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Bristol: Self-Guided Sightseeing Audio Tour

1. Bristol: Self-Guided Sightseeing Audio Tour

The tour begins on Bristol Bridge and tells the story of Bristol’s beginnings. Learn how the city got its name, then stroll to Castle Park, the site of the original Anglo-Saxon settlement. Arrive in the Old City area of Bristol next, and learn about its fascinating history. Explore the charming Saint Nicholas Markets then pass through the only remaining city gate. Check out the area where the See No Evil Street Festival was held, and admire the gray buildings that have been brightened up by artists from across the world. Continue onto the Christmas Steps and then Colston Hall. Arrive at Bristol’s oldest pub, then pass by two of Banksy’s most famous pieces of street art. Stop by Bristol Cathedral, followed by a stroll around the College Green. Continue onto the historic Bristol Docks, then visit the famous Old Vic where you can grab a bite to eat. Along the way, listen to your audio guide’s fascinating stories about local history and culture, as well as recommendations for the best spots to visit on your stay.

Bristol Self-Guided Mystery Tour - The Sabotaged Balloon

2. Bristol Self-Guided Mystery Tour - The Sabotaged Balloon

Begin your adventure at Bristol's oldest coffee house, and embark on a quest to unravel the mystery of Archie Russell and his amazing flying machine! Solve the clues, eliminate the suspects, and unmask the mysterious villain behind Bristol's most daring act of sabotage! As the story goes, on the 9th May 1812, Bristol’s most prominent businessmen gathered in Queen Square to witness the incredible maiden flight of Archie Russell's 'Amazing Flying Machine' but were shocked when moments after take-off it crashed into a tree below! Climbing from the wreckage, Archie discovered that someone had tampered with his balloon and cut one of his steering ropes in a terrible act of sabotage! Why would someone want to destroy Archie's life’s work? Was it a personal grudge against him? Or did a competitor want to stifle the competition? As you unravel the mystery you will discover Bristol's amazing hidden history, visit its most atmospheric taverns, and soak up legendary stories of the city's most notorious characters and places!

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What people are saying about Bristol Old Vic

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Great guide, I loved it. Only problem was finding the start point, I should have looked at a map instead of using Google Maps as they sent me round Bristol in a very long way. Also, download all the Apps needed in advance of going away from wifi, I didn't do this and was lucky my phone battery lasted the duration.

Brilliant tour .. having never done an Audio tour before I was really surprised how good it was. Gave us a fabulous insight to Bristol

This is a very well self guided tour of Bristol. A very interesting commentary. Very good value for money.

Amazing! Enjoyed every moment. Heather is very knowledgeable, and the tour is fun and interesting.

Great way to see a place that I was unfamiliar with.