Bristol Harbourside & Redcliffe Murder Mystery Trail



Only one purchase required for a group of
up to 6 people

Discover historic landmarks & hidden gems

Find clues & solve escape room-like puzzles

Self-guided tour – do whenever you like & at your own pace

Plenty of historic pubs along the route

Instant download. Print & go now!

Would you like to explore the historic streets of Bristol while solving a crafty murder mystery? ☠️🎨

Well, you’ve come to the right place, detective! Vigilantism is a puzzle-filled immersive treasure hunt with a street art theme and, of course, a whodunit twist. Embark on a thrilling journey through the heart of historic Bristol on this self-guided city tour experience. Along the way, you’ll discover landmarks laden with pirate legacies, spot Banksy street art, solve escape room-like puzzles and find hidden clues to ultimately deduce whodunit. Are you ready to get your sleuth on?!

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Special offer! Get 10% off our latest Murder Mystery Trail in Bristol with the discount code BRISTOL10 for a limited time only!

About this awesome trail

This puzzle-filled Bristol treasure hunt with a whodunit twist has the perfect route plotted out to ensure you see an abundance of highlights in the city centre!

Vigilantism – Bristol Murder Mystery Trail is a self-guided walking tour that navigates you past historic architecture, must-see landmarks, and street art, including:

  • The cobbled 17th century King Street
  • College Green & Bristol Cathedral
  • Banksy graffiti
  • Millennium Square
  • Pero’s Bridge
  • Queen Square
  • St. Mary Redcliffe Church
  • The Matthew (A replica of John Cabot’s 1497 North America discovery ship)
  • Plenty of historic pubs ideal for a pitstop
  • And many more hidden gems

Along the route for this Bristol treasure hunt, you’ll pass through the Harbourside, Old City and Redcliffe neighbourhoods, ending on the east side of Spike Island. The total length is approx. 3.5km. Allow 2.5-3 hours to appreciate your surroundings, and complete the trail at a leisurely pace. There are plenty of refreshment stops and photo opportunities along the way! Check out our ‘pints of interest‘ section for historic pub suggestions along the trail that have fascinating stories to tell.

The route starts on King Street, an ideal spot to check out some historic pubs before setting off. The trail ends outside the M Shed museum on Princes Wharf (free entry), and is a great chance to see a couple more Banksy pieces! Also along Princes Wharf is the Matthew – a replica of John Cabot’s ship in which he discovered North America in 1497 (also free to board the ship!).

The cryptic puzzles and immersive whodunit story make this trail feel more like an outdoor escape room at times. This Bristol Murder Mystery Trail makes a great day out for tourists and locals alike. Available for instant download. So, what are you waiting for?!

Note: To solve a couple of the puzzles, you’ll need to fold and draw on the pages. We recommend printing this trail out (or ordering a printed copy) rather than following it on your phone.

Bristol trail statistics:

  • Start location: 20 King St, BS1 4EF (view on Google Maps), a perfect spot for a refreshment in a historic pub!
  • End location: Outside M Shed, Princes Wharf, BS1 4RN.
  • Clue difficulty: 3.5/5
  • Duration: ~2.5-3 hours
  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Terrain: Easy
  • Wheelchair/buggy accessible: OK*

The case synopsis:

A vandalised Gallery, a vigilante artist, and the demise of an exhibition curator! Navigate a trail of cryptic street art that lay before you. What is the vigilante artist up to? Who is the real identity of the elusive vandal, ‘Pranksy’? And most importantly, whodunit? It’s time to brush up on your puzzle-solving skills, detective!

Trail overview:

  • A murder mystery-themed self-guided walking tour around Bristol Harbourside & Redcliffe
  • A unique blend of walking tour, treasure hunt and escape room-like elements
  • Discover historical landmarks and hidden gems as you follow the route
  • Solve clues to uncover evidence, eliminate suspected characters and weapons, and ultimately deduce whodunit
  • Self-guided tour – do whenever you like and at your own pace
  • Instantly downloadable. Print onto A4 paper, and you're ready to go
  • Alternatively, you can follow the trail using any smartphone or tablet device (see below)
  • Ideal for groups of 2-6 people. Only one purchase required per group, so it makes for an affordable day out
  • Whether a local or visiting somewhere new, our trails are the best way to explore and learn about your surroundings.
  • Solve correctly, and you'll receive a certificate and a voucher towards your next trail!
Discover landmarks
& hidden gems
Find clues &
solve puzzles
Deduce whodunit
to crack the case!
  • Discover landmarks & hidden gems
  • Find clues & solve puzzles
  • Deduce whodunit to crack the case!

Download, print & go!

Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. We’ve investigated all the highlights each location offers, which have been carefully crafted into each trail. There are plenty of must-see landmarks, selfie opportunities, and refreshment stops along each route. So, get ready to unlock a whole new world of adventure, as city breaks will never be the same again!

Simply download and print the trail in colour onto A4 paper, and you’re ready to go. No access to a printer? No worries. Alternatively, you can view the PDF trail using any tablet or smartphone device. Make sure to bring along a pen and paper to sketch out occasional clues and note down your answers to complete the finale metapuzzle with a celebratory refreshment. Learn more...

Who is the trail aimed at?

Killer Trails are challenging adventures full of riddles, cryptic puzzles and gripping stories for anyone who loves to explore, socialise and learn. Our murder-mystery-style treasure hunts make for a thrilling city break or day out with spouses, friends, colleagues and the whole family. So if you enjoy escape rooms, puzzles, scavenger hunts, ghost and historical tours, murder mysteries or board games, you’re in for a killer time. Before you’ve even solved your first Murder Mystery Trail, you’ll be dying to do another!

If you're looking for a stag party or hen-do treasure hunt, then our Murder Mystery Trails are great entertainment and an ideal ice-breaker. Everyone will get to know each other while solving clues and exploring the local area. Plus, there are plenty of traditional pubs and refreshment stops en route! As our trails are self-guided, you can take as many pitstops and detours as you wish. For larger groups, please purchase an additional copy for every six people. For example, ten people require two purchases of a trail. Here are some tips for larger groups.

Plot a killer day out in Bristol

Bristol: A Treasure Trove of History, Art, and Adventure.

Bristol is a vibrant city with a magnetic charm and offers a mosaic of experiences.

Pirate and Maritime heritage
For those enchanted by tales of high seas and daring buccaneers, Bristol’s maritime history intertwines seamlessly with its pirate legacy. Stroll along the harbourside and step aboard The Matthew (free entry), a replica of John Cabot’s ship on which he discovered North America. Visit The SS Great Britain, the largest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1853, to relive the golden age of travel. And discover historic pubs that whisper tales of pirates and sailors from centuries ago, inspiring some of the greatest adventure novels ever written.

Museums, Galleries & Street Art:
Bristol is home to world-class museums and galleries where you can journey through its cultural tapestry and heritage, notably The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, M Shed, and Arnolfini, boasting diverse exhibitions that are all free entry!

Bristol is proudly the hometown of the elusive street artist Banksy. You can spot two of his thought-provoking and whimsical street art pieces along this trail. Artseekers: Also check out M Shed (where this trail ends) for Banksy’s ‘Grim Reaper’ and ‘Tesco Value Petrol Bomb’ and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to see the ‘Paint-Pot Angel’.

So, if you’re searching for an immersive, puzzle-filled way to discover Bristol, call off the search! This Bristol treasure hunt captures the essence of the city, leaving you with a clear understanding of what the area has to offer and a big smile on your face.

Inspect all of our murder mystery-themed trails in South West England.

*The route passes down one set of steps on Trinity St between College Green and Anchor Road. With a small diversion, these can be avoided. To do this, exit College Green to the east (walking past the Marriott Hotel), then turn right onto Anchor Rd (sign for Canons Rd) and rejoin the route. Some road crossing points may not have dropped kerbs. Some of the route has cobbled streets. Head to Visit Bristol’s Accessible page and Euan’s Guide for more local information.

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Don't just take our word for it...

Perfect activity for my group and me!”

This was the perfect activity for my group and me! One in the group had never been to London before, and the rest of us had been several times. But this trail certainly made sure that we all got to see something we’d never seen before! It was so much fun and the clues were a perfect mix of difficulty! I would highly recommend this activity to anyone interested in experiencing London in a different way.

A great way to explore!”

Such a great way to explore Oxford! The tour was so fun and engaging, which takes to you to lots of key Oxford landmarks! The format also means you can take breaks when you need and keeps it very relaxed! So you can tailor it to your group! Definitely recommend and will be doing another one again!

The clues are there!!!”

Fabulous concept! Great fun looking up and down, finding new things and trying to beat each other at solving the clues. Suitable for young and old. We loved it! Picked up the pen and clues off we went. Lots of stops on the way to discuss what next. Really enjoyed it and saw things we would not normally have seen.

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by caro1NorfolkEngland via Tripadvisor

An absolute MUST if you like adventures!”

The most fun we’ve had in a while! Literally the best self-guided tour/activity that’s super exciting and engaging, while also being informative. Absolute bargain for the price and it’s excited us to complete all of the other Killer Trails!! It’s easy for all age groups to solve and you can take as long as you want to solve it – we definitely took our time, taking in all the beauty of our surroundings and looking at things we normally wouldn’t have looked at. Getting to the end of it and solving the murder was definitely a bonus and super satisfying and rewarding!

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by Radoslava K via Tripadvisor

Affordable, fun, and something different”

The murder mystery trail was so fun and such a unique and engaging way to look at things you wouldn’t normally see, and learn things about York you might miss at other attractions. It’s affordable, fun, and something different. Easy to follow, simple instructions and the perfect level of clue difficulty for all!

Review of York's Murder Mystery Trail, by paranormalpagan via Tripadvisor

Fun times for all the family”

Friends and I completed this at the weekend. I’ve lived in Manchester for 8 years now and I still found new things. Great story, would say it’s a medium level in terms of how challenging it was. Highly recommended. Even better with adults having a couple of drinks at key locations.

the perfect birthday outing”

This turned out to be the perfect birthday outing for my husband during the lockdown restrictions. It was a really fun experience. And my husband wants to check out other trails in different cities soon. It was so cool finding clues while spotting things we had never noticed in the city. We stopped half way through to have lunch outdoor with food we took along as all restaurants are closed due to the lockdown. Thank you so much. This is a brilliant concept.

A great cheap day out”

I was in charge of planning a trip for my family, as a day out. They said to me that there were all money conscious and that I had to make it cheap. I stumbled across Killer Trails murder mystery and thought perfect! Around £13 in total for a mystery that all six of us could play, which worked out to be a few pound each between us! I printed the PDF file that was sent to me three times, and we split into three groups of two. This made us highly competitive and so much fun! We raved from start to finish to see who could complete it first, we were so competitive and the game was so good that every minute flew by, we were laughing and giggling bumping into each other, hiding our secrets and trying not to look obvious when we found something the entire way around! It was actually so much fun. I don’t usually write long reviews but I thought this company well deserved one. What a great, cheap day out for my entire family. And also if we wanted to stick together we could have, and taken it slow and enjoyed the walk. Either way would work. 10/10

Review of London's West End Murder Mystery Trail, by Inspiration776588 via Tripadvisor

A brilliant way to see the city”

We only had one day in Liverpool so this mystery trail was a great way to see all the highlights in just a few hours. Plus the trail was fun to complete along the way.

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What time does the trail start?

  • You can start the trail whenever you like! Our trails are self-guided walking tours. This means you can conquer them at your own pace, taking as many detours and pit-stops as you desire. Just download it, print it out, and you're ready to go!

Is the price per person or group?

  • Only one purchase is required for a group of up to six people. So at just £12.99, our Murder Mystery Trails make for an affordable day out.

    Please note: One trail purchase is required for every six people participating. For example, ten people must purchase two copies of a trail.

Can a large group do a trail?

  • Yes! If you’re looking for an activity for a large family outing, work-do, club get-together, or stag/hen party ice-breaker, then our Murder Mystery Trails are great entertainment. Everyone will get to know each other while solving clues and exploring the local area. Plus, there are plenty of decent pubs and refreshment stops along each route.

Any tips for larger groups?

  • All you need is one printed copy of a trail per group. If there are more than six people in your party, simply split your group into smaller teams, stagger the start times, and compete against each other! Each trail has roughly 14-20 clues to solve. Once you’ve cracked the case, you can see all the clue answers on our website. For scoring, you could compare each team’s clue scores, and why not add in some additional tie-breaking challenges of your own, e.g. the best team photo on the trail. If you'd like to have the answers and certificates ready before you set off, send us a message.

    As our trails are self-guided, you can take as many pitstops and detours as you wish. Although challenging at times, all teams should crack the case. The main point of our trails is to bring everyone together for a fun and affordable day out. The trail routes are full of breathtaking landmarks, hidden gems, selfie opportunities, and plenty of refreshment stops.

How difficult is it?

  • Our trails have a ‘clue difficulty’ rating of 1-5 stars. They are easy to follow, and all should be solvable with some contemplation and logical thinking. A five-star puzzle difficulty would be challenging but totally achievable. Exercise your little grey cells, or else they’ll grow rust! All trails also come with a hints section if you ever get stuck.

Can kids do this trail too?

  • Our Murder Mystery-themed trails are cryptic treasure hunts with a whodunit twist. They're designed for adults, but kids will love helping to find and solve the clues, too! They just might need a hand with some of the more challenging ones. The stories for each Murder Mystery Trail are lighthearted and full of amusing characters, pop culture references and plot twists that will keep you guessing.

Can I do the trail on a phone?

  • Although we recommend printing out the trail, you can view the PDF and follow the route using a tablet or smartphone. Make sure to bring a pen and paper to note down your answers. The murderer and the weapon are revealed with a final metapuzzle. So, you could draw this out to fill in as you go or complete this bit when back at home with a warm cuppa! Other occasional clues may also need sketching out.

Where can I get the trail printed?

  • If you’re away from home but would prefer a printed version, here are a few ideas:
    • If you’re staying in a hotel, politely ask if the front desk could print your trail.
    • Libraries aren’t just for books, you know! Find a local library using this Google search and use their printing facilities.
    • Office supply stores often provide a printing service. Find a local office supply store with this Google search.

Are there any pubs on the route?

  • Yes! Killer Trails and old spooky pubs go hand in hand. There are plenty of refreshment stops along each route. We make every trail navigate past as many notable and historic pubs as possible. So keep your eyes peeled!

Is the entire trail outside?

  • In short, yes. Our Murder Mystery Trails take you on a journey past historical landmarks and points of interest, offering a unique way to explore touristy hotspots around the UK. To complete the trail, you don't need to enter any paid tourist attractions. But of course, you are welcome to take a break from the trail to visit any attraction or make any stops you like.

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