Discover Bristol’s maritime history - unearth infamous pirate lairs, and smugglers’ caves with a guided Pirate Walk.
Pirate Captain, Blackbeard, Edward Teach (or Thatch), was born in Bristol in 1680 and raised in Redcliffe – his childhood home still stands on Bristol Harbourside.
During his life, the world’s most infamous buccaneer terrorised the West Indies and eastern coast of the US before meeting his demise in America. According to legend, he had a hideaway cave under St Mary Redcliffe Church.
Bristol Pirate Walks, led by the charismatic Pirate Pete, are a great way of learning about the city’s often grizzly maritime history in the 16th-19th centuries. The one-hour guided tours unearth historical insights into slavery, trading and piracy. During the walk, encounter Long John Silver’s treasure chest in the smugglers’ cave, visit Treasure Island’s Spy Glass Inn and uncover Blackbeard’s lair in the medieval port.