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 one of the most dramatic events in British history. In the immediate aftermath, the city was in tatters, with hundreds of protesters either dead or dying and dozens of buildings in flames or fallen into heaps of rubble.
Our expert guides will vividly retell the history of this tragic episode, exploring some of the sites that played a prominent role in the unrest.
- Sunday 4 August, 3pm
- Sunday 1 September, 3pm
- Sunday 6 October, 3pm
- Sunday 3 November, 3pm
- Sunday 1 December, 3pm
M Shed – Gaol Ferry Steps – Louisiana Pub – Princes Street – Queens Square – Bristol Bridge – Corn Street – City Centre – Thunderbolt Square
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.
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.