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St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol: Guided Tour

St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol: Guided Tour

St Mary Redcliffe was constructed between the 12th and 19th centuries and is widely regarded as one of England's finest churches. In 1574, Queen Elizabeth I called it: "The fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England." The tour will start in one of the most significant parts of the church, the unique hexagonal North Porch. dating from the C12-C13th the porch was once the main chapel of the church and contained a shrine to the Virgin Mary. You will then proceed to the outside of the building to view the exquisite and mysterious stone carvings on the porch exterior. From here you will have a great opportunity to view the famous tower and spire of the church. Once inside the main building, you will discover St Mary Redcliffe's historical connections with the sea: John Cabot's C15th century whalebone represents Cabot's 1497 voyage of discovery to North America on his famous ship, The Matthew - a model of which can be seen above the main entrance to the church. You will then visit In St John's Chapel where you can experience the great richness of medieval art and design, by viewing the church's remaining medieval stained glass, dating from the C14th. Standing at the west end of the church, take in the magnificent view towards the chancel and altar, the superb vaulted ceiling with over 1200 individual roof bosses (decoratively carved groin stones) and marvel at the soaring pillars that constitute one of the finest examples of English perpendicular Gothic architecture. The tour will then visit the North Transept, where lies a mysterious effigy of an early medieval knight. This figure has always been associated with Robert de Berkeley who gave a water supply to the church in 1190, but we don't really know who it represents. This enigmatic figure is probably older than the church building itself! From here you will visit the C14th Lady Chapel, with its superb gothic screen and beautiful stained glass windows, designed by the artist Harry Stammers in the early 1960s. Redcliffe's medieval merchant princes were some of the wealthiest people in England. In the South Transept you will discover the polychrome stone altar tomb of William Canynges II (c. 1399–1474) and his wife Joan. Canynges was an MP and Mayor of Bristol who is credited with rebuilding the church in the C15th after the spire, which was hit by lightning, collapsed and destroyed part of the nave. As you make your way around the church, your guide will draw your attention to our rich and extensive collection of artwork, carvings, effigies and monuments. You will also see examples of medieval graffiti and merchants marks that have adorned our walls for 800 yeas, but which are only now being discovered. Lastly you will visit one of our hidden spaces, located high above the North Porch: the Chatterton Room is so-called because of its association with Bristol's boy poet Thomas Chatterton (1752 - 1770), widely recognised as the father of English Romantic Literature.

Bristol: The Harbourside's Hidden History Audio Tour

Bristol: The Harbourside's Hidden History Audio Tour

Bristol is a city brimming with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. This walking tour takes you off the beaten tourist track to reveal some of the city‘s best-kept secrets, from lesser-known alleyways to hidden underground vaults. Join me on the cobblestone streets of Bristol‘s harbourside and be transported through centuries of quirky history and architectural marvels. We‘ll discover some of Bristol‘s iconic landmarks, starting with the awe-inspiring St. Mary Redcliffe Church and the Tramway Rail Monument. As you meander, you‘ll pass by hidden medieval alleyways and hear about ancient burial grounds. I‘ll share stories about the Bristol Old Vic theatre and tell you about an amusing discrepancy with the statues outside St John‘s Church. En route to our final stop, St Stephen’s Church, I‘ll point out the Corn Exchange, where grains flowed like gold, and Bristol Bridge where, 800 years ago, you‘d have seen bare bottoms hanging out of gaps in its wall. By the end of this Bristol walking tour, you‘ll: • Find out how to become the next King of Bristol • See the entrance to a hidden underground vault • Hear how a small rodent brought down a King as you stroll through Queen Square • Connect the dots between Bristol and the UK‘s famous red telephone box • Take in numerous churches including St Nicholas Church and All Saints' Church • Pass by Leonard Lane, one of Bristol‘s narrowest, and most colourful, lanes Whether it‘s your first time in Bristol or you‘re a curious local interested in the alternative tales the city has to offer, this tour is a valuable introduction to its humorous history, quirky facts and hidden surprises. Allow 75 minutes for our walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars along the route where you can stop for refreshments and take a break.

