Bristol Ferry Boats

44 The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 3416

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Bristol Ferry Boats


Bristol Ferry have been proudly serving Bristol’s waterways since 1977. Their iconic yellow and blue boats have been brightening up the Harbour and showcasing Bristol’s wealth of history and maritime heritage to locals and visitors alike. They are a not-for-profit business, well known for their friendly crew and relaxing rides.

Daily Tours

Currently they offer a waterbus service from the City Centre – leaving every 45 minutes from 10am. All daily travel updates can be found on their website.

Single fares are available for those wishing to get from A to B, or a stay-on-board fare for those wanting to sit back and see the entire Harbour on a  round-trip.

Trips & Events

Bristol Ferry offer a range of events which can be booked through their website.

• Gin Cruises 

Enjoy a two-hour trip with two inclusive drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as our crew help to quench a thirsty Thursday. Find out more

• Trips to Beese’s

Beese’s is a charming riverside venue with a beautiful garden, just tucked away along the leafy Conham River Park. Bristol Ferry offer frequent trips there and back on their midweek Cream Tea Cruises, Friday night Band at Beeses (one-way) and their Sunday Shuttle Service. Find out more


Private Hire & Boat Parties

All of their boats are available for Private Hire – most weekends you can see groups on board having the night of their lives – cruising around the docks and visiting riverside venues along the way.

The price of each boat and duration differs and is advised you call their friendly bookings team on 0117 927 3416 – they are always happy to check what is available and tailor the experience to you and your group. Always have alternative dates in mind and ask for the price per person!

The boats are also all available to hire for private trips from educational tours, corporate events, birthdays, weddings, hen dos, river cruises, vintage tea parties, bucks fizz breakfasts, transfers and of course the classic boat party.


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Special Offers

  • Free travel for carers

    The offer: Passengers with disability/in care travel at concessionary fares and up to two carers travel for free.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Bristol Ferry Boats website.

    Offers for carers - redeem this special offer immediately

    Offer link: Offers for carers

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Ferry runs every day except Christmas Day. Check the website for timetables.
Special boat trips on selected days only.


  • Bristol Tourism & Hospitality AwardSmall Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 Small Attraction of the Year Winner 2013 2014

Further Information


  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Audio Commentary in Foreign Languages
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets - On all covered Boats, not on open Boats

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • In town/city centre - Based in the historic Harbour area.

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Booking essential
  • Euros accepted
  • Special group rates

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • BrightlikeaDiamond
    United Kingdom
    Really wanted to take a trip but boats not running.
    2 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 4th June 2022
    Boats were not running when we visited Bristol for our wedding anniversary on May 25th/26th - very disappointing as we had planned a day travelling around the route stopping for a pub lunch, en... Read full review
  • Peter B
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 8th June 2022
    What amazing customer care I received. After my initial trip with my granddaughter ( where there was an on the error on being overcharged). I was contacted to get a refund but instead took the offer... Read full review
  • Sausage22-_19
    Trip Type:
    Fun and interesting way to get to know the Harbour and Ild Quarter area of Bristol
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 18th June 2022
    A fantastic and fun trip around Bristol Harbour- highly recommended for visitors to Bristol as a great way of seeing the City from the waterfront. Special thanks to Charly and Captain who... Read full review

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