This September (Fri 11 – Sun 13), Bristol Open Doors launches Hidden Bristol - three immersive audio walking-tours that open up a new way of exploring the city - an outdoor adventure, guided by the people who know Bristol best.

From ship captains to graffiti artists, historians to craft brewers, the Bristol Open Doors team have gathered a multitude of characters and local legends to walk you through the stories and history of the city. 

For the curious; for the adventurers and investigators, for the urban explorers and heritage seekers, the culture buffs and artistic dreamers: Explore the City. 

Vibrant Bristol: Street Art & the Painted City

Home to Europe’s largest street art festival and the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol is famed for its vibrant painted streets & multi-coloured horizons.

But why is the city so colourful? Who brought street art to Bristol? What’s the story behind the paint?

Starting on the Harbourside, this walking tour ventures into the south of the city, home of the Upfest murals. Hear the stories behind vibrant Bristol from local artists, historians, residents and celebrities – the people who know Bristol best.

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Mural of Greta Credit: Artist - Jody, Photo - Plaster
Credit: artist Jody, image Plaster

Hidden Harbour: Stories of a Radical City

What stories does the harbour hold? Which tales lie untold?

In 2020 Bristol’s quayside drew the eyes of the world. Join us for a journey through 1,000 years of history from the Merchant traders, slaves and slavers, to a statue thrown unceremoniously into the water.

Featuring the property which starred in the latest series of A House Through Time - No. 10 Guinea Street, Bristol’s lively harbourside, hidden caves and M Shed docks, this special tour is created by the multi award-winning city poet Vanessa Kisuule in collaboration with the people of Bristol.

Hear from the curators, the shakers and the history-makers of this radical city.

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Vanessa Kisuule on Bristol Harbour CREDIT Colin Moody
Image credit: Colin Moody

Historic Bristol: Through Time & Temple

Nestled in the heart of modern Bristol is the ruin of a sacred Temple.

Giving its name to much of the city, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar. Made even more famous by ‘The Da Vinci Code’, this religious military order built a world-wide empire - now steeped in myth and legend. Remnants of Bristol’s medieval past can be found all around the city, if you know where to look...

Travel through time and temple, from the Crusades to present day. From Colston’s baptism to the secret ale-house meetings of abolitionists, journey through the destruction of the Bristol Blitz, across Bristol’s healing gardens, and finally arrive at the glorious Finzels Reach - the modern-day home of Channel 4 and Historic England.

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Image credit: Colin Moody

How will it work?

  1. The tours are suitable for explorers of all ages, and start on the harbour. All you need is a smartphone and headphones.
  2. Pick your preferred day and start time and buy your tickets.
  3. A week before the tour, we’ll send you a code and simple instructions to download your tour in advance of the weekend.
  4. Download your tour and arrive at the starting point to join your fellow adventurers for a socially-distanced introduction, given by one of our producers.
  5. Press play and follow the instructions for your personal tour. The tours take between 60 – 90 minutes, depending on your pace, and you can stop whenever you want.
  6. Explore!

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