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Bristol: The Best Of Bristol, Guided Bike Tour

Bristol: The Best Of Bristol, Guided Bike Tour

On our Bristol-built Temple bikes, we’ll follow quiet cobbled backstreets through the old city, finding street art hotspots, beautiful backdrops, and secret routes along the ancient city walls. Pass through Bristol’s famous St. Nick’s Market and discover some of the venues right at the forefront of Bristol’s food scene. Pedalling along car-free harbourside paths, we’ll see historic boat-building yards, see picture-postcard views of Cliftonwood’s colourful houses, and Brunel’s ss Great Britain—the ship that changed the world. The tour takes you up close with a couple of Banksy murals and gives you an unbeatable view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Your tour guide will also offer personalised recommendations of shows, exhibitions, restaurants, and pubs to make the most of your time in Bristol. The route is suitable for all cycling abilities, avoids busy roads and hills. Riders must be 150cm+ and under 16s accompanied by an adult.

Bristol: Brunel's SS Great Britain Experience Entry Ticket

Bristol: Brunel's SS Great Britain Experience Entry Ticket

Begin your journey by stepping onto Brunel's SS Great Britain, a marvel of maritime history that revolutionized travel, nestled in the very dry dock where it was constructed. This experience offers a unique glimpse into the past across two dedicated museums and the ship itself. As you explore, immerse yourself in the ship's rich story and the genius of its creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The restoration brings history to life, from the engine room with Brunel's original 1000hp engine to the upper deck, meticulously recreated to its 1845 grandeur. Here, you'll witness the distinct class divisions of the era, from the luxurious first-class areas to the humble steerage quarters. The journey continues as you discover the personal stories of those who traveled on this great liner. From Allan Gilmour's diary entries to the extraordinary tale of Teres Carrol, each narrative adds depth to your experience. The First Class Dining Saloon, animated with the voices of past passengers, offers an auditory feast, transporting you to the golden age of sea travel. End your visit with a stroll on the historic Bristol waterfront, where the SS Great Britain sits proudly, a testament to engineering ingenuity and historical significance.

Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Learn about Bristol through the life and work of master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel on a walking tour that takes in two of his most iconic constructions. We’ll start out from the city centre docks at the world's first transatlantic steam ship, the SS Great Britain, and make our way along the mostly pedestrianised riverside to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Viewpoint, where you’ll have magnificent views of the bridge and the impressive Avon Gorge below it. Highlights include: The story of Brunel’s near-death experience, which brought him to Bristol in the first place Views of the SS Great Britain, the boat that bridged the gap between the UK and America The Brunel Swivel Bridge, which Brunel abandoned Views of the River Avon, the Avon Gorge and the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was only completed after Brunel’s death in 1859 The abandoned Clifton Rocks Railway By the end of this tour, you’ll have a better appreciation for both Brunel’s rapidly industrialising world and what he did to give shape to the world we live in today.

Bristol: Paddleboarding Harbourside Tour

Bristol: Paddleboarding Harbourside Tour

Join us to explore Bristol's historic harbourside by paddleboard in this unique two hour tour. We'll start at our base at Underfall Yard, a vibrant working boatyard before heading towards the city, paddling right past the bow of Brunel's world famous SS Great Britain, and sharing the water with a working replica of John Cabot's Matthew. As we travel we'll explore the city's past and share stories of the people who have made Bristol what it is today. On a good day we'll get to Wapping Wharf, brimming with culture and foodie options, before heading back to base.

Bristol’s Heritage and Suspension Bridge: Private Tour

Bristol’s Heritage and Suspension Bridge: Private Tour

Embark on a captivating exploration of Bristol’s cultural treasures with a formal and intriguing 3 hour private walking tour of Bristol. Traverse the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, an engineering marvel, and absorb the history surrounding Victoria Square, a hub of civic life and architectural splendor. Wander through Goldney Hall, a Georgian gem with lush gardens and a romantic grotto. Delve into the maritime heritage aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain and savor the exquisite architecture of Bristol Cathedral. Stroll along Frogmore Street, a vibrant blend of modern life and cultural richness, and conclude your tour at the statue of Edmund Burke, honoring his profound legacy in the world of ideas and governance.

