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Sightseeing and tours

We've pulled together our top recommendations for the key sights to see while you’re visiting Bristol to help you get started. We know that it can be difficult to know where to start when exploring a new city. That's why we're here to help.

Also, we've listed some amazing tours, whether you want to find your own way or be shown the city by someone in the know, there is something for everyone. And for a city that’s centred around its historic Harbourside, no visit to Bristol would be complete without a boat trip...

Lose yourself in the city with these top tours.

Top tours

Bristol street art walking tours

Bristol street art walking tours

Celebrate Bristol's unique creative culture with a two-hour walking tour including paintings by Banksy.

City Sightseeing Bus - The Bristol Tour

City Sightseeing Bus - The Bristol Tour

Sit back and relax on City Sightseeing's distinctive red open top buses, and enjoyBristol from an unrivalled platform .

Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Enjoy harbour tours and river trips with Bristol Packet Boat Trips with public timetabled trips and private hire available.

BBC Tours

BBC Tours

Come and find out what goes on inside BBC Bristol, the regional television centre for the West of England.

The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour

The Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour

Combine the fascinating history of Bristol with the city's best street art on this tour which takes in many of the sights and interesting facts...

Number Seven Boat Trips

Number Seven Boat Trips

Passenger boat company providing public ferry services and private charter trips around Bristol and on the River Avon

Bristol Ferry Boats

Bristol Ferry Boats

Explore Bristol's Harbourside by ferry, go on a trip with friends or colleagues, or simply get from A to B without worrying about traffic

Avon River Cruises and Boat Trips

Avon River Cruises and Boat Trips

Avon River Cruises offer private hire boat trips in Bristol on the Silver Salmon – travel in comfort and style all year round.

Bristol Pirate Walks

Bristol Pirate Walks

Join Pirate Pete for a one-hour guided walking tour of Bristol's historic harbourside, with tales of discovery, slavery and piracy.

Bristol highlights walking tour

Bristol highlights walking tour

Join the Bristol Highlights walk for a fascinating insight into the city, led by the people who know it best.

Top sights to see

The Matthew

The Matthew

Based in Bristol’s floating harbour for much of the year, the Matthew is popular for harbour tours as well as longer sailing trips.

Queen Square

Queen Square

A magnificent Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Step aboard the award-winning Brunel's ss Great Britain for a ship shape and Bristol fashion day out!

St Mary Redcliffe Church

St Mary Redcliffe Church

One of the most beautiful churches in all England and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the country

Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Much more than a fascinating building, being a fine example of a hall church, it is a centre of Bristol's history, civic life and culture

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

Cabot Tower and Brandon Hill

A century-old 105ft tower, set in the gorgeous parkland of Brandon Hill near Park Street in the West End.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge

The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death

Pero's Bridge

Pero's Bridge

A pedestrian footbridge that spans Bristol's floating harbour, named in honour of enslaved African Pero Jones.

See No Evil

See No Evil

Street artists from around the world transformed this Bristol street in the most ambitious street art project ever to take place in the UK.

Bailey Balloons

Bailey Balloons

Take a bird's eye view of the Heritage City.

Bristol Balloons

Bristol Balloons

See Bristol from a completely different perspective with a hot air balloon ride

BBC Tours

BBC Tours

Come and find out what goes on inside BBC Bristol, the regional television centre for the West of England.

John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

John Wesley's Chapel 'The New Room'

The oldest Methodist building in the world, constructed as a meeting room and accommodation after Wesley began to preach in 1739

Haunted and Hidden Walking Tours

Haunted and Hidden Walking Tours

A fun tour around old Bristol and its ghostly buildings including a 16th century church that's guarded by a monk.

Southernguide

Southernguide

Experience the city and its surroundings by taking a private day tour with a top qualified driver-guide.

Other tours and walks

Banksy Walking Tour

Banksy Walking Tour

Some of Banksy's most famous Bristol works combined to make for a great self-guided walking tour of the city.

Bristol Art Map

Bristol Art Map

Bristol Art Map will help you navigate around the city's huge range of galleries, artist-run initiatives, temporary installations and public...

Wildgoose

Wildgoose

Wildgoose are the UKs leading events company providing unique location based games using the latest cutting edge technology.

Bramley and Gage Ltd

Bramley and Gage Ltd

A micro distillery with monthly tours.

iTreasure Hunt

iTreasure Hunt

Play iTreasure Hunt games for free in Bristol

Brunel Mile and City Docks MP3 Tour

Brunel Mile and City Docks MP3 Tour

A free audio tour that you can download to your MP3 player, computer or phone, covering some of Brunel's engineering feats

Treasure Trails

Treasure Trails

Explore Bristol in a whole new way by solving murder mysteries, hunt for treasures or become a spy by undertaking a top secret mission! Which...

Sulis Guides

Sulis Guides

Bespoke tours directed by friendly experts.

Scarper Tours

Scarper Tours

A fun and friendly 3 hour tour direct to Stonehenge, departing daily from the centre of Bath

Missorts: Smart Phone trail of the Brunel Mile

Missorts: Smart Phone trail of the Brunel Mile

Use this location-triggered smartphone app to explore the Brunel Mile in Bristol.

Greenman Tours

Greenman Tours

Greenman Tours offers regular guided coach tours from Bristol to Stonehenge, Bath, Salisbury, Wells, Lacock and Avebury.

Walking Tour: Big Green Treasure Hunt

Walking Tour: Big Green Treasure Hunt

Follow the Big Green Treasure Hunt clues and explore Bristol’s unique Floating Harbour.

Harbourside running trail

Harbourside running trail

A running track giving runners and walkers a choice of six accurately measured distances ranging from 100m to 1 mile.

Itinerary builder

You can build your own shortlist of things to visit in Bristol by clicking the itinerary button to add an item to your itinerary.