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Bristol: Tootbus Bristol Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

1. Bristol: Tootbus Bristol Discovery Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore the diverse and artistic city of Bristol on a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Discover its theatres, museums and street art with commentary. Visit one of the most important historical ships in the world, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, or sample one of the great restaurants at Bristol’s harborside and soak up the atmosphere. Have a chance to hop off and visit Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Hippodrome, and more.

Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

2. Bristol: Clifton Suspension Bridge Vaults Experiences

Explore two of the twelve impressive stone vaults that support the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Discovered just 20 years ago, the largest chamber is 11-meters-high and covered in incredible stalactites and was built by famous Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. All ticket holders must be aged 7 years or over, and must wear sturdy shoes with good grip. Hard Hat Tour One Hour. £15 General Admission This is your chance to take a look inside Brunel’s hidden vaults, rediscovered by an intrepid team of engineers and construction workers in 2002. Our knowledgeable volunteer guides will explain how the design of Brunel’s bridge was shaped by the influence of others, and how the young newcomer was able to make his name. You’ll hear all about the people who built and rediscovered the vaults before donning a hard hat, descending a ladder and taking a look for yourself. Vaults Visit One Hour. Adults £10, Children £8 Our Vaults Visits are a family-friendly way to explore inside the Leigh Woods Vaults. Put on your hard hat, climb down the ladder and follow our sensory map as you explore the largest and most significant of the twelve stone vaults – an impressive underground echo chamber 11 metres high and festooned in stalactites. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Please ensure that all members of your group are aware of the following restrictions. For safety reasons, we may not be able to allow members of your party to access the vaults if they have not complied with the following: • Tours are suitable for age 7+ and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. For school and youth groups we’d recommend a ratio of 1:5, but if you’re planning a friends and family trip parents/guardians should be responsible for the safety of their own children. Ideally a ratio of 1 adult to every 2 children is preferred. • There is a minimum height limit of 1.2m. • Please wear sturdy shoes with good grip such as hiking boots or trainers. You will not be allowed to join the tour in heels or open-toed shoes. • This tour includes climbing a vertical ladder and passing through a low corridor. Please ensure that you are physically capable of doing so. Find more information at https://cliftonbridge.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Access-Guide.pdf • Please ensure that any camera, phone, or device you bring will fit in your pocket or bag so that you have two hands free to climb the ladder. • Only small rucksack type bags worn over both shoulders or bags with cross-body straps will be permitted inside the vaults. Large bags, handbags, umbrellas and so on can be stored securely at the Visitor Centre during your tour. • Be aware that the vaults can be wet and/or muddy inside, particularly after heavy rain. Please wear suitable clothing and ensure that cameras or mobile phones are protected from the calcite saturated water which may fall from the ceiling.

Bristol: Bristol's Darkest Secrets

3. Bristol: Bristol's Darkest Secrets

Plunge into the darkest depths of Bristol's history on a chilling evening tour of the city's darker side. Explore sites of paranormal activity and hear about local urban legends. Let your guide captivate you with a mix of ghost stories, true crime, and local history.

Bristol: Bansky & Street Art City Exploration Game

4. Bristol: Bansky & Street Art City Exploration Game

Explore the wonderful street art that makes Bristol so vibrant with this exciting interactive experience. Play as a travel blogger that is back in your home city and looking for a lost love. Decipher graffiti messages to find the renowned and secretive street artist, known as 4D, who is your long lost love. Solve challenges to be guided to your next location. Starts at the Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel and be immersed in this experience for 1.5-2 hours. Pause and save the game to explore at your own pace. Finish the activity at Charlotte Street. Play in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other. Combine a love for art and travel with a fun game with this unique app.

Bristol: Self-Guided Sightseeing Audio Tour

5. Bristol: Self-Guided Sightseeing Audio Tour

The tour begins on Bristol Bridge and tells the story of Bristol’s beginnings. Learn how the city got its name, then stroll to Castle Park, the site of the original Anglo-Saxon settlement. Arrive in the Old City area of Bristol next, and learn about its fascinating history. Explore the charming Saint Nicholas Markets then pass through the only remaining city gate. Check out the area where the See No Evil Street Festival was held, and admire the gray buildings that have been brightened up by artists from across the world. Continue onto the Christmas Steps and then Colston Hall. Arrive at Bristol’s oldest pub, then pass by two of Banksy’s most famous pieces of street art. Stop by Bristol Cathedral, followed by a stroll around the College Green. Continue onto the historic Bristol Docks, then visit the famous Old Vic where you can grab a bite to eat. Along the way, listen to your audio guide’s fascinating stories about local history and culture, as well as recommendations for the best spots to visit on your stay.

