Welcome to Bristol: Private 2.5-hour Highlights Walking Tour
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- Private Tour
- 2.5 hr
Explore the multicultural city of Bristol on this introductory walking tour and discover its most popular highlights including Banksy's Well Hung Lover, St Nicholas Market, and John Wesley's New Room.
Operated by: Travel Curious
Discover the multicultural city of Bristol in the South West of England, rich in maritime history, beautiful medieval and Georgian architecture as well as contemporary culture and street art by Banksy whose home town it is!
On your private tour, you will:
On your private tour, you will:
- Stroll the atmospheric streets of Bristol’s Old City, rich in medieval history and packed with maritime character;
- Walk to the beautiful Bristol Cathedral, and admire its unique and historic architecture - first built in 1140;
- See the now world-famous mural of Banksy's Well Hung Lover, also called the Naked Man on Frogmore Street, the first legal piece of street art in the UK;
- Wander along the historic Corn Street in the heart of Bristol, lined with majestic Georgian and Edwardian architecture, cocktail bars and lively restaurants;
- See the old Corn Exchange - the former economic hub of the city, and now a thriving indoor market;
- Stop to have a look at The Nails, 4 bronze pedestals that were used in making deals in times gone by;
- Explore St Nicholas Market in the heart of Old Bristol, housed in a Georgian arcade it is a buzzing maze of quirky stalls, grand architecture and delicious street food;
- Follow your guide down Nelson Street - famous for its range of street art, lined with independent cafes and boutiques;
- Admire the oldest Methodist building in the world, John Wesley's New Room in the heart of the old city - built in 1739;
- Walk past the evocative remains of Bristol Castle, the Norman fortress built in the 11th century near Broadmead;
- End your fascinating tour of Bristol at the Old Market, the ancient marketplace just outside the old city walls, which is going strong today with a variety of independent shops.
Bristol is a thriving contemporary city with a unique creative identity and a rich maritime heritage that blend together seamlessly, as you’ll discover on your private guided tour. As the gateway to the beautiful coastal counties of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall in the South West of England, it is a popular place to live for many working professionals.
Bristol has a really creative atmosphere – and is the home of many bands and musicians, including Portishead and Massive Attack. It also spawned Banksy and the global eruption of the street art movement, and has a veritable cornucopia of architectural styles from medieval gothic spires, to elegant Georgian Terraces and the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge. Most recently, Bristol has made global headlines with the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston during the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
On your privately guided walking tour, you will explore the historic centre, the old harbour, the elegant Corn Street and the Exchange, which retains its mercantile buzz, and learn about the maritime trade and industry of the city - and see how the old warehouses have now been converted into amazing artisanal workshops, boutiques and bars.
Admire the Gothic Bristol Cathedral and ruins of the Norman castle, contrasted with the buzz of this very modern city.
Walk down Nelson Street, the creative home of Bristol’s bold, colourful street art. Banksy is Bristol's most famous muralist, yet the transformation of the drab 1960s grey frontings to the city’s beating artsy heart owes much to a dozen or so cutting-edge graffiti maestros.
There are loads of Banksy’s in Bristol – and you’ll see many of them, including the famous ‘Well Hung Lover’ before ending your tour!
2.5 hours 30 minutes
Type of tour
Walking tour: no transportation is included
- English-Speaking Guide
- Gratuities optional
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included
- Food & drinks are not included
Couples, Family, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious
Attractions along this route:
Bristol's Old City
Bristol's 'Old City' is its historic district with several Grade I & II buildings, trendy shopping, the bustling craft beer scene, and theatres.
Built with lock gates in the 18th century to address the tides of the River Avon, the waterfront has become a focal point for travellers and locals.
The newer part of King Street was developed in the 1660's, so walking down the street now is truly a time capsule of times past.
Corn Street used to serve as the administrative and commercial street for the city; today it is a street lined with Grade I and Grade II buildings.
The Exchange, Bristol
Designed by John Wood the Elder, whose other architectural masterpieces remain today in Bath and Liverpool, the Grade I listed building is now predominantly an administrative building.
Nelson Street, Bristol
When looking for the street art for which the city has become known, begin on Nelson Street and uncover the newest works on display.
St Mary Redcliffe Church
Known for its Gothic architecture, part of the remaining church dates back to the 12th century, though the first church in the location dates back to the Saxon times.