Bristol has an amazingly rich history, whatever period you are interested in, Bristol has something brilliant to offer, from its Early Medieval origins (as a town), Norman times, through the industrial revolution to the modern day, Bristol's influence on the British Isles and indeed the world has been substantial. The only thing missing are Romans, but let's not worry about that, there is plenty of Roman stuff just outside the city centre. We run activities in many local locations, amongst our favourites:
We have been exploring Tudor Bristol on behalf of our American friends interested in the history of America and the influence Bristol had on this process. It is rare but fascinating step out of prehistory for us and affords plenty of opportunity to experience 17th century pubs; see our USA page.
In the heart of Bristol and preserved for the community in the 19th century, the Downs have a fantastically rich history to be explored. The banks and ditches of Clifton Camp give away its Iron Age legacy. It is also home to an observatory and is one of our favourite spots for our Astronomy from Ancient Places events.
Over on Durdham Down the keen eyed will spot the remains of the Via Julia - the Roman road from Bath to Sea Mills. Nearby we have the remains of a Bronze Age barrow, or is it the consequence of later mining? The mines themselves revealed evidence of rhinoceros, elephant, hyaena and bear, from a time of warmer climes.
Here is a little gem - the harbour at Sea Mills, which 2000 years ago was known as Abonae a hugely important Roman town and port. Although there is little archaeology to see above ground its location is idyllic, nestled against the River Avon, great walks and bird life to see. With a little imagination, the images of Roman trading ships charting the river at a time when Bristol was not on the map are easily conjured.
The Blaise Estate
Another rich landscape, a magnificent Iron Age hill fort around which we find evidence of Roman roads, Bronze Age barrows, and over towards Kingsweston, some clues to its relevance in the second world war.
A wonderfully overlooked Bronze Age stone circle, the second largest in the country. Closer inspection reveals a prehistoric complex of three circles, two avenues and a cove, conveniently located in the beer garden of the Druids Arms. As important as Stonehenge and Avebury, but without the gift shops!
Another legacy of the Dubonni tribe and a great place to take the dogs for a walk - rich woodland and clearances and amazing views over the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge.