Photo: Guided harbourside walk with Ed Hall

The walk will start at 14:00hrs on the Arnolfini side of Pero’s bridge , and will finish back at Arnolfini. The walk will take between an hour and an hour-and-a-half.

Your knowledgeable guide, Ed Hall, will talk about various parts of the harbour, the history of local ship building and about some of the individual vessels moored there. In the picture above, he’s talking about John Cabot’s ship the Matthew which sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. The vessel Ed’s talking about is here a reconstruction of Cabot’s original vessel.

About your guide

As a former tourist boat skipper working for the Bristol Packet Boat Company and the Bristol Ferry Boat Company, there’s not much Ed doesn’t know about this part of Bristol! His work covered the city docks and the River Avon all the way up to Bath and he recently retired after about 45 years ‘on the water’. Providing the running commentary for tours run by these companies is where he acquired his in-depth knowledge of Bristol and its history. A highly experienced walking tour-guide, Ed also runs tours for Bristol Museums.

About the walk

The walk starts at the Arnolfini side of Pero’s Bridge, across Prince Street swing bridge and along the dockside in front of M Shed to the grey steam crane. You will then pass back along the front of M Shed, across Prince Street and walk along the dockside to the Bathurst Basin, past the Ostrich Pub and Midland Wharf to Redcliffe lift bridge. Once over the bridge we will walk along the Grove with a small diversion into Queen Square and back to the Arnolfini for a farewell coffee – or a pint!
  • Dress for the weather, wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella.
  • This particular talk will be quite in-depth and therefore may not be suitable for children.

Entry to all our exhibitions remains free: events such as this help us raise much-needed funds to keep Ken’s vision alive and to assure the future of his delightful collection.

Photo: traffic on Bristol's floating harbour

View of traffic on the Floating Harbour looking towards the areas where the walk will be taking place.