Brunel's SS Great Britain: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bristol: The Best Of Bristol, Guided Bike Tour

Bristol: The Best Of Bristol, Guided Bike Tour

On our Bristol-built Temple bikes, we’ll follow quiet cobbled backstreets through the old city, finding street art hotspots, beautiful backdrops, and secret routes along the ancient city walls. Pass through Bristol’s famous St. Nick’s Market and discover some of the venues right at the forefront of Bristol’s food scene. Pedalling along car-free harbourside paths, we’ll see historic boat-building yards, see picture-postcard views of Cliftonwood’s colourful houses, and Brunel’s ss Great Britain—the ship that changed the world. The tour takes you up close with a couple of Banksy murals and gives you an unbeatable view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Your tour guide will also offer personalised recommendations of shows, exhibitions, restaurants, and pubs to make the most of your time in Bristol. The route is suitable for all cycling abilities, avoids busy roads and hills. Riders must be 150cm+ and under 16s accompanied by an adult.

Bristol: Brunel's SS Great Britain Experience Entry Ticket

Bristol: Brunel's SS Great Britain Experience Entry Ticket

Begin your journey by stepping onto Brunel's SS Great Britain, a marvel of maritime history that revolutionized travel, nestled in the very dry dock where it was constructed. This experience offers a unique glimpse into the past across two dedicated museums and the ship itself. As you explore, immerse yourself in the ship's rich story and the genius of its creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The restoration brings history to life, from the engine room with Brunel's original 1000hp engine to the upper deck, meticulously recreated to its 1845 grandeur. Here, you'll witness the distinct class divisions of the era, from the luxurious first-class areas to the humble steerage quarters. The journey continues as you discover the personal stories of those who traveled on this great liner. From Allan Gilmour's diary entries to the extraordinary tale of Teres Carrol, each narrative adds depth to your experience. The First Class Dining Saloon, animated with the voices of past passengers, offers an auditory feast, transporting you to the golden age of sea travel. End your visit with a stroll on the historic Bristol waterfront, where the SS Great Britain sits proudly, a testament to engineering ingenuity and historical significance.

Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Bristol: Brunel’s Iconic Engineering Self-Guided Audio Tour

Learn about Bristol through the life and work of master engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel on a walking tour that takes in two of his most iconic constructions. We’ll start out from the city centre docks at the world's first transatlantic steam ship, the SS Great Britain, and make our way along the mostly pedestrianised riverside to the Clifton Suspension Bridge Viewpoint, where you’ll have magnificent views of the bridge and the impressive Avon Gorge below it. Highlights include: The story of Brunel’s near-death experience, which brought him to Bristol in the first place Views of the SS Great Britain, the boat that bridged the gap between the UK and America The Brunel Swivel Bridge, which Brunel abandoned Views of the River Avon, the Avon Gorge and the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge, which was only completed after Brunel’s death in 1859 The abandoned Clifton Rocks Railway By the end of this tour, you’ll have a better appreciation for both Brunel’s rapidly industrialising world and what he did to give shape to the world we live in today.

Bristol: Paddleboarding Harbourside Tour

Bristol: Paddleboarding Harbourside Tour

Join us to explore Bristol's historic harbourside by paddleboard in this unique two hour tour. We'll start at our base at Underfall Yard, a vibrant working boatyard before heading towards the city, paddling right past the bow of Brunel's world famous SS Great Britain, and sharing the water with a working replica of John Cabot's Matthew. As we travel we'll explore the city's past and share stories of the people who have made Bristol what it is today. On a good day we'll get to Wapping Wharf, brimming with culture and foodie options, before heading back to base.

Bristol’s Heritage and Suspension Bridge: Private Tour

Bristol’s Heritage and Suspension Bridge: Private Tour

Embark on a captivating exploration of Bristol’s cultural treasures with a formal and intriguing 3 hour private walking tour of Bristol. Traverse the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, an engineering marvel, and absorb the history surrounding Victoria Square, a hub of civic life and architectural splendor. Wander through Goldney Hall, a Georgian gem with lush gardens and a romantic grotto. Delve into the maritime heritage aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain and savor the exquisite architecture of Bristol Cathedral. Stroll along Frogmore Street, a vibrant blend of modern life and cultural richness, and conclude your tour at the statue of Edmund Burke, honoring his profound legacy in the world of ideas and governance.

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4.6
(9 reviews)

The tour was great. Well balanced between info and biking. Bikes were pleasant to drive. Guide was very good informed about the city. Pleasant way of telling the details. Even called for us a restaurant to check for the possibilty of afternoon tea. It was not our first city bike tour, but certainly one of the best. Two senior couples from the Netherlands discovering the UK

Nicely paced tour. Informative guide in Luke. There was just 2 of us on the tour, so it was nice to be able to just ask questions along the way... I'd advise to take the tour early in your stay. It'll help orientated you around the city...

Enjoyed the tour very much and learned a lot about Bristol and it’s history. Very interesting! Appreciated that the tour went on though we were a little late and the weather was not too good ;-)

Luke was a very friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating guide. Highly recommended

very interesting experience and so much to see in and around the ship