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Uncover the city’s secrets, guided by the people who know Bristol best. Listen to local legends as they help you on your journey, from ship captains to graffiti artists, historians to craft brewers.

Get outdoors and explore the city this September with three immersive audio tours from Bristol Open Doors.

Bristol Open Doors Hidden BristolStories of a Radical City
What stories does the harbour hold? Which tales lie untold?

In 2020 Bristol’s quayside drew the eyes of the world. Join us for a journey through 1,000 years of history from the Merchant traders, slaves and slavers, to a statue thrown unceremoniously into the water.

Featuring No. 10 Guinea Street, Bristol’s lively harbourside, hidden caves and M Shed docks, this special tour is created by the multi award-winning city poet Vanessa Kisuule in collaboration with the people of Bristol.

Hear from the curators, the shakers and the history-makers of this radical city.

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Street Art & the Painted City
Home to Europe’s largest street art festival and the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol is famed for its vibrant painted streets & multi-coloured horizons.

But why is the city so colourful? Who brought street art to Bristol? What’s the story behind the paint?

Starting on the Harbourside, this walking tour ventures into the south of the city, home of the Upfest murals. Hear the stories behind vibrant Bristol from local artists, historians, residents and celebrities – the people who know Bristol best.

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Through Time & Temple
Nestled in the heart of modern Bristol is the ruin of a sacred Temple.

Giving its name to much of the city, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar. Made famous by ‘The Da Vinci Code’, this religious military order built a world-wide empire – now steeped in myth and legend. Remnants of Bristol’s medieval past can be found all around the city, if you know where to look…

Travel through time and temple, from the Crusades to present day. From Colston’s baptism to the secret ale-house meetings of abolitionists, journey through the destruction of the Bristol Blitz, across Bristol’s healing gardens, and finally arrive at the glorious Finzels Reach – the modern-day home of Channel 4 and Historic England.