlands
has a range of restaurants, shops, nightlife and culture.
Glasgow is a bustling city with loads of attractions,
shops and restaurants. To see the mark architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has
left on the city visit the permanent exhibition at the Lighthouse. Glasgow has a
huge number of education establishments, from universities (Glasgow Caledonian
University, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde) to colleges
(including Glasgow School of Art) and language schools (such as Glasgow School
of English and Live Language Glasgow). After a busy day of study enjoy gigs and
concerts at one of the many live music venues in Glasgow, including The Arches,
Carling Academy and SECC.
Inverness is the capital of The Highlands in Scotland and
is most famous as the home of the Loch Ness Monster - be sure to take a look for
yourself! Inverness is perfect for cyclists and walkers and is well located for
great days out - you could take a day trip to Skye and Orkney or enjoy a short
drive to Culloden Battlefield and Urquhart Castle, just a short journey away.
Inverness centre has plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops and Inverness College
is easily accessible from the centre. You can catch a train from Inverness to
Edinburgh or Glasgow, both three and a half hours away, or to Aberdeen, which is
around two hours away.
St Andrews is a historic town in the Kingdom of Fife.
Known as the world home of golf, St Andrews has the country's most impressive
courses, including the Old Course and Royal golf clubs. Whilst staying in St
Andrews you can also visit the Sea Life Centre, Cathedral, Castle, Museum and
Botanic Garden. The town's higher education institute, the University of St
Andrews, attracted Prince William, who recently graduated from the university
with an MA in Geography. St Andrews is also home to the English Language
Teaching Centre. Edinburgh is an hour away by train from Leuchars and a six hour
train journey will take you to London.
Dublin is a thriving cultural centre and a great place
for students, since half the population is under the age of 25. Home to the
University of Dublin Trinity College and many language schools, including
Language Centre of Dublin, the capital of Ireland is the ideal location for your
educational stay in the Emerald Isle. You can relax on St Stephen's Green and
the River Liffey, visit Dublin Castle and the Irish Film Institute and then
dance the night away in the friendly bars and clubs of the Temple Bar district.
Explore the coast on the DART Line and visit Sandycove, where you'll find the
Joyce Museum in the amazing Martello Tower.
Cardiff, capital of Wales, has been short listed for the
2008 European Capital of Culture title and during your study stay you could
visit Cardiff Castle and the Museum of Welsh Life. Cardiff also hosts important
sporting events at world-class arenas: be sure to visit the Millennium Stadium
on your trip. There is a large student population and several education
establishments in the city, including language schools (Cardiff Language
Academy), colleges (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) and universities
(Cardiff University and University of Wales Institute). London is just two hours
away via train and Bristol is within an hour.
Swansea is located in South Wales, within an hour's
journey of the country's capital Cardiff. There are numerous attractions in and
around Swansea, including historic Swansea Castle, sweeping Swansea Bay and the
exotic Plantasia tropical hot house. There are plenty of bars and clubs in
Swansea – two of the hottest spots are Wind Street and The Kingsway. Educational
establishments in Swansea include the University of Swansea, Swansea College and
English language schools such as Linkward Languages and English Study Centre. If
you want to explore nearby English cities then you can hop on a train and be in
Bristol in one and a half hours.