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Bristol: Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour with Optional Tasting

Activity provider: Bristol Hoppers

Bristol: Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour with Optional Tasting

Activity provider: Bristol Hoppers

From US$ 4.55 per person

Immerse yourself in Bristol's incredible craft beer scene on a self-guided tour with an your audio guide. Add an optional guided tasting to try 3 beers at one of the breweries along your tour route.

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Duration 4 hours
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Optional audio guide


  • Relax with a craft beer at one or more of the five superb Bristol breweries along the route
  • Hear stories and fun local facts about the places as you pass
  • Visit a traditional English pub where you can sit in the beer garden with a pint of ale.
  • No need to keep your phone out, the tour uses your GPS to give you directions and information at the right time.
Full description
Did you know Bristol has more breweries per capita than any other English city? There is so much to learn about Bristol's beer scene and your passionate guide has made an audio tour so that you can experience it for yourself, at your own pace, with all the insider knowledge. The tour begins at the historic Bristol Temple Meads train station. As you walk, you'll first hear the story behind Isambard Kingdom Brunel's engineering achievement before being introduced to the scale of Bristol's beer scene. While you build a thirst, your guide will tell you about the first stop, a little brewpub in a railway arch. As your tour GPS enabled, feel free to pop inside and continue the tour at your leisure. Enjoy a beer brewed on-site or choose from an excellent selection of guest beers in a variety of styles such as Pale Ales, IPA's, sours and stouts. As with all of the stops along the tour, there are also ciders, wines, and soft drinks so that non-beer drinkers can also have a great day. It's only five minutes until your next stop, which was Bristol's first brewery taproom (which is essentially a bar usually attached to or within a brewery, to showcase their own beers). By the time you reach it, you'll know why it is unique and important to the current beer scene in so many ways. If you book the guided beer tasting option, this will take place here one hour after your chosen start time. Otherwise, arrive at your leisure and relax inside or in the sunny beer garden before heading on. On your way to the next taproom, you'll learn why breweries are commonly found in industrial estates, a little information about the brewing process and be fully armed with information about the brewery you are about to arrive at. Here you will find traditional cask (live) ales alongside modern craft beer styles. Next up is an award-winning traditional English pub, owned by a Bristol brewery. There's a fire for colder days and a beer garden for the warmer months. If you choose to stop here, you won't be disappointed as this local pub has a drink for everyone's tastes. Before reaching the next cluster of breweries, your guide will tell you about and describe how to reach other taprooms and brilliant local bars for another time or after your tour. You will also learn some interesting history about the Old Market area, which was once just outside castle gates. If you are still after another little rest, there are two taprooms within just a minute of each other. So, after being shown the Bristol and Bath railway path and hearing some local's tales, your guide will give you the background story of both breweries and take you to each so that you can decide in what order, if any, to finish your evening. There's enough stops and advice to keep you entertained for more than one day. If you have the time, you could take the tour as two parts over a weekend or more. Please drink responsibly and do not try to have a drink everywhere in one session!
  • Self-guided audio tour for 1 device/person
  • Guided tasting with 3 small beers of your choice, all brewed on site (if option selected)
  • Food and Drinks (apart from tasting of three small beers if you choose that option)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones

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Meeting point

You can see the grand main entrance of Bristol Temple Meads train station from the corner of Temple Gate and Station Approach. Facing the grand main entrance to the station, the tour starts on the left-hand side of the bottom of Station Approach. There's a cafe on the corner with plenty of cobbled outdoor space for you to stand out of the way of passing people for a few minutes while you start your tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Headphones
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Charged Smartphone

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • You must have an Android or i-Phone to be able to download the audio tour, and a set of headphones. Without these, you will not be able to access the location enabled tour or clearly hear the audio. To avoid using mobile data while walking, you can download the tour in advance.
  • Booking the beer tasting option? If you want time for more than a half pint at the first stop (a brewpub), start earlier. Aim to leave there 50 minutes after your start time. You can start up to 35 mins late if you skip the first stop.
  • Please drink responsibly.
  • There's enough stops and advice to keep you entertained for more than one day. You can take the tour as two parts over a weekend or more. Otherwise, choose your stops and beer sizes carefully.
  • You must be over the age of 18, or the legal drinking age in your country of residence. Please carry ID so you can prove your age if needed. Accompanied children are welcome in most of the venues before 8pm.
  • Well behaved dogs on leads are always welcome.
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It is an opportunity to get to know good craft breweries that would otherwise be very difficult to reach. There is a new one, some new one that did not come out on the route.

July 22, 2022

Product ID: 399344