Let’s start with a quick quiz question. Which is the closest major UK city to London? Bristol you say? OK, well that was clearly a lucky guess but you’re right! Bristol. The gateway to the south-west. A city so diverse and rich in culture that hundreds of thousands of people are proud to call it home and a place you can enjoy time and time again. Bristol is also the ideal location for a Treasure Hunt with two large green spaces in the centre of the city just a 15 minute riverside walk away from each other.
Sitting close to the Severn Estuary and a stone's throw (albeit a very good throw) from Wales, Bristol’s heritage can be traced back to 1051. An important trading town, Bristol grew consistently as its trading links with Ireland and the rest of the world brought it to prominence amongst sailors, pirates and peddlers. As its maritime roots grew, it transformed itself into a centre of shipbuilding. To this day, its ancient harbour is a fascinating experience for residents and tourists alike. You can even take part in a guided Pirate Walk to discover the fascinating history of the area, but Bristol has so much more to offer than this.
Moving from the harbour across the stunning Pero’s Bridge, Bristol is awash with attractions to keep you busy. Bristol Aquarium in the Harbourside area has a mesmerising collection of native and tropical marine life. With a beautiful coral display at the centre, visitors can walk-through a transparent tunnel to get the full effect of being underwater. If you enjoy wildlife, then a trip to Bristol Zoo Gardens is not to be missed. Set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens, you can see over 400 species of animals, from the cute and cuddly to the most endangered creatures in the world. It’s a great day out.
No matter what time of year you visit, Bristol has something to offer. In the heart of the city lies the oasis of Queen Square. A magnificent Georgian Park, surrounded by trees, it’s a great place for a picnic lunch before taking in the rest of the city.
One of Bristol’s most well-known and instantly recognisable attractionsis the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Designed by Bristol’s other favourite son, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864, it spans the Avon Gorge and links Bristol with the village of Clifton. It’s certainly a sight to see. If you’re in Clifton in early June, you can take in The Clifton International Festival of Music at Clifton Cathedral. Bringing together classical music with some of the brightest musical talents in the area, this week-long festival is a treat for the ears.
Bristol is steeped in art history and popular culture. If you’re a fan of music, film or art, Bristol has something for you. One of Bristol’s famous (and should that be infamous) son’s is street artist Banksy. From being a unknown graffiti artist, Banksy is now a world-famous street artist. His work continues to sell for hundreds of thousands of pounds, but Bristol still has some of his earlier work that you can see around the city for free. The Thekla, Frogmore Street and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery all have example of his early work. If you’re a fan of that kind of art, then make your way to Nelson Street, the home of See No Evil; a permanent, commissioned home to street art.
For theatre buffs, Bristol has a selection of theatres to rival most larger cities. Venues like The Bristol Old Vic, the Bristol Hippodrome and Tobacco Factory entertain thousands upon thousands of visitors every year. Bristol also has a thriving music scene. Since the early 1990s saw the incredible rise of local bands like Portishead, Massive Attack and Tricky, Bristol has flourished with numerous live music venues operating across the city. Concert halls like The Fleece, Colston Hall and The Academy, as well as local pubs, continue that trend. Some of the biggest acts in the world consistently include Bristol as part of their tours.
One of Bristol’s biggest events is the annual International Balloon Festival. Held in the grounds of Ashton Court to the west of the city, it draws visitors from all over the world and is a major event for everyone in the city. Starting from 6:30 am into the evening, the sky fills with a huge array of hot air balloons that has to be seen to be believed.
These are just some of the locations that we can include in your route. We can start and finish an event at your offices or a hotel if you’re visiting. We will finish at a good local pub or bar for the perfect end to your event. Visit our website to find out more about our Bristol Treasure Hunt.
Our Bristol Treasure Hunt covers several areas and we can start and finish at your office or hotel or another convenient location. Bristol can trace its roots back over 1,000 years and its proximity to the Severn Estuary mean that it has a long maritime and trading history. This makes a pirate theme ideal if you want to have a themed event.
The centre of Bristol features two large green open spaces; Castle Park and the attractive Georgian park known as Queen Square. They are only a 15 minute walk from each other at a leisurely pace so they make ideal Treasure Hunt locations. There is a sensory garden, a ruined tower and various memorials, so there are plenty of potential clues to be found.
The route between the parks includes a stroll along the banks of the River Avon. The actual routes are completely flexible, so if you prefer a city centre experience with all the hustle and bustle that is not a problem.
Our Bristol Treasure Hunts are an ideal team building experience for both corporate and private events. Your group is divided into teams and the challenge includes finding clues, taking photos and collecting specific things. At the end of the event we will score your packs and there will be a winning team who received medals.
Cardiff is another location that may be of interest.