M Shed’s Historical Walks: Redcliffe

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

by Nic Billane, M Shed volunteer and walk guide


Volunteer guide, Nic Billane outside M Shed

The Redcliffe guided walks take you through the once-autonomous township of Redcliffe, where you can find some of the most impressive remains of the city.

Walkers will encounter a variety of historic landmarks, including St. Mary Redcliffe Church, Temple Meads railway station and tucked-away gems, such as the Hermit’s Cave and the remains of the city’s Water Gate.

This fascinating and often overlooked area played a vital role in establishing Bristol’s reputation as a world-class city.

It always seems to surprise and delight the walkers just how much history old and modern can be crammed into a short walk from M Shed and back.

Black and white image of inside the cave complex near Redcliffe

Part of the cave complex near Redcliffe, early 1900s. Photo: Fred Little

The sky line of Bristol continues to evolve, but many signs of significant events can still be seen, often not so obvious, but well worth exploring.

During the walk we cover aspects of Bristol’s industrial, trading, religious, and transport history which has resonated across hundreds of years.

It’s great fun to hear fellow Bristolians admitting that parts of the walk were previously unknown to them.


Walkers outside Old Hermitage near St Mary Redcliffe © Dave Blackburn

And visitors to Bristol are usually very interested in gaining some knowledge of the city and how it has shaped modern life.

All the historical walks at M Shed are free, donations are gratefully received, and bookings can be made on the day at reception.

Find out when the next Redcliffe walk is.

Main image: Walkers outside the remains of Temple Church, Redcliffe, bombed during the Bristol Blitz.


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