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Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Bristol city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Bristol's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Bristol is another city with a deep-rooted maritime history that you can't escape, but modern Bristol has diversified yet further. Home to Banksy, the rebellious street artist, it has a celebrated university which, architecturally speaking, sits easily with its neighbours. There's a world-famous zoo near a world-famous suspension bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. There are theatres, museums, grand shops and peaceful parks. Then at the end, there are ships - best of all the SS Great Britain, launched in 1843, now a floating museum to all that's great about Bristol!


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Curious About... Bristol

  • An exploration of Bristol's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Bristol in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Waterfront to College Green - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
Starting with gorgeous views over Bristol’s bustling waterfront, this walk crosses a magnificent Georgian park area, before exploring delightful water features and an ancient church. Next, you’ll discover a spectacular market with eclectic street eateries, astonish yourself with stunning architecture, and climb the famous Christmas Steps, before finishing at College Green with Bristol Cathedral as a dramatic backdrop.
1.5 hoursOK but diversion needed to avoid steps

2. Cathedral to Cabot Tower - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
From Bristol’s awesome cathedral, and the delightful College Green, this walk passes ancient buildings and an original Banksy artwork. Follow a street with unusual shops and diverse restaurants, before exploring some quieter streets, full of character. Now back to lively streets and stunning buildings, before escaping to Brandon Hill Park, topped by the extraordinary Cabot Tower - do you have the energy left to climb it?
1 hourNot suitable for wheelchairs, due to steps and inclines

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
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You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"I downloaded Curious About Bristol for 4 of us all in our 60’s – easy to use and I can re-use it again to walk with my grandchildren. I do a lot of walking, but Curious About actually highlights the things you might have missed. It also guides you safely across the roads. It’s really very good. We did the first walk which took two hours in the morning, and the other after a break for lunch in the afternoon for another couple of hours. I would definitely use ‘Curious About’ again, it took all the work out of planning it myself!"

Latest Revision : May 2024