St Mary Redcliffe Church: Our most recommended tours and activities

St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol: Guided Tour

St Mary Redcliffe Church Bristol: Guided Tour

St Mary Redcliffe was constructed between the 12th and 19th centuries and is widely regarded as one of England's finest churches. In 1574, Queen Elizabeth I called it: "The fairest, goodliest and most famous parish church in England." The tour will start in one of the most significant parts of the church, the unique hexagonal North Porch. dating from the C12-C13th the porch was once the main chapel of the church and contained a shrine to the Virgin Mary. You will then proceed to the outside of the building to view the exquisite and mysterious stone carvings on the porch exterior. From here you will have a great opportunity to view the famous tower and spire of the church. Once inside the main building, you will discover St Mary Redcliffe's historical connections with the sea: John Cabot's C15th century whalebone represents Cabot's 1497 voyage of discovery to North America on his famous ship, The Matthew - a model of which can be seen above the main entrance to the church. You will then visit In St John's Chapel where you can experience the great richness of medieval art and design, by viewing the church's remaining medieval stained glass, dating from the C14th. Standing at the west end of the church, take in the magnificent view towards the chancel and altar, the superb vaulted ceiling with over 1200 individual roof bosses (decoratively carved groin stones) and marvel at the soaring pillars that constitute one of the finest examples of English perpendicular Gothic architecture. The tour will then visit the North Transept, where lies a mysterious effigy of an early medieval knight. This figure has always been associated with Robert de Berkeley who gave a water supply to the church in 1190, but we don't really know who it represents. This enigmatic figure is probably older than the church building itself! From here you will visit the C14th Lady Chapel, with its superb gothic screen and beautiful stained glass windows, designed by the artist Harry Stammers in the early 1960s. Redcliffe's medieval merchant princes were some of the wealthiest people in England. In the South Transept you will discover the polychrome stone altar tomb of William Canynges II (c. 1399–1474) and his wife Joan. Canynges was an MP and Mayor of Bristol who is credited with rebuilding the church in the C15th after the spire, which was hit by lightning, collapsed and destroyed part of the nave. As you make your way around the church, your guide will draw your attention to our rich and extensive collection of artwork, carvings, effigies and monuments. You will also see examples of medieval graffiti and merchants marks that have adorned our walls for 800 yeas, but which are only now being discovered. Lastly you will visit one of our hidden spaces, located high above the North Porch: the Chatterton Room is so-called because of its association with Bristol's boy poet Thomas Chatterton (1752 - 1770), widely recognised as the father of English Romantic Literature.

Bristol: The Harbourside's Hidden History Audio Tour

Bristol: The Harbourside's Hidden History Audio Tour

Bristol is a city brimming with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. This walking tour takes you off the beaten tourist track to reveal some of the city‘s best-kept secrets, from lesser-known alleyways to hidden underground vaults. Join me on the cobblestone streets of Bristol‘s harbourside and be transported through centuries of quirky history and architectural marvels. We‘ll discover some of Bristol‘s iconic landmarks, starting with the awe-inspiring St. Mary Redcliffe Church and the Tramway Rail Monument. As you meander, you‘ll pass by hidden medieval alleyways and hear about ancient burial grounds. I‘ll share stories about the Bristol Old Vic theatre and tell you about an amusing discrepancy with the statues outside St John‘s Church. En route to our final stop, St Stephen’s Church, I‘ll point out the Corn Exchange, where grains flowed like gold, and Bristol Bridge where, 800 years ago, you‘d have seen bare bottoms hanging out of gaps in its wall. By the end of this Bristol walking tour, you‘ll: • Find out how to become the next King of Bristol • See the entrance to a hidden underground vault • Hear how a small rodent brought down a King as you stroll through Queen Square • Connect the dots between Bristol and the UK‘s famous red telephone box • Take in numerous churches including St Nicholas Church and All Saints' Church • Pass by Leonard Lane, one of Bristol‘s narrowest, and most colourful, lanes Whether it‘s your first time in Bristol or you‘re a curious local interested in the alternative tales the city has to offer, this tour is a valuable introduction to its humorous history, quirky facts and hidden surprises. Allow 75 minutes for our walk. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars along the route where you can stop for refreshments and take a break.

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4.6
(9 reviews)

St Mary’s Redcliffe is a relatively rest your, gorgeous, though not always accessible but that might be adjustable with notice. It’s an incredible piece of history.

Great information from the guide and well paced walk and talk through the many details of the church historical build and personalities involved.

Very informative and interesting. You can stop and start at will and app matches walking pace. Highly recommended.

Very good, Paul made it very easy to understand and appreciate the history of this beautiful church.

Great app and very informative tour. Well worth a listen and walk