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Self-Guided Craft Beer Tour (Cross-Harbour Explorer)

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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. ​This 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​. 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​ (just hand over your token),​ 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. 

What You'll Get

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Bristol Floating Harbour, 3 Hannover Quay, Bristol BS1 5JE England

Take a ferry across the historic harbour

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Brunel's SS Great Britain, Gas Ferry Road Great Western Dockyard, Bristol BS1 6TY England

From the ferry and close up through the gates you pass one of the most important historic ships in the world. Built in 1843 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a passenger steam ship, she's been lovingly restored for you to see in all her glory.

Stop At: Upfest, 198 North Street, Bristol BS3 1JF England

You'll walk right through the centre of where Ufest, Europe's largest street art festival is held. Don't forget to look behind you as there are brilliant pieces on sides of houses, shop shutters , store fronts & even sometimes the pavement. These update annually as another festival is held. You will have also be taken via a Banksy with your map.

Stop At: The Matthew of Bristol, Cumberland Road Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN England

A replica of the small ship that John Cabot sailed to discover North America. For a small donation you can take a look around.

She does sometimes take people on trips along the harbour, so if not in her position have a look along the water.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Near public transportation
  • Animals or pets allowed
  • 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. 
  • 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)
  • Well behaved, kept under control dogs are welcome.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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). In the second pub you will be given a bowl of nuts.
  • Entry/Admission - Bristol Floating Harbour

  • 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.
  • Entry/Admission - The Matthew of Bristol

4 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

The tour identified in this promotion is made available through Viator. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the Bristol Hoppers in connection with this deal. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to Viator will be directed back to Groupon.

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The Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here.