|Bristol Ferry Boat Company
& Bristol Packet Boat Trips
The Bristol Ferry Boat Company is an excellent form of transport away from the hustle and bustle of traffic jams and pollution. It is a wonderful way to see Bristol from a different vantage point with its harbour sights and marvellous views. There are many landing stages at some of Bristol’s historical waterfront attractions such as the Common Wealth and Empire Museum, the SS Great Britain, the Industrial Museum and Bristol Cathedral.
The company also offers a ferry service during the week to early morning and late evening commuters. It costs just 50p (subsidised by the council) and runs from Temple Meads Station, Hotwells and the Cumberland Basin to the City Centre. It also operates leisure and educational tours and “booze cruises” throughout the harbour. There are strict controls over speed limits and the boats have a low wash. Harmful emissions from boat engines have to be very low and there are strict rules for fuel efficiency and responsibility for waste.
Avon Gorge trips are run passing under the Suspension Bridge with fantastic views and historical commentary. There are river trips stopping at riverside pubs, optional BBQs, day or evening and educational trips with interactive commentary and even a Christmas trip with Father Christmas.
Throughout the better weather the Bristol Packet (Wapping Wharf, Gas Ferry road) run guided trips some as far as Bath. It is possible to hire your own narrow boat and do your own thing. There are Christmas Parties for private hire day or evening. The Balmoral steamship and the Waverley paddlesteamer run day excursions out into the Bristol Channel.
Trips can be tailored to your needs in small or large groups. Whichever way you choose to make your trip and whichever boat you choose, whether it be narrow boat, Dutch barge, the oldest working tug boat in the world or the majestic Matthew you will see a wealth of wildlife – cormorants, geese, ducks, heron and over 100 swans. There are rowing boats in training, canoes and dinghys and if you take a trip during the Harbour Festival you will see all sorts of visiting boats and ships.
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