Take a boat trip with a difference!

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


Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat Pyronaut, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.  Pyronaut served in Bristol from 1934 until 1973, working particularly hard in the Blitz in 1940-41.  In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour. During this time, she was constantly manned and worked through some of the worst raids of the war.

Dates for 2022

  • Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July
  • Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 August
  • Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 September


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