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. 

Watershed

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:

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