Explore Bristol on Foot: Clifton is a walking tour that takes in Clifton’s great mansions built by Bristol’s wealthy eighteenth century merchants who lived there in order to escape the noise, dirt (and smells) of Bristol’s then tidal harbour. This guide will lead you to many well-known features including the stunning Avon Gorge and Victorian Brunel's world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Camera Obscura, the once-secret Rocks Railway, the beautiful Royal York Crescent; and discover the oldest building of all, now a pub, but once just the humble home of a cliff-top farmer.
Explore Bristol on Foot: Victorian Clifton reflects a boom time in Queen Victoria’s reign when Brunel was either hard at work on his famous Suspension Bridge close by or attending to his extraordinary project, the building of the SS Great Britain, down in Bristol docks. His Great Western Railway bought in new business opportunities from London. Bristol’s coal mining industry flourished too, and the docks were awash with ships bringing in cargoes of wines, tobacco and other goods.
Explore Bristol on Foot: Cliftonwood As the name suggests, for many centuries the slopes below Clifton, down to the River Avon, were wooded. In the Middle Ages Cliftonwood was home to much wildlife and until stopped by their bishop, the monks of St Augustine’s Abbey (now Bristol Cathedral) ran a pack of hounds there.
Explore Bristol on Foot: Hotwells This walking tour takes in Bristol's historic harbourside community and reveals many fascinating facts from the area's past. Once a fashionable spa and now regenerated by dockside leisure developments, follow this walk through Georgian terraces to the harbourside and along the magnificent Avon Gorge. Visit the ss Great Britain, take a ferry ride around the Floating Harbour and explore this area of Bristol that is packed with character.