Take a boat trip with a difference!

Operational vessel trips are back for the summer at Bristol's M Shed


Explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug, built in Bristol in 1861.  The little steam tug Mayflower was launched from a shipyard at what is now Pooles Wharf on 18 May, 1861. She went to work on the ship canal between Sharpness and Gloucester and managed a working life of over 100 years.  Mayflower then spent 15 years narrowly avoiding the scrap yard before she came back to her birthplace in 1981 to be restored by staff and volunteers from Bristol Museums.  Since then, Mayflower has been a familiar sight in the harbour, running regular weekend trips for those who enjoy the peace and serenity of steam-powered ships.

Dates for 2022

  • Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 July
  • Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 October
  • Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 October


Buy tickets for all vessels on board on the day. Trips last approximately 30 minutes. £6 adult, £4 child / concession.  Concessions are available with proof of identity for 16-25 year olds, students, people over 65, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

Additional information


Please note, M Shed’s large working exhibits are operated by volunteers. Occasionally crew shortages, mechanical difficulties or adverse weather conditions may force us to alter or cancel the advertised event.  We advise you to check directly with us to avoid disappointment by calling 0117 352 6600.

Read more about M Shed, one of our Shipshape Network South West projects.


Region South West