Air Raid Shelter tour and Blitz Experience

Step back in time for a subterranean adventure through WW2 Bristol!

Your Blitz experience begins in front of the Corn Exchange in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

You will be met by a 1940’s air raid warden, who will guide you through a night which changed the face of Bristol forever: the first night of the Bristol Blitz.

Your tour begins above ground where you’ll see bomb damaged buildings and hear about spies in the city, before heading below the streets to explore Bristol’s best-kept secret: our fantastically well-preserved Air Raid Shelter, a time-capsule which has remained unchanged for over 80 years.

In the shelter you’ll see drawings on the walls created during the air raids as well as original posters and signage, still in place.

Your personal air raid warden will guide you through this hidden world and answer questions before you take your seat for a demonstration of incredible artefacts from the streets of wartime Bristol.

You’ll emerge back into the 21st century, where you can explore the nation’s number one covered market and sample the best street food in town!

What to expect:

  • Guided tour led by a 1940’s air raid warden
  • Exploration of bomb-damaged buildings above ground
  • Stories about spies in the city during WW2
  • Entry to a well-preserved Air Raid Shelter
  • Guided tour through the Air Raid Shelter

Minimum fitness level required.

Age restrictions: 0+

Adult £12.50
Child (Under 16’s) £6.25

How to get there


  • Baby changing
  • Experience takes place outdoors
  • Family friendly
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

COVID-19 guidelines

We will be complying with all current COVID-19 requirements.

On the day

  • We meet outside the main entrance of the Corn Exchange on Corn street
  • The nearest N.C.P parking (within the clean air zone) is a 5-minute walk away on Wine Street
  • We are a 10-minute walk along Victoria street from Bristol Temple Meads train station. We have public toilets available within the market
  • Please wear sensible shoes and remember to bring a camera!

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 1 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 1 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to St. Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Walking Tour.