Join M Shed's guides for a tour of Bristol harbour, exploring its industrial and maritime heritage and modern regeneration.

The Floating Harbour walk takes you on a trip into Bristol’s old docklands.

Along the way we highlight the city’s maritime heritage with the aid of a variety of historical photos, plans and maps.

We begin by discussing the reasons why the Floating Harbour had to be created, but it’s really only when we get to Underfall Yard, the locks and the Cumberland Basin that it becomes clearer what it all means.

People are amazed when we show them the changes that occur in the harbour. Even Bristolians on the tour rarely realise why some areas of water stay at a constant level and others always go up and down.

M Shed’s historical walks are led by volunteer guides with a wealth of knowledge and an infectious passion for their subject. All the walks at M Shed are free, donations are gratefully received, and bookings can be made in advance by calling 0117 352 6600.


  • Tuesday 4 June, 10.30am
  • Tue 2 July, 10.30am
  • Tue 6 August, 10.30am
  • Tue 3 September, 10.30am
  • Tue 1 October, 10.30am
  • Tue 5 November, 10.30am
  • Tue 3 December, 10.30am

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