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Bristol Ferry Boats

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Bristol Ferry Boats


Bristol Ferry Boats provide a scheduled waterbus service around Bristol’s unique Floating Harbour 364 days of the year come rain or shine and have done for 40 years. Visitors and locals alike can hop on and off their boats at any of their 17 stops.

Arriving by train at Temple Meads station? Hop on a ferry (the stop is just a couple of minutes walk from the station) and take a leisurely trip to Bristol’s Shopping Quarter, the City Centre, We The Curious, The Aquarium and of course what better way to arrive at Brunel’s SS Great Britain than by water? The Harbour offers a huge range of bars, restaurants, markets and cafes too as well as the bigger attractions.

Why not stay on board the heated covered boats for a forty minute round trip and take in the sights and sounds of the vibrant City Centre? It is a fascinating way to see the city from a completely different perspective.

Starting in spring Bristol Ferry Boats offer public trips up the Avon Gorge and under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, lovely river trips to Beeses Bar & Tea Gardens for Sunday roast, Riverside picnics and even a fascinating trip up the New Cut. Have you ever wondered what wildlife lies in the Avon Gorge? On their Gorge Wildlife cruises local naturalist Ed Drewitt will open your eyes to things you would not usually notice and his enthusiasm will be sure to keep you thoroughly entertained! See this year's dates on their website and be sure to call and book your place.

Bands at Beeses

What better way to kick start your weekend than an evening boat-trip to this legendary riverside venue. Sit back with a beer or a cheeky G&T and their lovely boat will transport you through the tranquil, leafy,waterways to Beeses. Here you can hop off the boat and soak up the beautiful surroundings whilst enjoying a delicious hog roast, quaffIing a pint of fine ale and of course the ineffable entertainment of a great live band.

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 booze cruise. Just give our friendly staff a call and start planning your special event.



  • 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


  • Ferry Boats - Heading Home Video
  • Ferry Boats - Nightrush Video
  • Ferry Boats - Matilda
  • How to get to the Temple Meads landing stage.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Many landing stages accessible by public transport - see website for more information


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • xxtettyxx
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Hen party fun!
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 26th September 2018
    I booked Emily for my sisters hen weekend in Bristol for 10 guests and we had such a great time! The driver & barman joined in with our fun and everyone enjoyed their time on the boat. We had 2 pub... Read full review
  • Flossie-travel
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Definitely a must
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 18th September 2018
    A great was to see Bristol. Following a visit to the Clifton suspension bridge we walked done to the river and caught the ferry back to the Temple Meads station. It was a lovely journey and allowed... Read full review
  • SouthAfrican2
    Trip Type:
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 16th September 2018
    We booked this as part of the bus and boat day ticket. Was disappointed with the boat part as there was no commentary. Just a boat ride around the harbour Read full review
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Tel: +44 (0)117 927 3416

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

Opening Times

Operates all year (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

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