Experience a working crane on the dockside with trips inside the electric cranes and the Fairbairn steam crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits! Watch the impressive landmarks at work and find out the vital part they played in the working life of the dockside.
Take a ride in an electric crane cabin. A landmark on Bristol’s docks, these cargo cranes are a link to the city’s 1950s trading heyday.
The cranes are the last survivors of eight which were originally on the quayside and of over 40 which were originally in the City Docks during the 1950s.
Fairbairn steam crane
Climb inside the engine house of the Fairbairn steam crane – the oldest surviving exhibit of its type in Britain and a scheduled ancient monument – and see the boiler and watch the crane operating.
This innovative steam crane was built in 1878 by Victorian engineer William Fairbairn, to lift heavy loads from the deep holds of ships more efficiently than other cranes of the day.
The Steam Crane is undergoing maintenance and is not currently in operation
Buy tickets on board on the day.
Electric cranes – £3;
Fairbairn steam crane – free, but donations welcome.
Trips last approximately 20 minutes.
Dates for 2019
Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 June
Saturday 3 — Sunday 4 August
Saturday 10 — Sunday 11 August
Saturday 31 August — Sunday 1 September
Saturday 21 — Sunday 22 September
Saturday 28 — Sunday 29 September
Saturday 19 — Sunday 20 October
Map & Directions
Tel: +44 (0)117 352 6600
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