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Bristol: Blackbeard to Banksy Guided Walking Tour

1. Bristol: Blackbeard to Banksy Guided Walking Tour

Uncover Bristol's historic downtown area on a two-hour tour with an expert guide. Begin your tour outside Bristol Cathedral on College Green, an imposing medieval church built in the 12th century. As you walk through the downtown core, hear about the origins of the city, where it first started, and its medieval center. You'll then continue on to the Norman castle site, situated strategically between the River Avon and River Frome. See evidence of blitz damage, perpetrated by the Nazis against Bristol during the Second World War.  Throughout, you'll learn about Banksy, Brunel, Blackbeard, and many other of Bristol's famous residents (whose names may or may not start with a B). Hear bizarre echoes and finally finish on Bristol's historic harborside after seeing the smallest, largest, and most beautiful pieces of street art in the city.

From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

2. From Bristol: Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Day Tour

A day full of wonder awaits us today. Departing Bristol, your first stop for the day is the prehistoric monument Stonehenge. Many legends surround these incredible standing stones that weigh about 25 tons each and have attracted people from all over the world for years. Perhaps you believe they were created by Merlin, who magically transported them from Ireland. Maybe you believe Stonehenge is a landing site for alien spacecraft. They might remind you of the ruins of a Roman temple. You can't deny their magnificence, no matter what you believe. Avebury is your next stop. Enjoy your free time here: grab some lunch, wander around the area, and, of course, see the three stone circles. Avebury henge boasts the largest stone circle in Britain, so big it fits the entire quaint English village inside. So you can grab a pint and bite to eat while surrounded by a stone circle. Pretty magical, right? Your journey continues to the quaint village of Lacock. You have free time here, you might be interested in visiting the Abbey. Harry Potter fans will obsess over seeing the Lacock Abbey Cloisters, used as Hogwarts corridors in the movies. Visitors can also explore the medieval rooms and cloister court, before taking a look at the Fox Talbot Museum which explores the history of photography. Castle Combe is our last stop, often called one of the prettiest villages in England. Fans of movies like War Horse and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust may just recognize this spot, so get your camera ready. From here, it’s only a short drive back to Bristol.

Bristol: St. Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Tour

3. Bristol: St. Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Tour

Allow local guides to take you on a magical tour through 1,000 years of Bristol's history. Enjoy privileged access to subterranean passageways, rooftop vistas, WW11 air raid shelters, and rooms that once rocked to the best bands of the 1960s. Visit St. Nicholas Market for lunch. Your tour begins outside the main entrance of the Corn Exchange. Stroll through ancient streets to see Blitz damage, castle remains, street art, and much more. After discovering the highlights of the Old Town, head back in time and beneath the streets to explore areas of the city that are usually unavailable to the public. You'll be moved, fascinated, and amazed by the WW2 Air Raid Shelter which remains as a living time capsule hidden beneath the city. You might even meet Margaret — a friendly ghost. Along the way, learn about Bristol's role in the slave trade, piracy, and its current position as the capital of street art. Your guide will keep you informed and entertained until lunchtime when you can sample the delights of St. Nicholas Market and the finest street food in Bristol. Grab some fun souvenirs while you're at it.

Bristol: Self-Guided Sightseeing Audio Tour

4. 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 Art 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. Please note that this tour is all in English and sadly does not have an option to translate to any other language.

Bristol: Guided Ghost Tour

5. Bristol: Guided Ghost Tour

Bristol Ghost Tours is the only dedicated ghost tour available in Bristol today. We offer fully guided tours with a professional costumed guide, to take you around the old medieval heart of the city, that introduce you to a modern city crammed with ghosts and tales of the paranormal. The tour itself is family friendly, meets outside of the Bristol Cathedral on College Green at 7.30pm on tour nights, and lasts for approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. You will be taken around the as part of a group, with never more than 32 people and be immersed into the many hidden secrets and horrors that are waiting at up to 17 different haunted locations. The tour begins outside the Bristol Cathedral at 7.30pm and then weaves a trail that passes by The Hatchet Inn, the Bristol Beacon, Christmas Steps, Lower Maudlin Rd, Union St, St Nicholas Markets, Bristol Bridge, King St, Bristol Old Vic, Queens Square. The route itself is almost circular, taking in the oldest parts of the city and up to 17 different haunted locations. The tour ends in Queens Square which is very close to bus stops and the centre of the city and many pubs, cafes restaurants and hotels.

