12 September 2018

Summer walk: Medieval Bristol

Find out about Medieval Bristol on this walk that will take us from Bristol Castle and around the first circuit of town walls.

You’ll need a little imagination since Bristol Castle has now virtually disappeared (but was once one of the greatest castles in England) and the town walls have all but gone.

Along the way we’ll talk about Bristol’s First Golden Age (its Second coming in the late 17th-early 19th centuries) and some of the amazing people with which this medieval golden age was associated.

This includes Robert, Earl of Gloucester, rebuilder of Bristol Castle; William Canynges, the very wealthy merchant and ship-owner who has two memorials in St Mary Redcliffe; Thomas Norton, England’s foremost alchemist, but now all but forgotten; and, of course, John Cabot, the Italian who (probably) bumped into Newfoundland in 1497.

The walk will be led by Peter Fleming, Professor of History at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Start point

Outside the West front of St Peter’s church (opposite the Galleries)

End point

Broad Street / Tailors’ Court

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.

The summer walks are sponsored by the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.