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11 – 13 September 2020 // Immersive Audio Tours

  • Friday
  • Saturday

Welcome aboard for a tour of Bristol’s Industrial Heritage.
We’ve teamed up with people across the city to create a socially distanced tour of our favourite boats and bridges. Discover the secrets of the city’s most famous vessels and iconic bridges, and traverse a long lineage of maritime history, guided by a multitude of Bristol’s most knowledgeable voices.
Climb aboard Tower Belle for a return tour from the city centre into the Cumberland Basin.
Boats on the tour include: The extraordinary SS Great Britain, the MV Balmoral (a classic excursion vessel) and Mayflower (a Victorian steam tug).
Bridges on the tour include: Pero’s bridge, Merchants’ Bridge, Castle Bridge, Plimsoll Bridge and the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge.
We’ve significantly reduced the capacity of the boats to allow for social distancing. Masks must be worn on board.
Pick Up Point: The boat picks up at City Centre Cascade Steps and drops off a minute away at Watershed Pontoon to facilitate distancing.
No refunds or exchanges possible unless changes to government guidelines prevent the event from taking place.

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Follow in the footsteps of actors from the last 250 years and step out on to our stage as we celebrate Bristol Open Doors Weekend.
In celebration of Bristol Open Doors weekend Bristol Old Vic invites you to take centre stage. Step into the spotlight and explore our theatre from the perspective of the cast and crew.
Gain insight into Bristol Old Vic’s two-and-a-half-century history through a mini tour with one of our experienced tour guides on your journey from the stage door to the forestage.
Tours will commence from the Bristol Old Vic Stage Door on the Rackhay.
A step-free version of the tour is possible. Please specify this when booking so we can ensure our tour guide knows in advance.
Everyone on the tour should wear a face covering where possible, and maintain a safe distance from the tour guide and other households on the tour at all times.
No refunds or exchanges possible unless changes to government guidelines prevent the event from taking place.

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  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

What stories does the harbour hold? Which tales lie untold?
In 2020 Bristol’s quayside drew the eyes of the world. Join us for a journey through 1,000 years of history from the Merchant traders, slaves and slavers, to a statue thrown unceremoniously into the water.
Featuring No. 10 Guinea Street, Bristol’s lively harbourside, hidden caves and Mshed docks, this special tour is created by the multi award-winning city poet Vanessa Kisuule in collaboration with the people of Bristol.
Hear from the curators, the shakers and the history-makers of this radical city.
Starting Point: The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay
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About the Tours
Explore Bristol in a series of digital audio walking tours. Uncover the city’s secrets, guided by the people who know Bristol best. Listen to local legends as they guide you on your journey, from ship captains to graffiti artists, historians to craft brewers. This tour is created by Bristol Open Doors in partnership with VisitBristol, MShed, Bristol Harbour Festival, 10 Guinea St, Watershed, Bristol Ferry Boats and the people of Bristol.
How will it work?
1. The tours are suitable for explorers of all ages, and start on the harbour. All you need is a smartphone and headphones. 2. Pick your preferred day and start time and buy your tickets. 3. The day before the tour, we'll send you simple instructions to download the app and your chosen tour in advance of the weekend. 4. Ensure your phone is fully charged and arrive at the starting point to join your fellow adventurers for a socially-distanced introduction, given by one of our producers. 5. Press play and follow the instructions for your personal tour. The tours take between 60 - 90 minutes, depending on your pace, and you can stop whenever you want. Please arrive promptly at the stated start time. 6. Explore!
Will it be socially distanced?
Absolutely. Places on each tour are limited to avoid crowding, and the tours guide you to outdoor areas only. There will be ample room for adventurers to spread out on your personal journey. We ask everyone to adhere to government guidelines of social distancing, and to be considerate of fellow explorers.
No refunds or exchanges. The tours are designed to be covid-proof. In the rare event of further lockdown, we will reschedule the dates, and give you the option to join on the new dates or do the tour at a time of your choosing.

