17 September 2015

Historical Walk: Old City

Discover a millennium of history on this 1.8 mile walk around the heart of Bristol’s old city.

Our expert walk leaders will point out locations which saw the birth of the city, its growth and later decline as a major seaport and centre of commerce.  Discover some of the events, people and places that earned the city a place in national history, culture and the arts.

The walk is at a gentle pace on level terrain and is suitable for participants at all levels of physical ability.


  • Thursday 17 September 10.30am
  • Thursday 22 October 10.30am
  • Thursday 19 November 10.30am
  • Thursday 17 December 10.30am

M Shed – King Street – Wine Street – Welsh Back – Queen Square – M Shed

Additional information
Volunteer guides will meet you at M Shed information desk 5-10 minutes before the walk is due to begin. There will be breaks at key locations where the volunteers will point out sites of key interest and talk about their significance. Tours are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Suitable clothing
Although the routes are not strenuous, please be aware that surfaces may be uneven and could be slippery when wet. We strongly recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather with warm/waterproof clothing and comfortable footwear.

For your safety
Please take care when crossing busy roads and always use the designated crossings where indicated. Please be aware of other road users and pedestrians, particularly by leaving space on pavements for people to cross safely.

More Historical Walks

  • Redcliffe: Venture on our guided walk into the once-autonomous township of Redcliffe, where you’ll find some of the most impressive remains of historical Bristol.
  • Floating Harbour: Join our expert guides as they take you on a trip into Bristol’s old docklands, pointing out its maritime heritage.
  • Windmill Hill: Join our expert guides on a historical walk around Bedminster and Victoria Park looking at the key features of the Victorian expansion of south Bristol.