St. Nicholas Market & Air Raid Shelter Tour

2 hrs

Explore Bristol's biggest public Air Raid Shelter by joining the city’s only subterranean walking tour! Join us for an adventure through 1000 years of Bristol’s history. Your local guide will take you on a unique journey from the height of Bristol's trading past to the 1940’s Blitz before passing the swinging 60s to emerge in the city's vibrant present!

Enjoy privileged access to subterranean passageways, WW2 air raid shelters and rooms which once rocked to the best bands in the world!

This 2hr walking tour is focused on the heart of the Old Town and crammed with humour and history. The first half of the 1.5-mile route is above ground and explores the heart of the old town, fascinating back streets and St. Nicholas Market.

For the second half of the tour you’ll head beneath the streets for Bristol’s only subterranean experience. You’ll enjoy privileged access to parts of the city not usually open to the public.

Your guide will get into character to take you back to WW2 as you discover the city's biggest public air raid shelter and hear about the building’s role in the 1960s as a popular music venue.

Once you've been fascinated and amazed, you'll be spoilt for choice with places to eat, drink, and pick up the best local gifts in the nation's no.1 covered market!

Please note your booking is only confirmed once the host has accepted it and the status is showing as 'confirmed'.

Minimum fitness level required.

Adult £14
Child (under 16) £7

What people are saying

Apr 2024

Bought as a gift for my dad. He had a great time and would highly recommend!

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Barbara Moore
Apr 2024

This visit was given to us as a gift and whilst anticipating an interesting couple of hours the t...

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Mel Brown
Apr 2024

For anyone who wants to know about the recent (WW2) and not so recent history of Bristol, this is...

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Kitty Odell
Apr 2024

A brilliant, absorbing, engrossing tour, sooo fascinating, Duncan the awesome guide oozed passio...

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How to get there


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

COVID-19 guidelines

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

On the day

  • We leave from 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.

You'll be hosted by

St. Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Walking Tour

Local Street Artist and historian Duncan Mckellar will show you hidden parts of the Old Town which are only available on this tour!

He'll take you through the history of Bristol's biggest public air raid shelter, explore the historic Old Town and experience the nation's No. 1 covered market.

Experience Bristol’s only subterranean tour for a journey from beneath the streets to above the rooftops. This unique tour will introduce you to 1000 years of Bristol’s history, including WW2, the swinging 60's, and the vibrant city of today!

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