Harbourside history walk

1 hr 30 mins

This walking tour is a celebration of the heart of Bristol - the Harbourside.

Your experience starts in Queen Square where you’ll meet your history-loving host, Anna. As you venture along the waterways, Anna will reveal the fascinating history of the Harbourside and its importance in the development of Bristol as one of Britain's leading port cities. You’ll discover how the floating harbour was created and marvel at the engineering masterpieces that have stood the test of time, still dominating the Bristol cityscape.

Although the Harbourside may no longer be the commercial trading hub it once was, you’ll see how it has been adapted to suit the modern-day Bristolian, with leisure activities galore. This experience truly celebrates both the vibrancy of the city and the maritime heritage of Bristol.

Anna’s passion for history and her love of Bristol are sure to have rubbed off on you by the time you finish your walk near Underfall Yard. Her expert knowledge means there will be plenty of recommendations for attractions and areas to visit in and around the city included in the experience. These will come in handy if you want to continue exploring or take a refreshing break at one of the nearby pubs.

As this experience will take place entirely outdoors, please note that it could be subject to change in bad weather. If this happens, Anna will arrange a new date with you.

Age restrictions: 10+

Adult (Age 16+) £9.50
Child (Age 10-16) £8.50
2 Adults (2 adults) £18
Group of 5 (5 participants on the same tour) £40

What people are saying

Linda Shears
Apr 2024

We did the walk on Saturday as a family of 6, some Bristol residents some not. We all thoroughly...

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Susan McCulloch
Aug 2023

Anna was a brilliant host, and the tour well researched. I will join her for more tours.

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Beverley Moulton
Aug 2023

Loved the harbour side talk. Very interesting.

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Vanessa Cox
Feb 2023

This was a fascinating tour around Bristol's harbourside. Our son came with us and, despite livi...

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How to get there


  • Experience takes place outdoors
  • Family friendly

COVID-19 guidelines

  • This experience will take place entirely outdoors so will be in line with current government guidelines
  • Small groups
  • Social distancing will be observed
  • Anna is fully vaccinated

On the day

  • Please arrive a few minutes early so you can start promptly
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Wear clothes suitable for the weather

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.

You'll be hosted by

Anna Skevington

Anna researches, writes and delivers insightful city and walking tours. She focuses on history and includes some fascinating trivia, which is always handy for the next pub quiz! She spent many years travelling all over the world and living out of a suitcase. For the past few years, she has worked a little closer to home, running coach tours across Europe for people aged 18-35. During this time she specialised in managing tours of the United Kingdom and Ireland and dreamt of being able to live in Bristol. Now, Anna has made that dream a reality and is keen to share some of the incredible places this city has to offer.

During Anna's experiences she focuses on history and includes some fascinating trivia, which is always handy for the next pub quiz! She’ll also pass on her own recommendations of places to visit so the sight-seeing can continue even after the experience has ended.

Anna Skevington

Anna finds history fascinating and has a degree in Latin and Ancient Greek. She is just as enthused by fun facts and trivia and gets very competitive in pub quizzes. One of her favourite hobbies is browsing second-hand bookshops, but she also loves being outdoors so spends as much time as possible going walking or hiking and making the most of our glorious British weather!

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Anna Skevington.