5 May—2 June 2024

Historical Walk: 1831 Riots

Explore the sites and learn about the causes and consequences of the citywide riots of 1831.

The riots that took place in Bristol in October 1831 were some of the most dramatic in British history. In the immediate aftermath, the city was in tatters, with countless protesters either dead or dying, and dozens of buildings in flames or fallen into heaps of rubble.

Our knowledgeable guides will retell the history of this tragic episode, exploring some of the sites that played a prominent role in the unrest.

Read more about the 1831 Riots walk on our blog.

Upcoming dates

  • Sunday 5 May, 3pm
  • Sunday 2 June, 3pm


M Shed – Gaol Ferry Steps – Louisiana Pub – Princes Street – Queens Square – Bristol Bridge – Corn Street – City Centre – Thunderbolt Square

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. The majority of the tour is suitable for wheelchairs but some areas may be difficult to navigate. To stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please follow government guidelines.

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.