Bristol: Old Market Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour

6. Bristol: Old Market Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour

Take up to five friends along on this mystery self-guided pub tour. Your tour begins at Moor brewery taproom, where you will have a guided tasting of three delicious beers brewed on the premises. Here you will be given your welcome bag too. This contains a craft beer map of Bristol, walking snacks, tokens to exchange for drinks later on, and a sheet with interesting facts about Old Market. Ask the staff about the story behind the brewery and learn about the beer that they proudly serve. Follow your map and venture to 3 other brilliant, independent locations in the area: a traditional pub with outdoor space, a bar, a cafe, and a craft beer bar. There's a Bristol brewed beer or two at each venue included in the price (just hand over your token), but feel free to stay for more. Enjoy a laid-back tour that you can do at your own pace.

Bristol: City Waterfront Exploration Game

7. Bristol: City Waterfront Exploration Game

Explore Bristol's charming waterfront on a city exploration game solving puzzles to unlock location clues via an app on your phone. Reenact the role of a person who has to put together a mysterious photo album, truly engaging in the game. Have fun with the whole family or as a group of friends. Start your game at The Lookout Lectern and head off on your adventure. Solve challenges and watch as the story unfolds on your app, with exact directions on your phone guiding you to your next location. Best of all, play the game at your own pace, pausing it whenever you feel like a coffee or meal break and resuming anytime from the location where you paused it.

Bristol: Self-Guided Smartphone Treasure Hunt

8. Bristol: Self-Guided Smartphone Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt adventure through the streets of Bristol with this weblink-based smartphone game. Interact with a screen layout that is easy-to-use. Make your way through the city with the help of interesting characters, a treasure map, and your own sense of adventure.  Get to know facinating characters like Captain Bess, a snarky pirate that is testing out new recruits to join her ship. Follow the directions that Bess gives you on a carefully designed route through the city. Start amid the greenery of Castle Park and pass through ancient alleyways, covered markets, elaborate squares and the vibrant harbor. Finish the game just minutes away from where you began. Use the treasure maps to get to each destination. Decipher clues at each location with your friends or complete the challenge on your own. See things you’d never normally notice as you search high and low for the answer. Ask for hints if you get stuck. Unlock interesting facts and stories along the way about each location and get a better understanding of the facinating history of Bristol.

Bristol Self-Guided Mystery Tour - The Sabotaged Balloon

9. Bristol Self-Guided Mystery Tour - The Sabotaged Balloon

Begin your adventure at Bristol's oldest coffee house, and embark on a quest to unravel the mystery of Archie Russell and his amazing flying machine! Solve the clues, eliminate the suspects, and unmask the mysterious villain behind Bristol's most daring act of sabotage! As the story goes, on the 9th May 1812, Bristol’s most prominent businessmen gathered in Queen Square to witness the incredible maiden flight of Archie Russell's 'Amazing Flying Machine' but were shocked when moments after take-off it crashed into a tree below! Climbing from the wreckage, Archie discovered that someone had tampered with his balloon and cut one of his steering ropes in a terrible act of sabotage! Why would someone want to destroy Archie's life’s work? Was it a personal grudge against him? Or did a competitor want to stifle the competition? As you unravel the mystery you will discover Bristol's amazing hidden history, visit its most atmospheric taverns, and soak up legendary stories of the city's most notorious characters and places!

Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour

10. Gloucester and Lacock Harry Potter Day Tour

The Harry Potter Tour of Gloucester and Lacock is a magical adventure to some of England's most historic places and scenic countryside. See filming locations, including sites used in actual scenes from Hogwarts School, or which served as an inspiration to the filmmakers. On the Harry Potter tour, experience one of the most beautiful villages in England and get a guided tour around the ancient streets and its local abbey. Stretch your legs and soak up the history of this picturesque village before a visit to the cathedral city of the Cotswolds. Visit the magnificent cathedral which doubled as Hogwarts School. Learn how the films were made, discuss the books and hear trivia about the magical world of Harry Potter. Have the chance to walk around the locations you visit, take pictures, and re-create some of the scenes from the films.  Feel free to dress up as Harry or any other character in the series! On the tour, Harry Potter trivia questions will be asked, so keep your spell book handy to test your knowledge of spells and see how well you know Harry, Ron and Hermione. 

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What people are saying about Bristol

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 162 reviews

This is a first rate activity o for both a seasoned Bristolian or a one-time visitor. The majesty of Brunel’s suspension bridge has to be seen to be believed. Being one of the privileged few to venture underneath into the vaults to see the toil of Victorian building work is incredible and the shear scale of the space is incredible. The volunteer tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. I would recommend this trip to anyone. 10/10

Great guide, I loved it. Only problem was finding the start point, I should have looked at a map instead of using Google Maps as they sent me round Bristol in a very long way. Also, download all the Apps needed in advance of going away from wifi, I didn't do this and was lucky my phone battery lasted the duration.

Drivers efficient & friendly Toured Bristol for the first time and the places to visit. Enjoyed finding out the history of Bristol.

Really enjoyable and I retesting tour. Easy to follow and plenty of options to pause and continue at your leisure

Great way of discovering the city and great information provided. Thoroughly enjoyed it!