Tour of Bristol's Old City and Historic Harbourside


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Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for older children under supervision

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (basic)

Pirates, profit and preachers

For 6 centuries Bristol was the 2nd city and port in England and played a big part in the development of the colonies which eventually became an Empire, and more latterly a Commonwealth. This guided walk takes in some of the historic harbour and what remains of the mediaeval city which John Cabot left in 1497 when he sailed westwards across the Atlantic to find Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.
Now a vibrant modern city with an attractive cafe culture Bristol still cherishes its rich heritage and links with personalities from the past such as Cabot, John Wesley, William Penn(sylvania), and Cary Grant (known as 'Archibald Leach' by Bristolians).

This tour can be adapted as a SHORE EXCURSION from cruise ships docked at Bristol. Please message me for a quote before booking.


Meet/start at any mutually convenient location (eg your hotel reception) taking in the historic harbourside and the old city.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: To be arranged using the TBL message system.

End location: To be arranged using the TBL message system

Duration: 2 hours


This is not an energetic hike but it is a guided walk so participants should be able to walk unaided for an hour at a time. Many streets are cobbled with raised footpaths and some steps.

What’s Included

Other: A personal and exclusive guided tour of the Old City of Bristol and the Historic Harbourside with your own 'Blue Badge' tour guide.

Blue Badge Guides are trained, licensed, regulated and accredited by the UK tourist authorities; they are regarded as 'top of the range'

What’s Extra

Other: There is an option to extend this tour to visit the 19th century Clifton Suspension Bridge, the symbol of the city where there are spectacular views. It is reached by a short bus ride or taxi ride.
Allow not less than one hour extra time and:
* bus fare (1.50 GBP per person) or taxi fare of 10.00 GBP per car, and
* a further 60.00 GBP guide fee.
This option must be pre-arranged via the TBL message system.


I am based Bath/Bristol. Where transport is required I can arrange for private executive class transport and driver. Alternatively I may accompany you in your self-drive rental car or I can 'step on'/'step off' your pre-booked coach.

A Recent Review of this tour

A half day on Bristol was highlighted by a visit to the SS Great Briton, a walk around city center and a visit to the suspension bridge. Mike was knowledgeable and had lots of interesting stories about the people and places of Bristol.
Lee Decker

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