Got an hour to kill in Bristol? Perhaps your train has been delayed or you're pottering around until you can check into your hotel? Maybe you're looking for an interesting way to spend your lunch break or are just eager to squeeze even more lovely Bristol experiences into your day. Who can blame you! Here are some short but sweet ways to spend 60 minutes in the city.

Follow the Bristol Harbour Walk

It’s around an hour if you take it at a brisk pace, but if you’ve got more time you could call in at Harbourside attractions like The Matthew, M Shed, At-Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Brunel’s ss Great Britain or Arnolfini.

Redcliffe Harbourside

Photo credit Carolyn Eaton

See Bristol from the water

Hop on the Bristol Ferry Boat. A round trip starting and ending from the pontoon outside the Watershed takes you around the harbour to Hotwells and back.

It takes around 35 minutes, leaving you 25 minutes to have a coffee at one of the waterfront bars like Watershed, No 1 Harbourside, Mud Dock or The Stable.

Bristol Ferry

Get cultured

Feast your eyes on some fantastic works at Arnolfini, one of Europe's leading centres for contemporary art.

The gallery hosts regular talks, exhibitions and screenings that will sap that hour in the most compelling of ways. Potter in the gift shop afterwards for all sorts of creative treats.

Arnolfini Bristol

Photo credit: Jamie Woodley

Book tickets for a screening at The Watershed on Bristol Harbourside from 11am. The cinema often screens shorter, independent and foreign films so you'll leave feeling entertainend and highly cultured!

If you've got a bit longer, pop into their cafe for a drink and bite to eat overlooking this bustling waterside location. 


Take the Treasure Island Trail

Discover part of Bristol's pirating past - download a trail map and follow the barrels strategically dotted around the Harbourside. 

Each barrel represents a chapter from Treasure Island and carries a plaque showing the link between Bristol and places or characters in Robert Louis Stevenson's famous book, Treasure Island. The self-guided walking and cycling route around the city’s historic Floating harbour that can easily be done in an hour.

Treasure island Trail#

For other handy guides and recommended routes around the city, take a look at our list of itineraries, including:


Clifton Village
Shopping in Clifton Village Bristol

Georgian shopping Quarter full of upmarket, independent shops which is a delight to explore.

Cabot Circus
Shopping Centre
Next and La Senza at Cabot Circus

Bristol’s Cabot Circus offers the ultimate shopping experience, bringing together a host of high-street and designer brands and confirming the city’s status as the South West’s style capital.

Park Street
Park Street Bristol

A great selection of trendy clothes boutiques, music and records stores, bars and restaurants, furniture and art galleries.

The Matthew
Historic Ship
The Matthew Bristol

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

M Shed
M Shed Museum Bristol

M Shed is an exciting and innovative flagship museum for Bristol with gallery space and a packed events schedule.

We The Curious
Science Centre
We The Curious

We The Curious is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction, offering an amazing world of hands-on discovery for you, your friends and family.

Bristol Aquarium
Children at Bristol Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium in the Harbourside area that provides an amazing underwater adventure from the British coast to exotic tropical seas

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Historic Ship
Brunel's SS Great Britain Bristol

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

Arts Centre
Arnolfini at Bristol Harbourside

Arnolfini is a centre for contemporary arts based on Bristol’s Harbourside. The organisation is dedicated to producing and presenting visual arts, performance, film, music and events.

Watershed, Newquay

Not only a place to browse or shop, our upstairs Cafe is the ideal place to meet friends for a coffee or sit down and talk to our shaper.