City Walks Bristol

Visit the historic and vibrant City of Bristol

About Historic Bristol

There is no better way to discover and explore the historic and vibrant City of Bristol than on foot. Few other cities in Britain can boast such a treasure chest of wonderful sights and fascinating places of interest.

Bristol is said to have been founded by two Gaulish chiefs in 390BC. The city grew up in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest and has a rich maritime and cultural history. Today, old and new blend perfectly to give Bristol a very distinctive character that has established it as one of Britain’s most attractive cities.

This website contains a range of superb walks which will help you experience the very best of Bristol – ancient sites, historic buildings and churches, art galleries and museums, magnificent architecture, cobbled streets, restaurants and pavement cafés, stunning views and more. Plus, you’ll be getting one of the very best forms of exercise into the bargain!

Walk over Brunel’s awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge, or take a different route and enjoy breathtaking views of the bridge from the nearby ‘Camera Obscura’. Visit the SS Great Britain, the world’s first ever iron passenger liner and walk round the same docks where ships, such as The Matthew, first sailed to the new colonies.

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Bristol Harbour
Bristol Bridge

Bristol Bridge was originally constructed in wood. In 1247 this was replaced by a four-arched bridge of stone. However, the bridge became too small for modern traffic and…

Clifton Down
Clifton Down

At the southernmost point of Clifton Down is an idyllic green flanked by Litfield Place, Harley Place and Christ Church. Penrose Cottage on Harley Road was home to the poet…

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is a magnificent feat of engineering…

College Green

College Green, site of the crescent shaped Council House built in 1956, is approximately 3 acres and a popular local spot. The large hotel, built in 1868…

King Street Bristol
King Street

In King Street we catch a glimpse of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The street was built outside the old walled city by merchants…

Bristol Harbour
Queen's Road

At the top of Queen’s Road stand the Victoria Rooms, built in 1840. Charles Dickens gave readings here from 1866-1869. Another visitor was Oscar Wilde…

Chapel and Alms Houses
St. Augustine's Parade

In 1875, Bristol’s first tramlines were laid in the city centre. Before that and until 1892, ships sailed into the city on the River Frome. Up to 1827…

St James' Park and Church Bristol
The Haymarket

The Haymarket was originally held circa 1900 in St. James’s Churchyard. A road now covers the site, but the name remains the same…

SS Great Britain
Victoria Street

In 1240 the River Frome was diverted through Canon’s Marsh to join the Avon close to the present Bathurst Basin in order to provide a harbour…