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Treasure Island Trail

starting at Merchant Venturer’s Almshouses, King Street, Bristol, BS1 4DT

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Treasure Island Trail


Treasure Island Trails are delighted to announce that they will be running tours for the next three months on the following dates:

- 26th September
- 31st October

The cost is £5 per head. The tour starts at 12pm from the Almshouses at the junction of King Street and Queen Square The tour lasts about 1 hour.

Social distancing of 2 metres must be observed between household bubbles, individuals and the guides. Face masks should be worn and group numbers will not exceed 15 persons.

The self-guided audio tour is also still available from app stores via the QR code on their website.

The Treasure Island Trail is a fun, family-friendly walk and app that guides you round the heart of Bristol’s historic Floating Harbour from atmospheric King Street to M Shed, exploring Bristol’s maritime heritage and many literary connections.

Take your time, or whiz round this scenic trail of Bristol’s Harbourside. About a mile long, the Treasure Island Trail has eight Black Spots, each with fascinating insights into Bristol’s connections with Treasure Island, telling the story in sequence. The whole trail is accessible by bike and on foot.

The Treasure Island Trail is proud to be the only European Cultural Route in the South West! It is marked by eight recycled Bordeaux wine barrels, each of which is planted with a desert island-inspired palm tree, as well as a wonderful variety of sensory plants to stimulate different senses relating to the story.

As a community project, our planters are maintained and cultivated by students at PROPS Bristol, a local charity that supports young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The Trail is suitable for families, young and old, with the easy navigation that guides you from planter to planter to uncover each Spot’s connection to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island and other works of literature. Each Black Spot has an excerpt of Treasure Island to read, as well as fascinating facts about Bristol’s famous pirates and maritime history.

The period of maritime history covered by the Treasure Island Trail slots in perfectly between The Matthew ship and Brunel’s ss Great Britain, so visitors can experience a full breadth of maritime history in Bristol.

The app is available in both Android and iOS versions.

The Treasure Island Trail has been established through the hard work and dedication of The Long John Silver Trust.

Read more

How to have a pirate-themed day out in Bristol

Literary Bristol

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit


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Some sections of the trail are cobbled and so may be difficult for wheelchair users.

The trail starts approximately 50m from Stop 1 (City Centre) on the Bristol Ferry Boat route and ends approximately 50m from Stop 11 (Prince St Bridge), outside M Shed.

The start of the trail is a 4 minute walk from Bristol In Sight Bus stop 19 (Anchor Road), and various points on the trail are walkable from stops on the In Sight bus route.

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