Tours

Bristol is offering an exciting range of tours on Monday and Friday afternoons (June 29 and July 3). These are professional guided tours that augment the theme of the conference.

On Monday, there are tours by foot, bike, and boat.

Please plan to stay through Friday afternoon to catch one of the more extensive guided tours: a Green Cycle Tour, a walking tour of Bath, or a tour of Poundbury, near Dorchester.

Space is limited so please reserve as soon as possible.
 

MONDAY, JUNE 29:

 

1. Walking tour: Bristol’s Public Spaces

Tour leader: Alastair Brook, urban design, conservation and heritage specialist
Start and end point: Watershed
Monday, June 29, 14:00-15:30
Price: $15
(Maximum 20 persons)

Explore Bristol’s city centre public realm through its squares, parks and civic spaces. Focussing on four key public spaces: Millennium Square, College Green, the fountains in the centre and Queen Square, the walk will look at the history of each site, recent urban development and the wider plans for civic spaces in the city.
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2. Walking tour: Bristol’s Harbourside

Tour leader: Nick Childs, architect and urban designer
Start: Watershed. End: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Monday, June 29, 16:30-18:00
Price: $15
(Maximum 20 persons)

Tracing a route along Bristol’s Harbourside walkway this walk explores the transformation of the historic, industrial docks, and reveals recent housing developments and urban design strategies for the area. The walk will visit Millennium Square, Cathedral Walk, Lloyd’s amphitheatre and follow the harbourside path, sharing stories of Bristol’s place making ambitions.
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3. Walking tour: Bristol Street Art Tour

Tour leader: Presented by Wherethewall.com
Start and end point: Watershed
Monday, June 29, 15:00-17.00
Price: $12
(Maximum 20 persons)

Bristol’s history of popular creative culture is known all over the world. This tour gives you the opportunity to delve deeper and to see what influenced these international artists. You’ll see painted sky-scrapers, painted houses, stencil art, freehand, graffiti and fine art. You’ll get frequent insights and see locations where the world’s most secretive artist, BANKSY, painted.
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4. Boat tour of the enterprise zone and Stadium site

Tour leader: Andy Gibbins, City Design Group Manager
On board Bristol Ferry Boat “Matilda - 1996”
Pick-up and drop-off point: Watershed
Monday, June 29, 15:00-17.00
Price: $37
(Maximum 25 persons)

Bristol’s renaissance over the past 20 year has embraced many parts of the city centre. That renewal continues. In this ferry boat and walking tour, Andy Gibbins – Bristol City Council’s City Design Manager and project leader on many projects in the city, including the award-winning Bristol Legible City initiative – will talk about the renewal of the Harbourside area, including new housing and new arts and museum facilities and  then the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone where ambitious plans for Temple Meads Station electrification, new offices and housing and an arena are being progressed.  
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5. Cycling tour: The Lost Bristol Harbour Tour

Tour leader: Pablo Chaundy-Brain
Start and end point: #1 Harbourside, next to Watershed
Monday, June 29, 14:00-15:30
Price: $22.50
(Maximum 12)

At the heart of Bristol is the harbour; the waterway that put Bristol on the map. On our Lost Bristol harbour tour we follow the flat, car-free cycle paths that trace the waters edge, looking at the weird, wonderful and of course, the times gone by. The tour is awash with photo opportunities with many of Bristol’s best landmarks making the perfect backdrop en-route. We’ll include a classic styled bicycle, a helmet and a knowledgeable tour guide to keep you informed and entertained.
Pablo Chaundy-Brain has lived in Bristol for 20 years. Since starting in 2012, Pablo has been working as Cycle the City's main tour guide; helping create tours and lead a team of guides. He has a keen interest in local history, cycling, social enterprise and real ale! 
Photo: Cycle the City.
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6. Cycling tour: The Lost Bristol Harbour Tour

Tour leader: Pablo Chaundy-Brain
Start and end point: #1 Harbourside, next to Watershed
Monday, June 29, 15:30-17:00
Price: $22.50
(Maximum 12)

At the heart of Bristol is the harbour; the waterway that put Bristol on the map. On our Lost Bristol harbour tour we follow the flat, car-free cycle paths that trace the waters edge, looking at the weird, wonderful and of course, the times gone by.  The tour is awash with photo opportunities with many of Bristol’s best landmarks making the perfect backdrop en-route. We’ll include a classic styled bicycle, a helmet and a knowledgeable tour guide to keep you informed and entertained. 
Photo: Cycle the City
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FRIDAY, JULY 3 TOURS:

7. Bus/walking tour to Poundbury: a sustainable new urban neighborhood

Tour leaders: Michael Mehaffy (starting in Bristol) and Simon Conibear from the Duchy of Cornwall to meet the group in Poundbury
Start and end point: Watershed
Friday, July 3, 12.00 – 18.00          
Price: $67.50 (includes picnic lunch)
(Maximum 15 persons)    CLOSED

Poundbury is not just about architecture. It is about creating a high-density urban quarter which achieves an attractive, modern and pleasing place in which people can live, work, shop and play. Emphasis is placed on the quality of design and materials, the public realm, and attention to detail - even down to street furniture and signage.
The architecture at Poundbury is unashamedly traditional, using a variety of Dorset materials such as stone, slate and render. The architecture draws on the rich heritage of Dorset. Poundbury demonstrates that it is possible to build high-quality, traditional housing at affordable prices, and provide new factories and offices on competitive terms using radically different urban design principles.
Attendees may also find it helpful in advance of the walking tour, to download an information pack from the Duchy of Cornwall website at: http://duchyofcornwall.org/poundbury.html
Photo: Suzanne H. Crowhurst Lennard
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8. Bath (train & walking tour)

Tour leader: David James, CEO of Bath Tourism.
Friday, July 3, 1.00 – 5.30 pm.        
Price: $52.50 (includes return train ticket and traditional afternoon tea)
(Maximum 15 persons) CLOSED

For this tour, participants must catch the train from Temple Meads station at 1.49 pm (platform 9) to Bath, arriving at 2.06pm. Please allow 30 minutes to walk to Temple Meads and to find the correct platform. Participants will be met at Bath railway station by David James, who will give them a special guided tour of Bath. The tour will focus on Bath’s network of pedestrian streets and squares, Georgian architecture, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge, and the Roman Baths. The tour will include traditional afternoon tea at The Pump Room, featured in Jane Austen novels. Participants will find their own way back to Bristol by train.
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9. The Green Cycle Tour

Tour leader:  Pablo Chaundy-Brain
Start and end point: 1 Harbourside, next to Watershed
Friday afternoon, 12.00 – 3.00pm, July 3
Price: $45
(Maximum 12)

This tour will take you on a scenic cycle around the city, exploring why Bristol is the Green Capital of Europe. Along the way, the tour will focus on 3 main areas: Bristol's green roots and the origins of the green movement, Bristol’s application to become Green Capital, and the exciting projects enabled by our year as Green Capital. 
The Green Tour is a new exciting tour which lasts for 3 hours and includes a picnic lunch to take with you, and a feature from a guest speaker.

Pablo Chaundy-Brain has lived in Bristol for 20 years. Since starting in 2012, Pablo has been working as Cycle the City's main tour guide; helping create tours and lead a team of guides. He has a keen interest in local history, cycling, social enterprise and real ale! 
Photo: Destination Bristol
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