Aerospace Bristol Entrance Ticket

6. Aerospace Bristol Entrance Ticket

Step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly and embark upon an exciting journey through the history of flight. From the earliest aeroplanes to space technology and the supersonic Concorde, let Aerospace Bristol take you on a fun hands-on journey through more than a century of incredible aviation achievements. The highlight of your day will surely be the iconic Concorde. You’ll have the chance to step aboard the world's fastest passenger jet, glimpse into the cockpit, and walk through the passenger cabin to discover how Concorde passengers would travel in style. Plus, enjoy an amazing show projected on to the outside of the aeroplane. Aerospace Bristol offers a fun family day out for all ages, with interactive exhibits, an outdoor play area in the shape of an aeroplane, and children’s trails for budding engineers and pilots to enjoy.

eSIM Europe and UK for Travelers

7. eSIM Europe and UK for Travelers

Whether you're a traveler exploring the UK or embarking on a multi-country European adventure, an eSIM card ensures you're always connected. Enjoy instant mobile delivery and 1- to 30-day coverage options with 500 MB to 10 GB. This eSIM is ideal for modern travelers using devices like the iPhone or other smartphones supporting the eSIM feature. Enjoy the convenience of prepaid coverage in all major European destinations with uninterrupted connectivity and no surprises. This eSIM covers the following locations: Austria (Österreich) Belgium (Belgien) Bulgaria (Bulgarien) Cyprus (Zypern) Croatia (Kroatien) Denmark (Dänemark) Estonia (Estland) Finland (Finnland) France (Frankreich) Germany (Deutschland) Greece (Griechenland) Hungary (Ungarn) Ireland (Irland) Iceland (Island) Italy (Italien) Latvia (Lettland) Lithuania (Litauen) Luxembourg (Luxemburg) Malta Norway (Norwegen) Netherlands (Niederlande) Poland (Polen) Portugal Slovakia (Slowakei) Slovenia (Slowenien) Spain (Spanien) United Kingdom (Vereinigtes Königreich) Czech Republic (Tschechische Republik) Romania (Rumänien) Sweden (Schweden) Switzerland (Schweiz) Ukraine

Bristol: Wake The Tiger Amazement Park Entry Ticket

8. Bristol: Wake The Tiger Amazement Park Entry Ticket

Begin your Wake The Tiger experience in an abandoned paint factory before journeying into the Dream Factory, and finally making your way to the OUTERverse. Walk through the labyrinth of different rooms, enjoying the displays at your own pace. Check out the unique artworks in more than 40 different spaces and discover the story behind this alternate world during this self-guided activity that's perfect for both the young and the young at heart. Stay curious as you make your way through the various exhibits admiring and interacting with the work of hundreds of local artists. This one-of-a-kind amusement park is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Bristol: Self-Guided Smartphone Treasure Hunt

9. 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: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Learn about Bristol through the life and work of master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel on a walking tour that takes in two of his most iconic constructions. We’ll start out from the city centre docks at the world's first transatlantic steam ship, the SS Great Britain, and make our way along the mostly pedestrianised riverside to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Viewpoint, where you’ll have magnificent views of the bridge and the impressive Avon Gorge below it. Highlights include: The story of Brunel’s near-death experience, which brought him to Bristol in the first place Views of the SS Great Britain, the boat that bridged the gap between the UK and America The Brunel Swivel Bridge, which Brunel abandoned Views of the River Avon, the Avon Gorge and the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was only completed after Brunel’s death in 1859 The abandoned Clifton Rocks Railway By the end of this tour, you’ll have a better appreciation for both Brunel’s rapidly industrialising world and what he did to give shape to the world we live in today.

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4.5 / 5

based on 208 reviews

Our guide Iggy was very polite and personable. While driving between the different places, he always told us interesting information about the places we drove past and put on the right music. At the various stops you had enough time to take a look around. At Stonehenge there was a shuttle bus that you could use for free or you could walk the route. All in all, a successful day trip!

Duncan was an excellent guide who had a real passion for the tour. He was very patient with one of the youngsters that we brought along. And we all enjoyed the tour immensely. Would highly recommend this tour.

We loved this tour really interesting, very engsging guide knew his stuff and how to make it interesting. Definitely recomend this tour.

Iggy has done a great job, really enjoyed his humor and commentary and the scenery despite very rainy weather :)

Excellent interesting and well presented. Highly recommend this Bristol gem