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Guided Walk: Unbuilt Bristol

Festival of the Future City

Starts outside Watershed  |  £6.50 – £12

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Embark on a walking tour exploring the ‘city that might have been’ to learn about the buildings, monuments, bridges or gardens of Bristol that were never built.

Local historian and journalist Eugene Byrne takes us on a walking tour of things that aren’t there: building schemes and monuments that never happened, from the commercially hard-headed to the absurdly idealistic, from the practical to the brutally inappropriate to the just plain ridiculous. The visions outlined in this tour form the story of a city that would have been better in some ways, worse in others, but certainly very different.

Eugene Byrne is the author of Unbuilt Bristol: The City That Might Have Been, 1750-2050, which looks at the building schemes that have been proposed and then abandoned over the last 200 years, from the railway station in Queen Square to the vast cemetery in St Pauls.

Eugene Byrne is a Bristol-based author, historian and journalist.

Supported by

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund_logo

Pay What You Feel

This event is part of our new ticket pricing structure where we ask people to pay what they feel they can afford in accordance with their means. Read more about it here. Read on for the ticket prices for this event.

One free carer ticket can be booked at the same time for a paying disabled visitor. If you need to book more than one, please contact us before booking to arrange.

Pay It Forward

The Pay It Forward option enables you to book a ticket above the standard price, and will help to subsidise a ticket for someone who requires the Pay What You Can option. This option is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and would like to help somebody else with the cost of their ticket.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and stable income and I have the means and desire to contribute towards making the event affordable for others and supporting Bristol Ideas.


This recommended price is based on what we’d traditionally charge for a similar event. It helps us make sure that basic costs are covered. This price is aimed at people who are able to meet their basic needs and have enough to live on.

  • Is this for me? – I have access to a regular and disposable income, and I can comfortably afford the recommended ticket price.


This option is lower than the recommended price. It is subsidised by Bristol Ideas and fellow audience members who have booked at the Pay It Forward rate. This price is aimed at people who could do with support to get by.

  • Is this for me? – My access to income is low and unstable and I worry about meeting my basic needs. I would select a concession rate due to my personal circumstances.

No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, so please contact us if you have any queries.

Booking Information

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Please note we only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.

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