1 May 2024

Historical Walk: Radical Christianity in Bristol

This walk explores some of the places and characters associated with Bristol’s radical Christian groups, such as Quakers, Methodists, Baptists and more. Starting within M Shed museum itself, the walk follows a path along the docks and through the city centre, taking in the churches and meeting houses that played host to new ideas that would in time spread worldwide. It ends up at John Wesley’s New Room in Broadmead, the oldest Methodist building in the world. 

Main image: The Marriage of William Penn and Hannah Callowhill at the Friends’ Meeting House, The Friary, Bristol, 1696; oil painting by Ernest Board (1877-1934) – currently on display at M Shed

© Bristol Culture, photography by Public Catalogue Foundation/Dan Brown

Upcoming dates:

  • Wednesday 1 May, 2pm


M Shed – City Centre – Broadmead

Additional information
Volunteer guides will meet you 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.

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.