Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour (Cross-Harbour Explorer)
Durations: 4 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
Explore Bristol and its beer scene on foot with this mystery tour. Included are seven delicious beers, four brilliant stops, a ferry journey and interesting facts about the historic sights and street art you see on your walk.
This beer tour is great for locals and tourists alike. It takes you to visit four¬†very different, interesting venues to enjoy your delicious Bristol brewed beers in. There's a good fifteen minute stroll in between them which passes many of Bristol's historic sights and street art, yet takes you off the beaten track.¬†This tour is available in the afternoons only and is best taken during daylight.¬†
An email from me (Heather) the day before your tour will guide you to two Banksy's very close to the starting pub as well as some background on Bristol Cathedral. ‚ÄčThis means if you are ready a little before your start time then there is plenty to see.¬†
At the starting pub, you'll be given your welcome envelope from one of the lovely bar staff‚Äč. This will contain tokens to exchange for your beers and a map telling you where you'll be spending them! There's also your ferry fare and a card with some interesting facts about the sights and street art that you'll see on your tour.¬†¬†
After enjoying your beer here, you'll¬†venture¬†into 3¬†other brilliant,¬†independent locations in the area. There's another traditional pub with outdoor space, a brewery tap room where all of the delicious beers are brewed on the premises, and a great bar filled with curiosities.There's a locally brewed beer¬†or three in¬†each¬†venue included¬†in¬†the¬†price‚Äč (just hand over your token),‚Äč but¬†feel¬†free to¬†stay¬†for¬†more¬†if¬†you¬†like. The great thing about this tour is that you can do it at your own pace. You'll also be given a bowl of nuts in the second pub.¬†
Taking your time as you walk between venues is especially important on this tour because you pass right by historic gems, such as the SS Great Britain and The Matthew, as well as loads of brilliant street art pieces painted for Upfest, Europe's largest street art festival (don't forget to look behind you!) Your map will also take you to a hidden Banksy and you will have an email from me (Heather) the day before which¬†
Typically, people spend 3-5 hours taking this tour.¬†
If there's anyone in your group not drinking beer, there's some excellent ciders available instead to enjoy.¬†
Well behaved dogs, kept under control are welcome on this tour too.¬†
Your tour price includes:
- Seven different locally produced beers (a mix of half pint and third pint sizes). You will have tokens for each venue in your welcome envelope.¬†
- Your cross-harbour ferry is also included (fare included in welcome envelope).¬†
- Snacks - In the second pub you will be given a bowl of nuts.
- Pen & paper to note your favourite beers on.¬†
No food is included, except for nuts in the second pub, but is served in two of the four venues. There are plenty of restaurants along the route of your tour and your map takes you to a finish in an area filled with independent eateries if you do fancy a bite to eat.¬†¬†
Your tokens can only be swapped for beer as stated on the cards in your welcome envelope, or for cider if preferred. The measures given for cider may differ than that stated, at the discretion of the venue.
The start point, College Green is close to the centre, so close to lots of bus stops. The bus station is a ten minute walk and Bristol Temple Meads train station is a twenty minute walk.
There is a few things to see, including two Banksy pieces before you arrive at the starting pub. You'll receive an email the day before the tour guiding you from College Green to these and the cathedral. ¬†Please ensure you check your junk mail if you don't receive this. If you want to look around the cathedral then please select a start time of around 30 mins after you're likely to arrive in the area. (Cathedral opens until 3.15pm on a weekend and 4pm on a weekday)
The last beer stop on the tour is a five minute walk from Bedminster train station and plenty of bus stops if you'd prefer to stop there. The map will guide you to Wapping Wharf though, if you'd prefer, which is a lovely area and only a five minute walk to the centre. Bristol also has Uber.
The route is flat but the total walk is around two miles so dress comfortably and be weather prepared.¬†
Well behaved, kept under control dogs are welcome.
Identification: In case you are lucky enough that others may think you look younger than you are, please bring identification to ensure that the venues are happy to see you alcohol.¬†
Clothing: You are walking for around 2 miles in total, so dress for comfort and be weather ready (good shoes/ sunglasses/ sunscreen/ umbrella/ waterproofs)
Money: You may want to buy extra drinks, snacks, lunch or dinner.¬†
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 25% if booking is cancelled 24 hours or less before event