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  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Nestled in the heart of modern Bristol is the ruin of a sacred Temple.
Giving its name to much of the city, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar. Made famous by ‘The Da Vinci Code’, this religious military order built a world-wide empire - now steeped in myth and legend. Remnants of Bristol’s medieval past can be found all around the city, if you know where to look...
Travel through time and temple, from the Crusades to present day. From Colston’s baptism to the secret ale-house meetings of abolitionists, journey through the destruction of the Bristol Blitz, across Bristol’s healing gardens, and finally arrive at the glorious Finzels Reach - the modern-day home of Channel 4 and Historic England.
Starting Point: The Architecture Centre, 16 Narrow Quay
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About the Tours
Explore Bristol in a series of digital audio walking tours. Uncover the city’s secrets, guided by the people who know Bristol best. Listen to local legends as they guide you on your journey, from ship captains to graffiti artists, historians to craft brewers. Historic Bristol is created in partnership with English Heritage, Cubex, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Museums and Archives and VisitBristol.
How will it work?
1. The tours are suitable for explorers of all ages, and start on the harbour. All you need is a smartphone and headphones. 2. Pick your preferred day and start time and buy your tickets. 3. The day before the tour, we'll send you simple instructions to download the app and your chosen tour in advance of the weekend. 4. Ensure your phone is fully charged and arrive at the starting point to join your fellow adventurers for a socially-distanced introduction, given by one of our producers. 5. Press play and follow the instructions for your personal tour. The tours take between 60 - 90 minutes, depending on your pace, and you can stop whenever you want. Please arrive promptly at the stated start time. 6. Explore!
Will it be socially distanced?
Absolutely. Places on each tour are limited to avoid crowding, and the tours guide you to outdoor areas only. There will be ample room for adventurers to spread out on your personal journey. We ask everyone to adhere to government guidelines of social distancing, and to be considerate of their fellow explorers.
No refunds or exchanges. The tours are designed to be covid-proof. In the rare event of further lockdown, we will reschedule the dates, and give you the option to join on the new dates or do the tour at a time of your choosing.

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  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Home to Europe’s largest street art festival, Upfest, and the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol is famed for its vibrant painted streets & multi-coloured horizons.
But why is the city so colourful? Who brought street art to Bristol? What’s the story behind the paint?
Starting on the Harbourside, this walking tour ventures into the south of the city, home of the Upfest murals. Hear the stories behind vibrant Bristol from local artists, historians, residents and celebrities - the people who know Bristol best.
Starting Point: M Shed, Museum Square
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About the Tours
Explore Bristol in a series of digital audio walking tours. Uncover the city’s secrets, guided by the people who know Bristol best. Listen to local legends as they guide you on your journey, from ship captains to graffiti artists, historians to craft brewers. Vibrant Bristol is created in partnership with Upfest, Show of Strength and VisitBristol.
How will it work?
1. The tours are suitable for explorers of all ages, and start on the harbour. All you need is a smartphone and headphones. 2. Pick your preferred day and start time and buy your tickets. 3. The day before the tour, we'll send you simple instructions to download the app and your chosen tour in advance of the weekend. 4. Ensure your phone is fully charged and arrive at the starting point to join your fellow adventurers for a socially-distanced introduction, given by one of our producers. 5. Press play and follow the instructions for your personal tour. Do the tour at your own pace and stop whenever you want. Please arrive promptly at the stated start time. 6. Explore!
Will it be socially distanced?
Absolutely. Places on each tour are limited to avoid crowding, and the tours guide you to outdoor areas only. There will be ample room for adventurers to spread out on your personal journey. We ask everyone to adhere to government guidelines of social distancing, and to be considerate of their fellow explorers.
No refunds or exchanges. The tours are designed to be covid-proof. In the rare event of further lockdown, we will reschedule the dates, and give you the option to join on the new dates or do the tour at a time of your choosing.

Book Now